As San Diego Animal Services Downsizes, 38 People Are About to Lose Their Jobs
San Diego County supervisors issued a painful vote on Tuesday. The county will move forward with a plan to lay off 38 full-time employees of the county’s Animal Services Department as part of a major downsizing. Many more part-time employee jobs are also on the chopping block.
The layoffs are expected July 2. The Board’s vote came one year after it voted to end the department’s contracts with six San Diego area cities. Come July, the Department will only be responsible for services in unincorporated areas of the county -- a huge change.
The six cities that rely on county Animal Services, including San Diego, have been experiencing anxiety over the move.
“The county is really disappointing us all — after 45 years just getting out of the business. We’re doing our best to pick up really big pieces here,” said San Diego Councilman Chris Ward. His city plans to contract with the San Diego Humane Society for animal services.