SAN BERNARDINO • The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an Animal Services Commission that will cost the county about $12,000 per year.
The commission will serve as an oversight body for the county's animal care facilities. It will include citizen representatives from each of the five supervisorial districts as well as an independent veterinarian and a representative from the Department of Public Health's Animal Care and Control Division.
The supervisors had directed staff to study the idea in March, when 3rd District Supervisor Neil Derry introduced the proposal to address some complaints from the public regarding the management of the county's animal care facilities.
Derry has said that the commission is modeled after a similar one in Los Angeles. Commissioners will not be paid but the county projects it will result in additional costs for existing county employees.
The vote on the proposal was 4-1, with 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales voting against the plan.
Derry said in a statement that the commission would "work to implement life affirming alternatives to the euthanization of healthy pets."
The ordinance states the agency will have to be reauthorized by the supervisors in two years. The sunset clause will be used to gauge how effective the Animal Services Commission has been, according to a statement from the county.