Mayor happy with proposed pound-keeping contract

Justin Crann
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Mayor Deb Higgins is happy to see the city and the Moose Jaw Humane Society are close to a deal.

Mayor Deb Higgins works in her office at city hall.

“It provides coverage for animals, first and foremost, in the city,” she said. “I think that the care of the animals has to be first and foremost for all of us.”

The contract was discussed at executive committee during its regular meeting Monday night.

If the contract is passed by council next Monday, the humane society will receive $194,500 per year, as well as all revenue collected from dog licensing and notices of violation exceeding $43,000 for the year, all revenue collected from pound and seizure fees, and a one-time payment of $30,000 “in recognition of retroactive payment for the previous Fee for Service agreement.”

The annual sum will also be adjusted each year in step with the Consumer Price Index for Saskatchewan.

The deal is the result of negotiations that followed a particularly bitter dispute over the contract in December.

“Obviously the humane society had their views and the city had ours, but I think we’ve really been able to come to an agreement that I think is a good one,” said Higgins. “I think in the long run, this has been a good process to go through and it has been successful.”

In the long run, making sure the animals are taken care of is “what this is about,” said Higgins.

“We are a population of pet lovers, I think,” she added.

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Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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