SPOKANE -- Spokane County has officially joined the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley to create a regional animal protection agency.
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted on the new agreement Monday.
SCRAPS will now be responsible for animal control in the all three jurisdictions. The agency will operate out of the old Harley Davidson building on Trent Avenue, which is undergoing a $1.7 million renovation.
The new unified operation will allow the cities and the county to keep costs at the same level.
When the new center is up and running people whose pet have gone missing will only need to check one place.
The City of Spokane recently ended its animal control contract with SpokAnimal after almost 30 years.
SCRAPS director Nancy Hill encourages displaced workers to apply at SCRAPS, which will have to double its staff to handle the added responsibility.