Frisco City Council to Vote on Frisco Animal Shelter

The city of Frisco does not currently have an animal shelter, although several proposals have been made to the city. Not everyone agrees that an animal shelter is necessary.

On January 17, the civil bond committee presented its recommendations to the city council on Tuesday. The joint working meeting delayed the regular board meeting by two hours while board members and the committee discussed the matter.

According to Dallas Morning NewsFrisco Police Chief David Shilson explained that the city’s animal services department has three goals – reuniting pets with their owners, training, and adoption/neuter clinics.

“We don’t need shelter for all of this,” Shilson said during the meeting.

Shilson also told the council that additional issues such as personnel issues, euthanasia and legal issues would create unnecessary problems for the city. According to the police chief, 520 animals have been taken to the Collin County Animal Shelter and 124 have been field ransomed, not many for a city of 225,000 people.

Animal welfare group Frisco’s Pet Project continues to push for the city to build a shelter. Several members of the advocacy group attended Tuesday’s meeting and explained that adding another shelter to Collin County would help Collin County Animal Services, which is severely overcrowded and overwhelmed.

In addition to the $5 million that was being considered for the Frisco animal shelter, the committee recommended $131 million for public safety, including a new fire station and police/fire training center. In addition, $31 million was recommended for city services, including a shared facility for environmental services and public works; $240 million for street and road construction; and $43 million for parks, which will focus on walkways and bike paths.

The Frisco City Council will vote to allow the bond issue on February 7th.

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