FARMINGTON — Farmington City Council unanimously approved during its Tuesday evening meeting a revised agreement with San Juan County to house and care for animals at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter.

"The county doesn't have an animal shelter, so they contract with the city of Farmington," City Manager Rob Mayes said before the meeting.

The measure was part of the consent portion of the council's agenda.

Under the agreement, the county payment to Farmington is based on the number of animals the city takes in from unincorporated areas in the county.

The $4.6 million shelter animal shelter opened earlier this year.

For fiscal year 2014, the county will pay the city $350,395 — or a little more than half — of the city shelter's operational costs, according to city documents.

The city's shelter in fiscal year 2013 impounded 2,277 dogs and 1,571 cats from the county, in total just more than half of that years' dogs and cats, according to city documents.

The city contributed 1,972 dogs and 1,458 cats to its shelter that year, according to city documents.

The agreement prohibits county animal control from delivering animals to Farmington's shelter caught in Aztec or Bloomfield.

The city will pay to staff the shelter, but county animal control will help euthanize animals when the shelter's staff asks, according to the agreement.


The agreement states the county will pay the city in equal quarterly payments.

Dan Schwartz covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and Follow him @DTDSchwartz on Twitter.