Issaquah, 24 other cities continue King County animal control contract

August 7, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 7, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine continued the animal control partnership among the county, Issaquah and 24 other cities July 25, and signed the agreements to keep the pact in place through 2015.

Under the agreements between the cities and Regional Animal Services of King County, cities pay for animal control services based 80 percent on use of services and 20 percent on population, instead of the previous 50-50 formula. The county also started staffing each animal control district with at least one officer seven days a week.

The contracts go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

“With renewal of these agreements, we are showing that regional cooperation works,” Constantine said in a statement. “In partnership with cities and animal advocates throughout the region, we will keep working to continuously improve our delivery of affordable, sustainable, and humane animal care and control.”

In a unanimous decision last month, King County Council members adopted the agreement to provide field officers, shelter services and licensing services. The pact amounts to about $60,000 per year for Issaquah.

The agreement also required approval from leaders in 25 suburban cities. Issaquah City Council members OK’d the pact June 18.

“We all look forward to continuing to provide the quality service that the people and animals of King County deserve,” Regional Animal Services Manager Gene Mueller said in a statement. “By working together with our partner cities, we have built a solid base for continued success in the future.”

Since the regional model for animal services came online in 2010, Regional Animal Services of King County has lowered euthanasia rate to about 14 percent, and continues to work to reduce the number.

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