Pueblo agrees to long-term deal with Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is once again fully in control of animal services in Pueblo City and County.

The outcome was never in doubt -- city council and county commissioners already threw their support behind HSPPR back in April -- but Tuesday cemented a long-term deal.

HSPPR previously had a contract with Pueblo, but last December city leaders declined to renew it, opting instead to partner with PAWS For Life. PAWS then took over animals services and shelter operations from HSPPR.

Less than three months into a three-year contract with PAWS, the
shelter relinquished its license following an alarming number of animal deaths and squalid conditions and untimely treatment of injuries, among other allegations.

HSPPR stepped in to assist with animal services, signing a 90-day contract with Pueblo City and County in April.

Pueblo City Council voted 5-1 Monday in favor of a long-term deal with HSPPR. County commissioners voted in kind Tuesday.