City to pay $471,432 for animal control services in 2005

The City Council agreed to pay the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County $471,432 for domestic animal control services for 2005 during the March 22 meeting. Prior to 2004, the City had contracts with the Humane Society for 25 years. The one-year contract for 2005 represents a 2.5 percent increase over the 2004 contract. The Humane Society has notified the City that beginning in 2006 they will no longer provide animal control services. The City has a team studying how it will provide animal control services in 2006.