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June 2017

Town Moves from County to Self Service for Animal Services, HSSA to Provide Animal Shelter

Animal Services

On May 8, the Sahuarita Town Council made the decision to begin contracting with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) for animal sheltering services. The Town of Sahuarita’s contract with Pima County’s Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) expires June 30, 2017.

HSSA will begin providing animal sheltering services on July 1. The Town routinely evaluates contracts and services and explores options to ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability and, in the case of animal control, animal welfare, public health and safety.
In keeping with this, Town staff conducted research and exercised due diligence in its efforts to secure animal services that would best serve Town residents.

As a recognized leader in the No Kill movement, HSSA doesn't euthanize animals for space or time, and the services HSSA will provide to Sahuarita will be in keeping with their mission and No Kill philosophy.  

The Town proposed a new PACC contract to Pima County in March that Town staff believed more closely represented the enforcement of the Town’s Animal Control code, but the county rejected it, declining to continue providing shelter, enforcement and licensing services to the Town. The Town also approached The Animal League of Green Valley (TALGV) about providing shelter services. TALGV Board carefully reviewed and evaluated the opportunity and concluded that they did not have the capability to handle it effectively.

“We were very interested in working with a reputable, respected business that operates right here within our Town and already provides a wonderful service to our residents,” said Sahuarita Town Manager Kelly Udall, regarding TALGV involvement. “Although disappointed, we understand and respect that right now may not be the best timing for them to take on additional services.”

The Town has hired an Animal Control/Community Services Officer who will enforce the state’s and the Town’s animal control regulations, including picking up stray animals and issuing warnings and citations in cases of neglect, cruelty, bites, leash violations or noise. HSSA will accept, and provide shelter services for those animals brought into its main shelter at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. in Tucson by the Sahuarita Animal Control Officer or Police Officers.

Owner-surrendered animals may still be taken to TALGV, PACC or HSSA. Sahuarita town residents will be asked to schedule an appointment to drop off owner-relinquished animals at HSSA. Owner-relinquished drop-offs are charged a one-time fee of $45, to be paid by the owner. This fee covers vaccinations, microchipping, health check and spay/neuter, if needed. Until June 30, owners relinquishing their pets are not required to pay a fee to PACC, and the Town of Sahuarita will be billed.

Mayor Tom Murphy believes this will be a win-win for the residents of Sahuarita. “Providing our own animal control program will allow us to ensure our residents are getting the best service for their tax dollars,” Mayor Murphy said. “We will have our own enforcement officer who will be able to act effectively and efficiently, while communicating with the animal owners in a more timely manner. Likewise, we believe that providing animal licensing for our residents will bring a level of customer service that they expect and deserve.” For updated information as we get closer to July 1, please visit our website at

Dog Licensing Changes for Sahuarita Coming July 1

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Purchasing a license and attaching it to your dog’s collar is one of the most important things you can do as a responsible dog owner. Displaying a current license tag on your dog’s collar makes it easy for animal control officers and shelter employees to quickly locate a lost dog’s owner information. It could be your dog’s ticket home!

On July 1, the Town of Sahuarita will launch its own animal licensing program! After July 1, Sahuarita residents will no longer license their dogs with Pima County. Town residents will instead be required to license dogs with the Town of Sahuarita.

To make licensing your dog easier than ever, Sahuarita has partnered with PetData, the nation’s only full-service animal licensing provider. Starting in July, PetData will begin sending dog owners their license renewal notices in the mail. Dog owners will receive their notice in the mail when their current Pima County tag is expiring and it is time to renew their dog’s license.

Please remember, all current licenses issued by Pima County for Sahuarita dogs are valid until expiration.

Your dog’s new Sahuarita metal license tag is permanently assigned, and should be worn on the collar at all times. You will receive a new Town of Sahuarita license tag when you renew your license. Dog owners should be sure to remove their old Pima County tag and replace it with their new Town of Sahuarita tag when it arrives.

Dog owners will have several options for renewing their dog’s license, including by mail, or online. New dog owners, or dog owners that did not receive a notice, may also license their dogs online as well. Proof of rabies vaccination including vaccination and expiration dates is required to obtain a license. Proof of spay or neuter is also required, if applicable.

After July 1, dog owners can visit to learn more about licensing their dogs, pay for their dog’s license online, or submit updates to their information. Customer service will be available online and by phone in July.

