Q May a municipality enter into a contract with a contractor to provide low cost spaying and neutering services for stray animals and family pets?

A No, Section 21-19-9 is not so broad as to authorize a municipality to provide low cost spaying and neutering services to the general public nor to contract for such services even in the interest of animal control. Prior opinions authorize the municipality to contract with a third party to obtain services that are typically provided by a municipal pound, including spaying and neutering for animals in the municipal pound. The authority in section 21-19-9 to prevent and regulate animals running at large does not extend to providing low-cost veterinary services to the public. If the municipality contracts for services typically provided by a municipal pound, the provider may which is under contract to provide animal shelter services may provide spaying or neutering services to the public at a city-owned facility, provided no unlawful donation is being made by the municipality. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Mallette, October 11, 2016)