Local animal control dispute leads to better communication
We are glad to see that a renewed partnership seems to have been achieved on animal control in Yuma County.
The other day, Yuma city and county officials joined with Humane Society representatives to announce their relationship has moved beyond some past animosity and they will work together to ensure efficient and proper handling of stray animals.
For some time now there has been a simmering disagreement between Humane Society officials and local government officials over animal control procedures and the cost of housing animals. In the past, the Humane Society contracted with local governments to provide all animal control services, but lately local government entities have been taking over the animal control function while continuing to rely on the Humane Society to shelter the animals and dispose of them if necessary.
But recently Yuma County had become concerned about the cost of using the Humane Society shelter and began considering opening its own shelter. This created quite a stir in the community because the Humane Society has just opened a new enlarged facility using loans and significant donations. Some also believe the Humane Society is a better protector of animals.
Fortunately, there are times when controversy creates an environment for needed discussion. That is what happened this time, according to Yuma County Administrator Robert Pickels.
“There's been a lot of dialogue separately and together. It's all been positive. We have a better understanding of the Humane Society's needs and they have a better understanding of our priorities and objectives,” said Pickels. “Just breaking down that obstacle has allowed us to move forward more productively.”
And the discussions won't end there. Arrangements have been made to maintain lines of communication between government officials and the Humane Society so issues can be more quickly resolved rather than letting them fester.
That's good news for the community. It ensures the best use of resources and helps prevent duplicative services.
For now, it also means there will be no need to build a separate animal shelter.
Community members can feel reassured that good animal control practices will continue and that animals will be treated in a humane way.