12/24/2013 02:59 EST | Updated 02/23/2014 05:59 EST

Moose Jaw Humane Society, City, Agree To Extend Contract

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MOOSE JAW, Sask. - The Moose Jaw Humane Society and the city have agreed to a 90-day contract extension after a deal to reach a contract for animal control failed earlier this month.

The humane society had been asking for two years to renew a contract that expired in December of last year, but it also wanted to triple the service fee.

The city announced last week that it would take over animal control operations and hire staff to deal with stray animals, but added animals would only be kept for five days before being euthanized.

That sparked a public petition against the change.

A new deal will have to be reached before the extension expires in three months.

The humane society's Kristyn McEwan is pleased with the agreement and hopeful for the future.

“In the end we both need each other, the city needs us, we need them and the animals need both of us so I think it’s for the best,” she said.

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