SPCA Ending Contract With Fresno County; What Now?

The Central California SPCA will end its contract with Fresno County on Monday, October 1.

The Fresno County Department of Public Health released the following statement Friday afternoon:

"Effective October 1, 2012, state mandated animal control services in unincorporated areas of Fresno County will no longer be provided by the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (CCSPCA)."

"The CCSPCA will continue to provide many important services for all of Fresno County including pet adoptions, pet spay and neuter, veterinary services, animal cruelty investigations, and other services for pet owners."

"The County of Fresno Animal Control Program will respond to vicious animal complaints, receive dog and cat bite reports, and respond to injured animals where the owner cannot be found."

Fresno County Animal Control can be reached at (559) 600-PETS (7387).

Meanwhile, unlike the county, the SPCA will continue to provide animal control services for the City of Fresno after October 1.

City Manager Mark Scott on Thursday said the Central California SPCA has agreed to continue to provide full animal control services for the city while both sides continue to talk about a transition of services.

That transition period is expected to last at least six months.