City Renews Animal Services Agreement with Same Provider

City Council backs San Gabriel Valley Humane Society over staff recommendation

Written by TIFFANY KHA / Published November 16, 2012  

The city council recently voted to extend an animal control services agreement with the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society (SGVHS).

The city council unanimously backed the city’s current provider over the Pasadena Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PHS & SPCA) during a special meeting on September 25, 2012.

City Hall staff had recommended PHS & SPCA.

“After reviewing these two proposals, the Selection Committee concluded that PHS & SPCA exceeded the requirements in each of the areas when compared to SGVHS,” a staff report stated.

The proposals were considered based on five factors, including completeness of proposal, comprehensive full-time services, detailed reporting and transparency, cost effectiveness, and referrals and recommendations.

Although the official vote was undivided, not all city councilmembers wanted to award a contract to SGVHS.

During council discussion, Councilmembers Carl Blum and Tom Chavez raised questions with SGVHS’s proposal. Siding with city staff, Mr. Blum and Mr. Chavez expressed concerns that the animal services provider did not fully answer questions as requested by the city. Councilmember Chavez pointed to SGVHS’s lack of transparency in regards to record keeping and reporting.

In contrast, Mayor Pro Tempore Cynthia Sternquist stated that the city could work with SGVHS to address any concerns. Ms. Sternquist also referenced 67 emails she received from Temple City residents who support SGVHS.

Mayor Vincent Yu also spoke in favor of maintaining SGVHS as the city’s animal control services provider. Mr. Yu said that residents should not be inconvenienced with traveling a further distance to Pasadena, as opposed to San Gabriel, where SGVHS is headquartered.

Prior to the vote, approximately a dozen and a half speakers rose to testify in favor of SGVHS, including Pat Brayer, the organization’s president. However, only about half of the speakers were Temple City residents.

No representative from the PHS & SPCA was in attendance.

The agreement with SGVHS will last through the fiscal year.

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