For the second year in a row, Brick Township will put its animal control contract out to bid.
Last year, township officials decided to separate two contracts – one for animal control services and one for shelter services – out to bid after they had been combined in previous years and awarded to the Jersey Shore Animal Center.
“We thought the animal control contract was out of proportion,” said Mayor John Ducey. “We were paying more than big cities, like Jersey City.”
By awarding a contract to A-Academy Animal Control, the township was able to save about $125,000 on animal control services, Ducey said. Altogether, animal control services cost $133,878 over the past year.
“They’re really great when they find a dog or a cat out on the street,” said Ducey, of A-Academy. “Before they bring it to the shelter, they post a picture online, and people are able to claim the animal.”
Township officials said they are satisfied with A-Academy’s services, but want to solicit bids in order to secure the best deal for township residents.