MANATEE -- A long-awaited audit of the Manatee County Animal Services Division will be ready in November, but it has not been delayed and fallen behind schedule, a Manatee County official said Tuesday.
County Administrator Ed Hunzeker said he "goofed up" when figuring the time frame for the audit report when he said the consulting company hired to do it would start immediately once a contract was signed.
The contract was signed July 24, the Herald reported at the time, but the Matrix Consulting Group Ltd. of Mountain View, Calif., did not actually begin work until Aug. 14, Hunzeker told the Manatee County Commission on Tuesday.
If the company finishes its audit by mid-November, as a county spokesman predicted it would Monday, it is still within the original estimated time frame of about 12 weeks of work, Hunzeker said.
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The county signed a $53,000 contract with Matrix to audit the animal services operation. The company is to submit a formal report with recommendations at the conclusion of its probe.
County animal-services employees came under fire in connection with an animal abuse case involving a private shelter where they had sent animals for care.
The owners of the private shelter now face multiple counts of animal cruelty and fraud.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.