As expected, Monday the Del Mar City Council unanimously approved a three-year contract with the San Diego Humane Society for animal control services.
The contract begins July 1.
In addition to providing shelter and care of animals, San Diego Humane Society will provide a law enforcement patrol, including the beach, a desk at city hall to conduct local field service duties and community engagement services, according to a statement from the organization.
“We are honored to be allowed the privilege of performing animal services for a community that values their animals,” said Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “We appreciate all the work city staff has done to pull this contract together in time for us to keep homeless and injured animals in Del Mar safe.”
Del Mar, like several other cities, found itself in need of a new animal control provider last year when the county announced it would no longer offer such services to Del Mar and five other contract cities: Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach.
The current county contract for all six cities expires June 30.
Three cities — Carlsbad, Santee and San Diego — have already agreed to a contract with San Diego Humane Society beginning July 1. The organization is still in negotiations with the cities of Solana Beach and Encinitas; contract votes are set for May 9 and May 23, respectively.
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