UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
BRYAN -- Everyone thought the Brazos Animal Shelter and the city of Bryan would come to some sort of agreement but after months of trying to negotiate a contract, the city of Bryan has decided to part ways with the animal shelter, one final time.
The 30 year relationship with the Brazos Animal Shelter has officially ended and as of today, the city of Bryan is in the business of animal welfare.
"I think when you can bring closure to anything that is a good thing and so for both parties they are able to focus on their mission out at Leonard Road and now we know what our mission is," said Bryan's deputy city manager, Hugh Walker.
The new mission is to run and operate the new Bryan Animal Center off Finfeather Road but Judy LeUnes, president of the Brazos Animal Shelter, doesn't think this is a smart move.
"We still don't know if they are going to take in strays, owner-surrenders from Bryan or if it's only animal control and that's a big concern for us because we don't have the room," LeUnes said.
For now, the city plans to only act as an impoundment facility for animal control but hopes to be able to expand it's services in the future.
"We know that the community expects more so we need to work on our spay/neuter programs, educational programs, adoption programs, foster programs," said Walker.
While LeUnes said she's sad to see the 30 year relationship come to an end, both parties are ready to move forward on their own.
"You know, we're ready to move forward. We will help them as we can and we really hope that the city, I know that the city leaders as well as the community are going to try to work hard to have a good facility," said LeUnes.
A new facility that is still a work in progress.