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Yolo County Animal Shelter May Privatize In Hopes Of Saving Money

YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) — The Yolo County Animal Shelter may turn private after being run by the government for decades.

A new plan would shift the responsibilities of the shelter from the Yolo County Sheriff's Department to the hands of nonprofit groups.

"It has the potential to provide better animal services in the county," said Christine Crawford with the Yolo County Local Agency Formation Commission. "The sheriff's primary focus is law enforcement, and so we want their office to focus on that."

While it's being touted as a way to save money in the long run, Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad believes the savings won't be as high as the administration hopes.

"I'm a little skeptical of those numbers, because in the end, most of the cost associated with the animal shelter are fixed costs," said Rexroad.

With money saved, what will happen to the 15 people who work at the shelter. Even Chief Animal Services Officer Vicky Fletcher doesn't have an answer.

"Until something happens that changes that, because it's still very much in the planning stages, we will continue to do the professional job we've always done," Fletcher said.

Money may not be the only hang up—Davis, Woodland, Winters, West Sacramento and the county all need to buy into the plan before it moves forward.

"We have to get all five entities to agree, and I'm worried that we might have one that wants a higher standard of care that the others are going to go along with," Rexroad said.

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