Dog deal done: Abbotsford houses animals in Chilliwack facility

It will cost approximately $17,000 a month to run Abbotsford’s animal control services, which represents a monthly saving of $11,000.
Council voted in favour of a proposal to house rescued dogs at Chilliwack’s Wolfe Road facility.

It will cost approximately $17,000 a month to run Abbotsford’s animal control services, which represents a monthly saving of $11,000.

Council voted in favour of a proposal to house rescued dogs at Chilliwack’s Wolfe Road facility. The need for a new shelter came up after Mainland Municipal Animal Control Services in Aldergrove ended its relationship with the city. It had been handling Abbotsford’s animal control services since 2003.

Chilliwack agreed to take the dogs, on a temporary basis, for a cost of $4,000 a month.

Abbotsford will also employ members of Commissionaires BC to work as animal control officers at a cost of about $13,000 per month.

“It’s a good deal for us,” said city manager Frank Pizzuto.

Mainland received a monthly rate of $28,000.

Pizzuto said the savings will vary as expenses for staff could fluctuate.

Coun. Lynne Harris said she would prefer to see a permanent facility run by the city.

“In the meantime, I feel that this is a good alternative.”