SPOKANE, Wash. – SpokAnimal has been Spokane's animal control agency for decades, but no more.
Monday night, the Spokane City Council decided a 20 year contract would go to Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, or SCRAPS, for animal control services within Spokane County.
The City of Spokane and the county have spent about three and a half years trying to come up with a way to combine city and county animal services. SpokAnimal and SCRAPS both submitted proposals that would cost the city more than half a million dollars each year, for 20 years.
Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke says SCRAPS’ proposal slightly beat out SpokAnimal's.
SpokAnimal says it will work to continue providing animal care and shelter, but will lose a whopping 60 percent of its budget and will have to lay off more than 20 employees.
As for SCRAPS, county commissioner Mielke says it will focus on buying and retrofitting a new facility in Spokane Valley. Mielke says it will cost about $1.7 million and money will come from license fees and service consolidation. He says he doesn't anticipate license fees going up.
As far as jobs at the new facility, SCRAPS says there will be room to hire about 20 new, full time employees.