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Solana Beach City Council approves animal services contract with San Diego Humane Society

The Solana Beach City Council unanimously approved a three-year contract with San Diego Humane Society for animal control services, beginning July 1, according to a San Diego Humane Society news release.

San Diego Humane Society will provide shelter and care of animals, law enforcement patrol seven days a week, including the beach, a desk at city hall to conduct local field service duties and community engagement services.

“We have been preparing for this opportunity for more than a year to ensure we’re ready to provide our high-level services to the animals and their families of Solana Beach,” said Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “With this contract we will be able to make it easier for lost pets to be reunited with their families by expanding hours of services and coverage, and creating a safety-net for pet families throughout the city.”

A year ago March, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors announced it would no longer offer animal services to six contract cities: Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach. The current contract terms will expire on June 30. San Diego Humane Society was the only organization to respond to manage these city’s more than 20,000 homeless animals.

The cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Santee and San Diego have already agreed to contract animal services from San Diego Humane Society. San Diego Humane Society is still in negotiations with the final city, Encinitas. The council hearing date is set for May 23.

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