The city of Cleveland has amended its contract between Cleveland Animal Control and local rescue groups.
Changes to the agreement were presented to the Cleveland City Council before members voted to authorize the mayor to sign new agreements with the groups.
“Any reference to Bradley County’s involvement in animal control has been removed,” City Manager Janice Casteel explained to the Council at a meeting this week.
The amended agreement requires a $10 fee for new rescue volunteers. Casteel said the fee is to cover a background check, and would only be charged to new volunteers.
The agreement also requires additional documentation on the animals rescued.
“Upon completion of the permanent placement of an animal for adoption, Rescue Group shall provide the Shelter with the name, address and contact information of the adopter. Rescue group shall provide this information to the Shelter in writing, and within one week of completion of the permanent placement for adoption,” according to the new agreement.
In February, the Cleveland City Council requested such documentation from Dixie Day Spay, a local nonprofit that removed the largest number of dogs from the shelter last year.
Dixie Day Spay asked for $31,099 and stated it would take 16 weeks to compile the information in response to the city’s request for information on where rescued animals were taken, according to Casteel.
The Council never approved the funds.
Proof “that the animal has been spayed or neutered” will also be required.
Current contracts with local rescue groups “have been terminated,” Casteel said. Each group will be given the opportunity to sign a new contract.
The changes stem from the need to update the contract, since Cleveland Animal Control no longer provides the service outside the city and the desire of city officials to have documentation on where animals go once they have left the shelter.
Councilman At-Large Richard Banks stated city taxpayers’ taxes are funding two animal shelters — one through their city taxes and the other through their county taxes. The County makes an annual donation to the SPCA of Bradley County to run a shelter for animal outside the city limits.
“Over half of the tax that goes to the county revenue is from inside the city,” Banks said. “We are paying for two animals shelters.”