by Lisa Tome
Just days after Cecil's animal care and control officials opened proposals from prospective vendors, a citizen's group has asked the county to handle it themselves.
A petition asking the county to create a No-Kill Animal Care Department was submitted on Tuesday, October 6.
"We, the citizens and supporters of Cecil County, Maryland, urge the Cecil County government to create a county-led Department of Animal Care.
“This Department will compassionately oversee animal control, no-kill animal rescues and adoptions, and community assistance programs to help support those financially struggling to care for their pets.
“Currently, the animal care and control responsibilities in Cecil County are contracted out to a nonprofit organization and the county is soliciting proposals for new organizations to take over this contract."
The petition provides a list of benefits including economic, benefits to the animals, and "joining the 21st Century Community-Led animal acre movement."
The vision of those who signed the petition includes: a trained response team for animal emergencies, no-kill shelter, adoption center, low-cost spay and neuter center and veterinary services, a program for those financially struggling to keep pets, and community involvement.
This petition came mid-process. In July, the county released the request for proposal for animal control vendors. Proposals were opened at 2 p.m. on October 1. Meetings with vendors were held last week and continue this week. The recommendation to award is set for November 2. The contract will be acted on by county council December 1. The new contract year begins January 1, 2016.