There will soon no longer be any wagging tails or barking pups at the Corning Dog Shelter located on Rawson Road as the City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to close it doors and adoption services by October. The council also approved an agreement between the Corning and Tehama County for the city’s animal shelter services.
For years the city has been in an agreement with the nonprofit Second Chance Pet Rescue group for the care and adoption of dogs at the Corning shelter. That agreement ends in October and the group does not desire to renew the agreement, said City Manager Kristina Miller.
That left the city with few options.
Miller said the current shelter is antiquated and floods annually.
“It would cost the city two to three million dollars to relocate and build a new shelter and that is funds we just don’t have,” she said.
Councilman Robert Snow said until there is a better solution, he didn’t see another option than to turn the city’s animal services over to the county.
Miller said the county operates a no-kill shelter with a 5 percent kill rate for animals deemed “un-adoptable.”
As part of the agreement, city staff will transport dogs to the county shelter on Walnut Street in Red Bluff. If the shelter is at capacity when a Corning animal is brought in, the city will be responsible for making alternate arrangements.
The agreement stipulates the county shelter will not accept cats from Corning until further notice.
In addition, Miller said the county will charge city residents impound, daily care, pick-up, adoption and similar fees for its services, just as the city has done, but with county rates.
Dog license fees for city dog owners will be at county rates under the agreement, with the city to receive such fees collected by the county on a quarterly basis.
Police Chief Jeremiah Fears, whose department is responsible for animal services in the city, said he is considering the construction of a large holding pen for dogs picked-up by his staff to be held on a daily basis so the Animal Regulations Officer doesn’t have to make numerous trips to the county shelter each day.
Miller said the city will see a cost increase in the amount of approximately $15,000 annually as a result of the new agreement. That cost, she said, has already been included in the city’s proposed 2019-20 budget.