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City of Tyler is taking over animal control after 20 years

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The City of Tyler will soon be in charge of managing their own animal control. (Source: KLTV Staff) The City of Tyler will soon be in charge of managing their own animal control. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Right now, animal control for the city is actually run by the Northeast Texas public health district. (Source KLTV Staff) Right now, animal control for the city is actually run by the Northeast Texas public health district. (Source KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The City of Tyler will soon be in charge of managing their own animal control.

Right now, animal control for the city is actually run by the Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health), but city officials believe they can now do the same job at a lower cost. For the past 20 years NET Health has run animal control on a budget of $350,000, provided by the city.

This budget does not include vehicles, vehicle maintenance and fuel, which the city also pays for.

"It was not due to a performance-based issue, it was due to they feel like they can operate the service cheaper than we can," said George Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, North East Texas Public Heath.

Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle says to continue the services through NET Health, the cost would increase by $50,000 at the beginning of next year.

"What we paid this past year we think we can do it for the same thing next year; thus, there is approximately a $50,000 savings there," Swindle said.

NET Health Chief Executive George Roberts says right now animal control employees take at least one trip to Jacksonville every day.

"As we pick up dogs or cats or other critters, for example, we take those to Jacksonville to the Kline animal shelter," Roberts said.

When the city's new animal shelter opens, the animals can go straight there, and the costs of those trips to Jacksonville will then go to operation of the new shelter.

The new animal shelter isn't set to open until May of 2015, but Swindle says they'll be able to continue animal control on a month-to-month contract.

"We plan on keeping the animals well taken care of, like we are currently doing, in making the transition. There won't be any times we are out of service," Swindle said.

The city will officially take over animal control on October 1 of this year.

NET Health was given a 90-day notice before the decision was made.

Seven employees will be affected by the transition, but we are told they will be able to apply for new animal control jobs with the City of Tyler.

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