Davenport and Humane Society of Scott County agree to extension of services

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - UPDATE 6/26 The City of Davenport and the Humane Society of Scott County have agreed to a 30-day extension of their current animal control and shelter services agreement.

The Humane Society will continue to provide animal control services for the city until July 31. The city says, "the 4th of July is a busy time for animal control and sheltering services, and the extension will ensure that an experienced team is in place for the holiday."

The city received a 90-day cancellation notice from the Humane Society back in April over concerns with costs. The city will continue to explore other options.

ORIGINAL: The City of Davenport is about to change how it handles animal control.

The city administrator tells TV6 they're moving animal control away from the Humane Society of Scott County to a hybrid model of city employees and a contract with a different shelter.

Animal control will be done by newly-hired Davenport city workers. Sheltering and care will be done by King's Harvest Animal Shelter.

The Humane Society says the decision was made after about a year of trying to work with the city to reach an agreement that was financially sustainable for their private non-profit organization.

The change will go into effect July 1.