Angelina County to pay increased cost for City of Lufkin’s animal control services

Angelina County to pay increased cost for City of Lufkin’s animal control services
Published: Nov. 14, 2023 at 2:35 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2023 at 6:19 PM CST
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ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Since 2003, Angelina County has paid the City of Lufkin to take in animals from outside the city limits for $15 per animal. Now, after 20 years, the price for that service is going up to $80 per animal.

Angelina County Judge Keith Wright said the $65 increase is still a fair price for the costs the city incurs.

“The city did a calculation of their actual costs per animal based on their budget based on the number of animals that they receive, which is considerably more than they’re asking us to pay actually,” said Wright.

Wright said that financial responsibility doesn’t just fall on the county, it falls on the residents looking to surrender animals as well.

“Actually, it’s the requirement of the person that’s bringing the animal to the animal control services facility and if for some reason they can’t collect then the county would be required to pay,” said Wright.

The shelter will not refuse intakes.

Angelina County animals made up 40 percent of the City of Lufkin’s animal shelter in 2022.

At an approximate cost of $170 per animal, Angelina County is being charged $90 less than what it takes the city to care for them.

“We get complaints particularly with different animals going after livestock and things like that. The only option is for us to do a contract with the City of Lufkin, who has an animal control facility in order to address that need,” said Wright.

Wright said while the increase will cost the county more money, it won’t put them in a bad spot.

“It’s going to be about a $35,000 increase in our costs which are included in our budget. We knew this was coming but it’s understood because it’s been 20 years since it was addressed,” said Wright.

The interlocal agreement states that the City of Lufkin is willing to adjust the cost yearly for the county, in order to reflect the current cost of animal care for the city.

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