PUEBLO—Animal shelter and animal control should be back and operational in Pueblo next week. A vote is scheduled for Pueblo City Council and Pueblo Board of County Commissioners to okay a contract for Humane Society of the Pikes Peak region to oversee operations for 90 days. During the interim service, city and county leaders will work on finding a long term service provider.
The compensation for the 90 days totals more than a half million dollars. There is a start up fee of $25 thousand. The city covers just under $14 thousand and the county’s portion is a little over $11 thousand.
Then there is a per day cost. The city’s portion is just over $3 thousand a day. The county’s daily cost is around $25 hundred. Combined and multiplied by 90 days, the total is $495 thousand. With the start up cost it is a $520 thousand budget.The agreement includes:
- Wages, salaries and benefits for staffing.
- Veterinary services
- All the equipment and supplies necessary to run the shelter. That is everything from animal food and medications to computers and software.
- Animal control, including animal enforcement vehicles.