SPOKANE -- Animal control workers at SCRAPS could move to a new building soon. The move is a result of a vote Monday night. Spokane city council members decided to part ways with Spokanimal and work with SCRAPS instead.
The city signed a 20 year contract with SCRAPS. The Spokane city council voted to join a regional program SCRAPS offered. It joins Spokane Valley and unincorporated Spokane County as well as other smaller cities within the county.
SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill said the Spokane County Commissioners look to house those animals under one roof. The former Harley Davidson building off East Trent has been strongly considered for that new location. Hill said the board wants to make the $1.7 million purchase later this month or in February. The next steps will be meetings with architects to draft a design that will transform the open space into kennels and offices for the regional shelter.
Spokanimal Director Gail Mackie said she will have to lay off more than 20 employees when the city's contract expires at the beginning of 2014. At the same time, Hill said she will need to double her staff.
Spokanimal said it will continue to work to provide animal care and shelter even though it will lose 60% of its budget the city provided.