The Karnes City Animal Control used to be part of a Karnes County consortium, along with the Falls City and Runge animal control programs. Eventually the county pulled its funding and the animal control program for the city was disbanded.
“We had one years ago,” said City Manager Don Tymrak of the animal control program. “We consolidated our program with the City of Falls City and City of Runge and the county, and that went on for a few years. When the county pulled out, it disbanded and we didn’t restore it. Now we’re looking to put the program back in place, but need to determine what the cost of that will be.”
Efforts by the city leadership are now being made to bring back animal control as specifically an independent city program and not a county program.
“The council has asked me to come back and find out the cost to build a new facility and hire an individual animal control officer, basically to count the cost of putting the program back in operation,” continued Tymrak.
The council approved for Tymrak to go forward with analyzing and determining the various costs of implementing the program, which include expenditures for a facility, animal control officer, vehicle, traps, cages, food, and other various costs of implementation and maintenance. A preliminary estimate to restart the program is between $175,000 and $200,000, according to city officials.
City officials said that the animal control program is necessary to promote and maintain public health and safety, citing an increase of stray animals in the city.