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On Tuesday night the Eagle City Council approved a three-month contract extension with the Idaho Humane Society (IHS) for animal control services. This decision comes after much discussion and weighing of options between city officials and a citizen advisory group.
It was much reported this summer that the City of Eagle was considering no longer contracting with IHS for animal control services at the end of the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The City of Eagle was considering this position due to a serious increase in the cost of services. The cost to the City for fiscal year 2019-2020 increased from $70,000 to $140,000. The City was and continues to be concerned with the level of animal control services citizens receive due to Eagle’s distance from IHS.
The City of Eagle formed a citizen advisory group to discuss all options for animal control. Those options included hiring an animal control officer through the Eagle Police Department to handle patrol and enforcement in Eagle while still taking lost animals to IHS, or taking lost and at-large dogs to Garden City’s animal control kennel. Ultimately the group decided the best short-term option was to continue the contract with IHS for three months. This will give the advisory group more time to explore options.
The contract extension will end on 12/31/2019 and costs the City $35,000 which is one-quarter of the $140,000 cost for FY19-20.