PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The problem of dealing with stray animals has crept up again in Delaware County. The SPCA does not want the responsibility of picking them up, and the county’s plans to open a replacement shelter are not yet complete.

The SPCA extended its deadline for helping communities with strays until year’s end when it was thought a new shelter and operator would be in place in Darby. But that is not going to happen, according to Tom Judge, Junior, who chairs the Animal Protection Board which was recently set up by officials in Delaware County.

“Construction of the facility is more complicated than people originally thought to do this properly for the protection of all the dogs and cats that would be put in this facility,” Judge said he hopes to have everything in place by the middle of next year.

In the meantime, Judge is coming up with a “plan B” for handling strays once the SPCA stops. That involves contracting with agencies outside the county; a process he says is underway, but not yet set up.

Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio