COUNTY TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON OUTSOURCING ANIMAL SERVICES

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Only meeting in East County is tomorrow, July 19 in Ramona; cities and unincorporated areas affected since County will stop providing Animal Services to six contract cities

East County News Service

July 18, 2017 (San Diego)-- Residents in unincorporated areas can give their input on what animal services they’d like to see during three upcoming community meetings. The County is considering outsourcing work done by the Department of Animal Services to another entity by next July, but wants residents’ feedback first on what services they expect and any suggestions.

An independent external consultant will run the three meetings in Ramona, Fallbrook and Bonita. The first one is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 at the Ramona Library. Note: East County Magazine has asked the county to provide a second meeting in East County since this  is inadequate notice to meet deadlines for our  weekly newsletter and radio show, as well as for the print weekly newspapers in East County. 

The County Board of Supervisors approved the potential outsourcing of the Department of Animal Services in the unincorporated areas last March. It also decided against renewing the department’s agreements to provide services in six contract cities. The contracts expire next June.

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is qualified to provide animal services in the unincorporated areas but negotiations won’t begin until after the three community meetings. The dates and locations are listed below:

Wednesday, July 19

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Ramona Library

1275 Main Street

Ramona, CA 92065

Thursday, July 27

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Fallbrook Library

124 S. Mission Road

Fallbrook, CA 92028

Thursday, Aug. 17

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Bonita Library

4375 Bonita Road

Bonita, CA 91902