RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – A controversial proposal is expected to be discussed by Rio Rancho city councilors this week.
If it passes, strays could be euthanized sooner at the animal shelter.
Councilor Chuck Wilkins says it will help the city save tens of thousands a dollars a year and help free up space for animals that need to be quarantined.
The proposal includes reducing time strays would be allowed to stay in the shelter from seven days to three before euthanized. The amendment also includes raising the fees to a flat rate of $100.
Right now it costs $89 if the animal is not sterilized or $44 if the animal is already sterilized.