YV & 29 Palms Offer Animal Control To 5,313 Square Miles

The town of Yucca Valley and the city of Twentynine Palms together provide animal control services to 5,313 square miles of San Bernardino County’s Low Desert.
According to Brian Cronin, San Bernardino County’s head of animal care and control, the two municipalities which lie off of State Highway 62 in the county’s remote desert outback act as service providers to the unincorporated areas that surround them in terms of animal control and animal sheltering.
“The town of Yucca Valley provides services for the county in the vast portion of that part of the desert,” Cronin told the Sentinel. “We also have a contract with the city of 29 Palms in that region, so there are two shelter facilities called upon to serve this square mileage area. Yucca Valley serves the primary area. As for the immediate area around the city of 29 Palms, we have a contract with them on a simple purchase order. Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms together serve approximately 5,214 square miles of the unincorporated low desert area of the county.”
The town of Yucca Valley has 40.015 square miles within its boundaries and Twentynine Palms counts 59.143 square miles within its city limits.
This week, the county, thorough an act of the board of supervisors, renewed its existing contract with the town of Yucca Valley to continue to provide animal shelter services in the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin region, extending the contract an additional three years, and increasing the total contract amount by $837,321, from $257,686 to $1,095,007, for the period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2018.
Cronin said “The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Animal Care and Control Division provides animal shelter services to the unincorporated areas throughout the county of San Bernardino. Animal care and control utilizes contract shelters in outlying unincorporated areas of the county where the county does not own or operate a shelter. These contract facilities reduce travel time for field animal control officers and make it easier for residents to retrieve and adopt impounded animals. Services provided by these shelters include housing, rabies quarantine, stray animal impound, and stray animal euthanasia in accordance with the county ordinance and California law. In addition, these shelters collect licensing revenue and other fees on behalf of the county, and may also contract with local veterinarians for spay and neuter services of adopted animals. The town of Yucca Valley operates the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter, which is jointly owned by the town and county.”

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