Export renews contract with Delmont dogcatcher
A Delmont-based dogcatcher will continue to provide animal-control services for Export.
Export Council extended its contract with Hoffman Kennels earlier this month for an additional one-year contract.
“It's not a perfect situation, but it has to be done,” council President Barry Delissio said.
Borough council had delayed hiring a dogcatcher for several months after a group of residents of the east suburbs petitioned several communities to not contract with Hoffman anymore. Councilwoman Melanie Litz said a series of recommendation letters provided by Hoffman — most notably one from Latrobe-based no-kill shelter Action for Animals — makes her feel comfortable with renewing the contract.
“I'd still like to see notations about when and where animals are picked up,” Litz said. “At least let us know what vicinity the dog is found it — Main Street, the playground.”
Litz said her requests have been met with resistance. Hoffman Kennels is the only local dogcatcher, and it receives an average of 50 to 80 calls per day from communities in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. The kennel has been contracted locally by Murrysville, Delmont, Penn Township and other communities.
The borough will pay Hoffman $55 per dog picked up in the borough, solicitor Wes Long said. Historically, very few stray animals have been picked up in the borough, Long said.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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