Cheyenne Animal Control and City Council comment on ‘short-term’ contract
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Cheyenne Animal Shelter and the City have come to a temporary compromise on a limited contract. An Animal Control Supervisor says the City has an obligation to uphold animal ordinances, and if Animal Control isn’t enforcing them, the community will have to deal with the outcome.
“There is an obligation they have to their own laws. The community, especially in Cheyenne or the county, is honor-bound to be able to rely upon enforcement of those. So you can’t have laws in the book that we decide we are not going to enforce anymore,” said Animal Control Supervisor, Don Kremer.
Officer Kremer says Animal Control is an extension of the shelter, not only dealing with sheltering homeless animals, but also handling pet emergencies, dangerous animals, injured wildlife and more.
Kremer says if a compromise with the city isn’t made when the contract is up, the duty of animal control will fall on local law enforcement.
“I think the public is going to expect that same performance from them as they are getting from us. That has to do with knowing the job and that is all going to have to be re-tooled and everybody is going to have to be reacquainted with that process and come back into the same level of experience to keep things flowing and keep the public well-served.”
City Councilman, Bryan Cook, said while the relationship between the City and the Animal Shelter is valued, the City is exploring the long-term financial benefits as well as consequences of continuing to let the shelter handle animal services, versus the City taking on the responsibility itself.
“We recognize the importance of the services, but it’s budgetary; what can we realistically afford? Part of what we are doing is assessing whether or not if we need to change things up as a city and maybe take on animal control, take on some of these services. Is what we are being charged the most cost-effective option, because I believe we owe that to the taxpayers,” said Cook.
Cook says while the limited contract is in effect, City Council and the Animal Shelter will continue to discuss what the future of public animal services looks like.
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