The Regional District of Nanaimo is in search of organizations that can provide animal control services.
A request for quotes closes Wednesday, Nov. 15 with the regional district seeking experienced organizations that will be responsible for dog control.
Tom Armet, regional district building and bylaw services manager, said the RDN purchasing policy requires it tender such contracts from time to time to ensure taxpayers are getting good value for their dollars.
“It’s enforcement of our three animal control bylaws [for] Electoral Areas A, B, C, E, G, F and H,” said Armet. “Our animal control is just dog control and that’s the investigation of dangerous dog complaints, licensing of dogs in some of our electoral areas and the follow up to citizens’ complaints in relation to dogs.”
Armet said there are no bylaws pertaining to cats or other animals.
The successful proponent will service regional district electoral areas as well as the District of Lantzville, which will use the same provider under the same contract.
The City of Nanaimo has its own separate contract for animal control services.
In its 2017 financial plan, the regional district budgeted approximately $130,000 for animal control.
Coastal Animal Control Services held the previous contract, and Armet said he is not aware if it will submit a quote.