Brick officials will seek bids for animal control and veterinary services, following a change in 2015 that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.
A-Academy of South Jersey is the current provider of animal control services in the township. The company was appointed beginning in 2015, replacing the Jersey Shore Animal Center, which had been in the same role for years. Jersey Shore Animal Center had charged Brick slightly more than $260,000 in 2014 to provide animal control and sheltering services – more than some larger cities, officials said at the time – which led Mayor John Ducey to recommend seeking bids.
A-Academy provided its animal control services for a flat fee of $95,000, plus additional fees for weekend and late-night incidents. Brick chose Ocean County, which operates shelters in Stafford and Jackson townships, to provide sheltering services, the price of which varies based on the species and weight of animals brought in.
In 2015, both animal control and sheltering costs combined totaled $133,878.