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The city of Sudburys decision to contract out its canine control service has ended up costing taxpayers twice as much. But stray dogs wont stand a chance.

The city decided to move ahead with its plans to contract out the service before hearing an arbitrators decision on whether or not the two city workers were to be considered full time, permanent employees.

The arbitrator ruled the city couldnt eliminate the two jobs. So now Sudbury has two canine control unit officers and a contract with a private company to provide the same service.

CUPE 4705 president Wyman MacKinnon said the incident should make council think twice before contracting out other services. MacKinnon said the local was willing to work with the city to find more constructive ways of improving public services.