Humane Society ends contract with Mohave County

May 25, 2019

The Lake Havasu City-based Western Arizona Humane Society will stop providing animal shelter services to Mohave County, returning its facility in Kingman back to the county.

As of now, there is no successor on the horizon, but facility employees say they are not concerned. They told reporters they expect to continue their work and don’t anticipate any major changes.

Mohave County Supervisors will address the future of the animal shelter during their regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 3, in the Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

County Manager Mike Hendrix said his staff is working on a proposal to prepare a county takeover the shelter.

“Right now we have no bids, so there is little option,” said Hendrix, who also expects the shelter to continue to function in a similar way as before. “The fees will be the same. In fact, the supervisors have already approved the fees. And, of course, we are open for bids in the future.”

The contract with WAHS expires at the end of June. Humane Society Executive Director Patty Gillmore said in an April 22 letter to the Mohave County Procurement Department. She also said the organization could not keep up with medical expenses.

Western Arizona Humane Society recently opened its new shelter to serve animals in Lake Havasu City, but the county facility was operated handled under contract with Mohave County.

The condition of the county’s shelter has been an issue for a long time, and Hendrix admits it is, in fact, in a bad shape. There are at least two supervisors, Chairman Hildy Angius of District 2 and Jean Bishop of District 4, who would like the see a new facility built.

The shelter’s Operations Manager Nicole Mangiameli is hopeful when it comes to the future cooperation with the county. But she wishes more people would come and visit the shelter instead of just talking about it, typically on Facebook and usually spreading nonsense.

“Contrary to what people say online, we didn’t euthanize any dogs within the last eight months due to the lack of space,” Mangiameli said. “You can quote me on that.”

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