×

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Saturday, October 25th 10:00am-3:00pm. Details here...

City and Humane Society to Part Ways

MJHS

It's all done but the paperwork.  The City of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Humane Society are calling it quits after failing to re-negotiate their service contract.

This fall we told you that the shelter issued an ultimatum, saying that if they didn't get a contract by the end of December, they would stop taking phone calls to deal with problem animals on behalf of the city. That time has apparently come early due to the holidays as City Manager Matt Noble explains they're making arrangements this week to start providing that service themselves.
City Manager Matt Noble discusses the contract with Chris Rasmussen

"City Hall has been working on a plan because we did received notice from the Humane Society that they no longer wished to venture with the city on delivery of those services." said Noble. "So, we're going to be re-visiting our prior model where the City of Moose Jaw will provide impound service and the collection of problem animals."

Noble was disappointed a new contract could not be reached but says the shelter was asking for upwards of three times more than what they receive right now to collect, shelter and then deal with problem dogs, as per the contract. That contract was worth $118,000 a year according to figures provided by the Humane Society this fall.

So, as of January 1st, if we have problems with stray dogs, we're asked to call City Hall and they will send out a staff member who will be trained to handle the animal, that will then be housed at one of several local, privately owned kennels for five days before being put down in accordance with the bylaw.

However, since we first brought you this story, Noble has now clarified the city's position by saying they will explore the options available when it comes to finding the animals a home before euthanize them, such as the Humane Society, if they are still operating.

When asked what happens to animals that owners no longer want or take care of, Noble said the city is not going to provide care for surrendered animals and he was unsure if the Humane Society was going to continue to provide that service or not.  Sheltering animals wasn't part of their contract with the city as it was a service they offered to residents and paid for through revenue and donations.

We're expecting to hear from the shelter's board later today but in an interview with Board President John LaBuick earlier this fall, he explains their contract has only increased by about $18,000 over the last six years.

"Go back to 2007 and look at your bills. Look at what it cost you for gas in 2007, just for your vehicle, look at your water bill, look at your sewer bill. By city council's own admission, some of those have gone up by 90%. We're paying that increase!"

The Humane Society has been without a contract for over a year.

Share This:

  • sannys 3

    High Tea Helps Homeless Cats

    Saturday October 18, 2014

      The Band City Stray Cat Rescue and Protection Society (S.C.R.A.P.S) held another in their fall series of High Teas at the Grant Hall Sat

  • jocelyn

    What Does Poverty Cost?

    Saturday October 18, 2014

      What is it like to live in poverty?  It's a question a few Moose Javians are getting a sobering answer to this week, by taking the

  • police

    Sunningdale Suspect In Custody

    Saturday October 18, 2014

    A suspect in some Sunningdale thefts is in custody.  Moose Jaw police arrested a man Friday who was in possession of stolen items, allege

  • Busshelter.jpg

    City of Moose Jaw Preparing For Winter Bus Service

    Friday October 17, 2014

    Work is already underway on replacing bus shelters throughout Moose Jaw. Moose Jaw Transit customers should be a little more comfortable wh

  • Robert Bachmann

    Bachmann Wins Byelection

    Saturday October 18, 2014

      The unofficial became official yesterday, and there wasn't much change.  Robert Bachmann defeated Barb Owens in a Prairie South Scho

  • Chairity.jpg

    "Chair-ity" Auction A Success For Moose Jaw Art Museum & Gallery

    Friday October 17, 2014

    Chair-ity Auction volunteer Mark Wartman holds up the Gabrielle De Glatigny creation "The Views Abound" The Moose Jaw Art Museum & Gallery

  • Conexus.jpg

    Voltage Gets $10,000 Donation

    Friday October 17, 2014

    From left: Glen Stephenson -- Service Centre Manager for Conexus High Street Branch, Joe Dueck -- Founder/Director Joe's Place Youth Centre,

  • RCMP Cruiser

    Farmer Killed in Accident Thursday

    Friday October 17, 2014

    It's a tragic reminder to be careful during the harvest after a man died Thursday morning near Fort Qu'Appelle. RCMP say two men were wor

  • sask flag

    Foreign Students Flocking to Saskatchewan

    Friday October 17, 2014

    Coming to a different country for school can be a scary idea, but for the U of R drawing people in from other countries hasn't been an iss

  • Dominion Road

    Curbside Recycling Program In Assiniboia "A Fantastic Addition" According To Mayor

    Thursday October 16, 2014

    A view of Dominion Road in Assiniboia lined with Loraas recycling bins -- photo courtesy of The Town of Assiniboia It's a debate that goes

  • combine

    Farmers Making Headway After Warmer Weather

    Thursday October 16, 2014

    The new crop report is out and things are looking a lot better than they were at the start of the month. Some farmers were getting a litt

  • krewenchuck

    Krewenchuk Back In Custody

    Thursday October 16, 2014

    Brandon Richard Krewenchuck -- accidentally released from custody last month. Photo courtesy of Saskatchewan Corrections. The ministry

  • Recycling Bin 2

    Councillor Expects Financial and Environmental Benefits

    Thursday October 16, 2014

    Like the automated garbage collection system a few years ago, Councillor Dawn Luhning is expecting pushback from the community following a

  • VITERRASTAFF

    Viterra Terminal Centennial

    Thursday October 16, 2014

      For 100 years, southern Saskatchewan farmers have delivered their grain there.  Wednesday afternoon, a centennial celebration was hel

  • rain on car

    Cool, Wet Weather Arrives

    Thursday October 16, 2014

    After a good run of warm weather the rain moved in Wednesday night and temperatures have dropped across Saskatchewan. Up to 10mm of rain

  • grant mclean

    Grant McLean Passes Away

    Thursday October 16, 2014

    A man that brought us the weekly crop report for years has passed away.  Grant McLean passed on Thursday at the age of 67. Grant was alw

  • Photo Radar Location

    NDP Not Happy With Photo Radar Program

    Wednesday October 15, 2014

    They're spending too much and it doesn't make sense. That's what the opposition NDP believes in the province's plan to pay Xerox 4.5 milli

  • recycing bin

    City Looks at Curbside Recycling Again

    Wednesday October 15, 2014

    Taking another crack at residential curbside recycling, Moose Jaw City Council has given the go ahead for City Administration to start loo

  • Sunningdale Sewer Damage 2

    Disaster Funding Could Flow

    Wednesday October 15, 2014

    Council has discussed it and have agreed to make a declaration under the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program. You might remember that

  • trailer fire

    Semi on Fire

    Wednesday October 15, 2014

    A cloud of smoke is rising over Moose Jaw's east side along with the sun this morning as a semi trailer continues to burn. Details are s

Search Local News Archives