YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima is doubling the size of its animal control department.
Two new officers will be added in July to patrol the city for stray animals and handle code violations.
The city partnered with the Humane Society of Central Washington to bring them in.
It will cost taxpayers $51,000 per year for each of the new officers, but officials say they'll make a huge difference in the city.
"They're going to be a big lift to the city. We can do emphasis on stray dogs. We will be proactive now instead of reactive. So, that's a big challenge that we've had in the past," said Joe Caruso, code enforcement manager.
Caruso says the addition means the city will now have animal control officers on the streets seven days a week.