PUEBLO – The Pueblo County Commissioners approved a 90-day contract with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) Tuesday.
The City Council did the same Monday night.
The HSPPR was replaced by Paws for Life at the beginning of the year but after a scathing report from state inspectors, they had to forfeit their license.
The Humane Society will take care of the shelter and animal law enforcement starting Wednesday. The local governments and HSPPR hope to hash out a long term contract in the future. For the time being, they will be focusing on strays and not adoptions.
Folks in Pueblo were also showing their love for the HSPPR staff Tuesday.
The community held a welcome back party with signs and food to show their appreciation for the group.
“I think it’s a breath of fresh air for the community and real excitement that they were willing to come back,” said Pueblo resident, Kathy Nicholls.
Even though the animal shelter isn’t officially open, workers accepted their first dog today.
HSPPR said the dog was malnourished but as soon as he is healed, he will be sent to another shelter for adoption.