New animal shelter could save money, but will it save animals' lives?
The new shelter will house 75 dogs (Source: KLTV Staff)
A sketch of the new animal shelter set to open May 2015 (Source: Gary Swindle)
The new shelter will house 50 cats (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
The opening of a new animal shelter in Tyler could save taxpayers lots of money if the right partnerships happen, but members of the local SPCA say they're concerned about the space for the animals and the number of euthanizations that will take place every five days.
In 2013, the City of Tyler voted to approve the purchase of a new animal care facility, and now the animal care advisory committee is looking to be cost efficient by hopefully partnering with Smith County.
"Our number one goal is to make sure the taxpayers' money is spent wisely and that we do it efficiently and effectively," said Chief of Police Gary Swindle. "The more partnerships we form, the more money everyone will save."
The SPCA also agrees a partnership would be best despite the city breaking off the proposition last year to work together.
"Dogs don't really know where the county line is, so a city dog may end up in the county and vice-versa," said SPCA of East Texas president Deborah Dobbs. "There are costs that could be mitigated by partnering."
The new facility will be provide shelter for 75 dogs and 50 cats, but the SPCA doesn't think the shelter will have enough kennels and cages.
"My concern is that they need to appreciate the number of animals coming in and the high volume of euthanasia that will be required more than once a week because they'll have to make room for more animals," Dobbs said.
Though the current plan is to euthanize animals after a five day turn around, the committee is hoping organizations like the SPCA can help animals live.
"We're looking forward to working with all of them to where we hope to adopt as many animals, dogs and cats, as possible," Swindle said. "The study we did over the past year where we compared how other cities operate helps us to believe that we will have about 60 percent more capacity, so we'll only be using about 40 something percent, just based on our numbers."
The SPCA agrees adoption is always helpful, but they want to encourage pet owners to help in other ways.
"They can spay and neuter their pet, and collar and tag their pet. The circumstances surrounding animal control right now are somewhat antiquated and not real functional, and their animals are at risk if they get lost," Dobbs said.
No action has been taken for a possible partnership with the county, but the new animal shelter is set to open May of next year.
Thursday, September 11 2014 5:21 AM EDT2014-09-11 09:21:40 GMT
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