As he predicted yesterday, City Councilman Jack Kelly used some time at the end of today's weekly Council session to weigh in on the Pennsylvania SPCA's contract for animal care and control in Philadelphia. Kelly rapped the organization for what he called "incompetence" since it resumed those duties in January. Kelly has made animal care a pet issue, using it heavily in his last run for public office.
Kelly noted the SPCA's CEO "deserted his post" shortly after the organization took over the contract and complained that it is now being run part-time by a volunteer board member.
"I have long warned the administration about problems in the animal system that have fallen on deaf ears," Kelly said, citing stories in the Daily News and Philadelphia Weekly that looked into problems with animal care and control.
Kelly said the contract expires at the end of June and "it is unclear if the group even wants to continue." That leaves the city vulnerable if the SPCA walks away from the contract, he added. Kelly is calling for more city oversight for the contract, saying the city Health Department resists that notion. He plans to introduce a resolution calling for Council hearings on the issue.