Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today an agreement for citywide animal control services provided by the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) — an agreement beyond just 2011.
The contract provides for animal control services at a monthly cost of $160,000 — or $1.92 million annually — beginning Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014 (with annual consumer price index adjustments each January).
Services include stray animal trapping, collection and sheltering; disaster and hurricane assistance; bite case response and quarantine; enforcing the intact dog ordinance; inspecting mule stables; relinquishment of animals; adoption and re-homing for cats and dogs; and euthanasia and cremation for unadoptable animals.
“This is a big win for the residents and animals of New Orleans,” said Landrieu in today's statement. “As was done with so many other contracts, our negotiations have been guided by my fiduciary responsibility to secure quality services for a price the city can afford. The LA/SPCA has been providing quality animal control and enforcement services for decades. As great community partners, their board, volunteers and donors have stepped up. We are pleased to have a fiscally responsible agreement in place for the next four years.”
SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla added, "We look forward to continuing these high quality services our citizens have come to expect for the animals of New Orleans."