Baldwin ouncil discusses animal control options
By Stephanie Hacke
Published: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 2:08 p.m.
Baldwin officials are seeking a new animal control agency after the company that services the borough and many others in the county had its operating license suspended.
Council members at their voting meeting Tuesday plan to vote to terminate the borough's contract with Triangle Pet, which has serviced the borough for several years.
“I don't want to be associated with a company that currently has been charged with mistreating animals,” council Vice President Michael Stelmasczyk said.
A state dog warden inspected Triangle Pet Services Inc., which services 58 municipalities in the county to pick up stray and dangerous dogs, deer and other wildlife, on Aug. 7 and 17 and found numerous violations, according to state officials. On Sept. 4, Triangle applied to renew its license but was denied by the state. On Sept. 13, the company filed an appeal and a hearing is set for Dec. 4.
One option to find a new service would be for Baldwin to issue a request for proposal, said borough Manager John Barrett. In 2010, the borough issued a request for proposals for animal control services and Triangle Pet was the only company to respond, Barrett said.
Stelmasczyk suggested contacting Pittsburgh officials to see if Baldwin can contract with the city on a “fee for service” basis.
A county dog warden has offered to work with the borough for dog services as officials search for a more permanent company, Barrett said.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review contributed to this report. Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
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