PetData is based near Dallas, Texas, and is the nation’s only full-service animal licensing and registration provider. PetData has partnered with over 65 cities and counties nationwide, and has issued more than 9 million animal licenses.

For updated information concerning all aspects of this change of service, as we approach July 1, please visit our website at

Summer Open Swim Starts Now 

Summer Open Swim
After a one-week delay, due to some difficulty finding enough lifeguards, the Town is pleased to announce Open Swim opportunities for the public in partnership with Sahuarita Unified School District.

Open swim opportunities for the public started Saturday, June 3, at Sahuarita Aquatics Center, 16230 S. Starlight View Lane.

Summer Open Swim will be held through July 30 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. for a fee of $1 per person.

Summer Lap Swim will be held through July 30 on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a fee of $1 per person.

Sahuarita Public Works: Committed to Service and Community Infrastructure


The following represents a comprehensive summary of road maintenance work taking place this Summer season.

Arterials - repairs, chip and fog seal resurfacing
• Nogales Hwy from Pima Mine Road to just north of Sahuarita Blvd
• Nogales Hwy from El Toro to Calle Valle Verde
Start: June 12th
Complete: June 17th    (final striping 6/30)
Traffic impacts:  Minimal, will try to keep speed limit at 45 mph, work moves quickly, with small traffic shifts east and west.  The only exception will be at the Pima Mine Bridge, where there will be flaggers or a pilot car to get traffic through one lane.  This will only be for a few hours.

Collectors -  chip and fog seal resurfacing
• Twin Buttes, La Canada to the railroad crossing (also repair of broken road edges)
• Camino Suenos de Sahuarita , La Canada to Avenida Santo Tomas
• Alpha Avenue, Beta Intersection to Duval Road
• Via Rancho Sahuarita, Sahuarita Road to south of the second Post Office driveway
Start: June 20th
Complete: June 22nd  (final striping 6/30)

Traffic impacts: Minimal, work moves fast and can shift traffic without lane loss or speed limit change.  One exception may be at Twin Buttes, depending on width, if needed a pilot car will be provided to assist traffic.

- Residential …details soon


Intersection Improvements - addition of turn lanes
• Rancho Sahuarita and Camino Rancheria
• Rancho Sahuarita and Camino Rancho Tierra
• Rancho Sahuarita and Camino Rancho Caliente
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Report Park and Road Issues to the Town: There's an App for That!

YourGov allows anyone with a smart device to report non-emergency, Town-owned park or road issues at the location of the issue or when able; it allows for anonymous or registered user reporting. 

The app allows a phone snapshot of the issue to be attached, along with as much typed in description as needed; with GPS on, shown as a blue circle on the map, the location coordinates are automatically added, or you can manually move the map around to the correct location. 

Once sent from your device, the issue is converted in near-real time to a work request, which automatically alerts appropriate Parks and Recreation or Public Works personnel of the new issue.  Alerted town staff will review, validate, prioritize, and then assign the work request to a town employee’s day-to-day workflow to fix the issue. Please note, for emergency and/or life threatening town infrastructure related issues, please call 911.


If a reported item is for an issue not maintained by the Town, Town personnel will report it to the appropriate agency.  If the reported item is outside town boundaries, it will not be sent to the town; instead, it will be sent to Cartegraph, who will attempt to notify the appropriate municipality.

Use of the app is simple. Create an issue by selecting the “+” (plus sign) on the app.  Satellite or normal map views are available to help pinpoint the issue; the issue being created is shown as a white circle with an orange outline. To move the issue circle location, touch the screen to relocate it, as needed. YourGov will show on the map any issues already reported that have not been completed as a white circle with a black outline; these can be reviewed to check if the new issue in question has already been reported. 

The website (PC) version of YourGov works similarly to the app version, with the exception of automatic GPS location of the issue, and likely touchscreen use. To choose the issue location, either type in a street address, or move/zoom/click to the location of the issue using a mouse.  The web version of YourGov can be accessed at  On Cartegraph’s website,, there is a short, generic video and other additional information about YourGov.

Sahuarita’s website has a YourGov use and information page; go to the Town’s homepage at, hover over or click on the “Help Center” tab at the top of the homepage, and then select “Report a Problem;” alternatively the direct link is”

For more information on YourGov or OMS, please contact Public Works (PW) at 344-7100, or the PW Streets Division contact John Garcia at 445-7802 (work) or 250-2979 (cell).  Remember, it’s “YourGov.”


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