City of Syracuse reaches temporary agreements with 3 animal shelters while they find new contractor

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The city of Syracuse has found a temporary solution for housing stray, abandoned and abused dogs as they move forward from a 30-year contract that they initially had with the DeWitt Animal Hospital. 

The contract with DeWitt Animal Hospital will expire on March 31, 2019.

As the contract is set to expire, the city of Syracuse has partnered with three shelters in the interim until they can find a more permanent solution. 

The city has issued a new partnership good for seven months with Barks & Rec in Cicero, the Fairmount Animal Shelter and Humane CNY. 

These organizations are helping with the transition process as the city of Syracuse looks to find a permanent solution– this does not mean these organizations are guaranteed a contract or a portion of the contract when the bid goes out. 

Every year, about 600 stray, abandoned and abused dogs are rescued from the streets of Syracuse by Dog Control and Animal Cruelty Investigators.

The new vendor or vendors will assume responsibilities including emergency veterinary care, vaccines, basic daily care and boarding. 

Because some of the dogs picked up in the city turn into animal cruelty cases, Investigator Becky Cosgrave says developing a new and solid partnership with another vendor is important.

“It’s extremely crucial,” Cosgrave said. “You’re talking about emaciated animals that need 24-hour care. Frozen animals that need to be taken care of, overheated dogs in the summertime…neglected with open wounds, sores that need antibiotics and wound care. It’s very crucial.”

LaFave says the contract between the Dog Control Office and DeWitt Animal Hospital has run on a $100,000 annual cap — which means the city would pay for services as needed up to a total of $100,000.

Although the Syracuse Dog Control Office’s needs never exceeded $100,000 — the additional costs would be covered by the DeWitt Animal Hospital for anything above the cap.

In the new interim agreement, the city will pay $25,000 to Barks & Rec, $10,000 to the Fairmount Animal Hospital and $5,000 to Humane CNY. 

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