Louisiana SPCA resumes providing animal control services for New Orleans
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the Louisiana SPCA will continue providing animal control services for the city in 2011 under a new four-year cooperative endeavor agreement.
The SPCA has furnished the services for more than 60 years, but the two sides recently broke off talks on a new agreement because the organization said it could not provide services for the $1.7 million the city was offering in 2011.
Under the new agreement, the city has agreed to increase that figure to $1.92 million.
"This is a big win for the residents and animals of New Orleans," Landrieu said. "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."
"The LA/SPCA is nationally recognized for the standards we set in animal care and sheltering," said Ana Zorrilla, CEO of the LA/SPCA. "We look forward to continuing these high quality services our citizens have come to expect for the animals of New Orleans."
Under the new agreement, the LA/SPCA will be paid $160,000 per month, or $1.92 million annually, for full animal control services, with annual consumer price index adjustments each January.
The services include:
- Stray animal trapping, collection, and sheltering
- Disaster and hurricane assistance
- Bite case response and quarantine
- Enforcement of the city's intact dog ordinance
- Inspection of stables for mules used to pull carriages
- Owner-requested relinquishment of animals in the field
- Lost and found services
- Adoption services for cats and dogs
- Humane euthanasia and cremation for unadoptable animals