County to reassume animal control efforts

March 11th, 2008 - 8:18am


(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County Commissioners and Sheriff's department personnel discussed animal control Monday morning. Commissioners approved bringing it back under control of the Sheriff's Department, as opposed to contracting with the Clallam County Humane Society.

Sheriff Bill Benedict says it'll be close to the same amount now being paid under the contract and better fits the core function of both the sheriff's department and the Humane Society.

He says he will also take a look at reinvigorating the County's licensing program, in order to fully fund the program.

He also plans to find ways to partner with the cities in the county to perhaps provide expanded animal control services.

Benedict and the Commissioners also talked about getting a more efficient truck for the officers. The new program is expected to take effect about April 1st.



County may take animal control back

March 10th, 2008 - 11:24am


(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County commissioners are mulling over an idea to move animal control duties to the county. Currently the Clallam County Humane Society offers most of those services under a contract.

But the latest proposal has the sheriff's department assuming the responsibilities. The county's current contract with the humane society expires in three weeks.

If approved, the move would bring animal control service full circle, as the county used to provide the service before turning it over to the humane society a number of years ago.



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