The Cortland County SPCA has released a statement regarding the recent contract expiration with the City of Cortland for animal control. Recently, the City of Cortland announced that Country Acres Animal Shelter will be contracted for animal services within the city limits.
The Cortland County SPCA, which is a private, no-kill, non-profit organization, stated they receive their funding from three main sources including municipal contracts, shelter programs, and donations.
The SPCA has stated their contracts with municipalities that had not significantly increased in the previous ten years and their new Executive Director, Emily Roberts, worked to negotiate needed increases with the Town of Cortlandville, Cincinnatus, Marathon, and Solon. Roberts was also able to have the county help cover increasing costs of providing dog control and animal cruelty services.
The City of Cortland and the Cortland County SPCA could not reach an acceptable compromise despite multiple attempts to negotiate a multi-year stepwise increase contract.
The SPCA states the organization will continue to serve the City of Cortland residents by means of adoption, owner surrenders, spay/neuter services, wellness clinics, and their pet food pantry.
The organization also states any calls regarding animal cruelty within the City of Cortland should be directed to the Cortland Police Department at 607-756-2811 and not the SPCA.