Talk about down to the wire.
With the clock ticking fast toward the midnight deadline tonight, there is still no deal for stray animal care in Delaware County.
The Delaware County Times reports officials from both the county and the SPCA met for 2 and a half hours Wednesday and emerged without an agreement.
If the SPCA closes its doors as promised tonight there will be no central place to house stray cats or dogs. According to one official, 12 municipalities have signed contracts with shelters outside of the area to take in dogs but there is no plan for cats.
The county is seeking a six-month extension so that it would have time to construct a new shelter in Upper Darby.
The SPCA a year ago, said it would end its animal control role on July 1, 2011 in an effort to become a "no-kill" shelter. Animal welfare advocates called the no-kill goal a false one, charging that the dogs and cats who may have been humanely euthanized in the shelter will now suffer and die in the streets.