City council, county commissioners approve Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region taking back control in Pueblo

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) is once again in charge of animal services for the city and county of Pueblo.

City council threw its support back behind the humane society Monday night, and county commissioners followed suit Tuesday.

Also Monday, a previously passed ordinance by the city of Pueblo, which didn't allow animal services to have its save rate fall below 90 percent, was repealed. The ordinance went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year as PAWS For Life, or Community Animal Shelter of Pueblo, took over the shelter in the city. It set new rules in place for euthanizing animals. Just weeks after taking over, PAWS For Life was under investigation by the state and shut down. The ordinance went by "PAPA," the Pueblo Animal Protection Act.

The emergency ordinance to repeal PAPA on Monday came about from the city and county as they work to assist HSPPR and other shelters that helped take over care of the animals after Community Animal Shelter of Pueblo was shut down. Prior to PAWS For Life taking over, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region handled Pueblo's animal shelter for 16 years. PAPA was repealed by a unanimous vote.

Soon after repealing the PAPA ordinance, Pueblo City Council also approved a new contract with HSPPR.

On March 27, PAWS surrendered its license to operate the animal shelter to state authorities, and the shelter has been closed since then.

Under the contract passed by city council on Monday, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region agreed to operate the animal shelter and to provide enforcement of animal control ordinances at the rate of $5,500 per day with 55 percent to be paid by the city and 45 percent to be paid by Pueblo County. The contract also provides that HSPPR will be paid $25,000 in “start-up” costs due upon execution of the contract.

The contract with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is good for 90 days.