Pasco News

NPR seeks animal control contract with county

NEW PORT RICHEY — After experimenting with a volunteer unit and a city dog kennel the past year, New Port Richey city officials will seek a contract with Pasco County Animal Services to provide animal control in the future.

Mayor Bob Consalvo said he doesn’t think the city dog kennel and volunteer unit are not working.

“It’s just constant aggravation,” Consalvo said about the city dog facility.

Last fall, the city borrowed space at the SPCA Suncoast shelter, at 7734 Congress St., to care for dogs. The plan was to build a permanent dog kennel on the site of the city police department on 6739 Adams St. City officials, however, discovered the site did not have enough room.

The city then rented space from a Land O’ Lakes veterinarian.

Interim City Manager Susan Dillinger said Tuesday night that she had contacted the county department.

A change in plans will require revisions to the city animal ordinance will become necessary, Dillinger said. She intends to have revisions ready for a Wednesday, Sept. 4, meeting of city council.

City officials might have to move quickly to complete a contract with Pasco County by Oct. 1, the start of the 2014 fiscal year for both the county and city.

The city previously contracted with county, before the formation of the volunteer unit in September 2012. Potential savings of $20,000 to $30,000 a year initially appealed to city officials because of the cash-strapped budget at that time.

City officials believed local professionals and volunteers could deliver better service as well.

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