During Tuesday's Board of Supervisor’s meeting, several animal lovers pleaded to the board to add a spay-neuter clinic in the new facility – including Brandy Duncan of the Coalition to Stop Animal Overpopulation.
"I was really shocked that any forward thinking community would consider spending $22 million on a shelter without the inclusion of a low-cost spay/neuter clinic."
But the county’s Director of Animal Care and Regulation Pat Clarebout told board members there’s not enough money in her department’s budget to operate a clinic.
"The reason for my recommendation not to include it now is the cost of staffing it."
Supervisor Don Nottoli said there may be no money now, but that could change in the future.
"This would be a big mistake not to move forward with the construction of the clinic."
The board voted to include a spay-neuter clinic in the new shelter and directed staff to come up with alternatives for operating it, such as leasing it to the SPCA.