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DeBary leaders are keeping animal-control costs on a short leash, by continuing the city’s contract with Orange City.

DeBary contracts with Orange City for fire and emergency medical services as well as animal control.

DeBary will pay Orange City $74,000 to pick up stray dogs and cats, investigate animal-related complaints, and handle DeBary’s trap-neuter-and-release (TNR) program. 

<img class="wp-image-1585 size-large" src="https://www.beacononlinenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/96dcee7d1d7d3a56822403369c8dc419.jpg" alt="Tank & Bella Teasley — Two Bulldogs enjoy a day out in the sun at a parade in nearby DeLand” width=”696″ height=”522″ />

Tank & Bella Teasley — Two Bulldogs enjoy a day out in the sun at a parade in nearby DeLand

DeBary will also continue to pay Halifax Humane Society to impound animals caught roaming in DeBary, while adding a contract with the Southeast Volusia Humane Society. DeBary paid about $3,700 to Halifax Humane Society for shelter services last year.

This is DeBary’s first year with the Southeast Volusia Humane Society, located in New Smyrna Beach. The plan is to use the New Smyrna Beach shelter if Halifax becomes overcrowded.

DeBary’s contracts with the two private shelters are similar: Each shelter must keep an animal for at least three business days, to allow time for the owner to retrieve it. After that, shelter operators may decide whether to put the animal up for adoption or provide for euthanasia and “humane disposal” of the animal.

During the 2018 calendar year, animal-control officers working in DeBary responded to 495 calls for service, according to official figures. A total of 272 animals were captured and impounded, and 58 of those were returned to their owners. In addition, 191 feral cats were trapped, neutered and released.

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