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By Tracy DeFore
County of San Diego Communications Office 

Animal Services gets go-ahead for managed competition


Last updated 2/9/2018 at 10:20am

County Animal Services got approval Jan. 23 to compete in providing services to the unincorporated area of San Diego County.

Animal Services currently offers animal welfare, public protection, code enforcement, adoptions and sheltering for the unincorporated area and six contract cities. The county notified the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach in May 2017 that those contracts won’t be renewed when they expire June 30, 2018.

The county took initial steps to outsource animal services for the unincorporated area based on Board of Supervisors’ approval in March 2017. But the department and SEIU Local 221 subsequently decided to pursue the managed competition process. The board’s authorization Tuesday will allow both Animal Services and the San Diego Humane Society and S.P.C.A. to compete for the work.

The entity that offers the most economical and efficient proposal while still providing the best animal care will ultimately provide animal services in the unincorporated area. A final decision is expected in August.


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