City Stays With Animal Friends of Valleys for Field Services

The City of Menife will continue to use Animal Friends of the Valleys of Wildomar for animal con...

The City of Menife will continue to use Animal Friends of the Valleys of Wildomar for animal control services.
Through a recent vote of the Menifee City Council, animal control field services in the city will continue to be handled by Animal Friends of the Valleys of Wildomar.

By a 4-1 vote at its July 2 meeting, the City Council approved a three-year contract for $695,946 with Animal Friends of the Valleys, which provides animal control services for several area communities. The facility has a spay and neuter program, allows residents to drop off stray animals at a night drop-off area after hours, and provides many other services at its facility on Mission Trail in Wildomar.

The approved contract calls for AFV to provide the following services:

-- Two animal control officers on duty five days a week, eight hours per day.
-- After-hours calls, including nights, weekends and holidays.
-- Administrative costs, including complaint resolution and meetings attendance, at an additional rate of $60 per hour.
-- Two animal control vehicles.
-- Pick-up and transfer of livestock.
-- AFV licensing, of which AFC retains $6 of each dog license sold.

The county's proposal called for a three-year contract of $619,038. It included similar field services, plus 400 hours of overtime included in the total cost.

Before discussion of the animal field services, council members unanimously approved a three-year contract with Riverside County for sheltering of animals at its new facility in San Jacinto (left). Menifee has had a temporary agreement with that facility since the city was notified a few months ago that the Ramona Humane Society shelter would no longer be available. Animal Friends of the Valleys does not provide long-term sheltering.

That contract calls for the city to pay $168,654 per year to Riverside County to have stray animals housed at the San Jacinto facility.

About 20 people spoke during the public comments section of the next agenda item, which involved whether the city would continue to con