Selma has ended its relationship with the Selma Second Chance Animal Shelter after hours of discussion at the city council meeting on Monday.
The council decided on a 3-2 vote to let the contract with the shelter expire at the end of the year.
The big picture: While the animal shelter had a 10-year relationship with the city, the city council considered two items Monday evening which spelled the end of the contract.
- The council voted to remove the shelter’s name from city code that previously only allowed Second Chance Shelter as the only group for contract animal control in the city.
- Following that vote, the council then voted to let the contract expire, opening the door for other organizations to provide animal control in the city.
Go deeper: Selma City Manager Fernando Santillian told the council that the city has spent nearly $300,000 on the shelter this year and recommended having the Selma Police Department return to being in charge of animal control.
- He suggested that Fresno Humane Animal Services should be asked to work with Second Chance Shelter to help improve its poor conditions and struggling finances.