Animal Welfare Department improvement

Animal Welfare Department improvement


CALL MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE ANIMAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. BUT IT )S STILL UNCLEAR IF THEIR NEW APPROACH TO DEALING WITH NEGLIGENT ANIMAL OWNERS IS WORKING. HERE )S NEWS 13 )S JACKIE KENT … JACKIE. KIM … THE MAYOR RODE ALONG WITH ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS TODAY BEFORE ANNOUNCING WHAT HE THINKS IS THE KEY TO A TURNAROUND IN THE DEPARTMENT. Mayor Tim Keller, City of Albuquerque: In the last year, Animal Welfare has eliminated our officer shortage. We are now 100-percent full. MAYOR KELLER SAYS THAT EXTRA STAFFING HAS HELPED ELIMINATE A TWO-YEAR BACKLOG OF APPROXIMATELY 23-HUNDRED CALLS FOR SERVICE FOR ANYTHING FROM ANIMAL CRUELTY TIPS TO REPORT OF STRAY PETS. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS NOW THERE ARE 22 FIELD OFFICERS– UP FROM 18 IN JANUARY– RESPONDING TO ABOUT 30-THOUSAND CALLS A YEAR. IN SOME CASES NOW — OFFICERS WILL (NOT CITE A PET OWNER — BUT MIGHT OFFER A VOUCHER TO GET IT SPAYED OR NEUTERED — OR GIVE THEM TIME TO FIX A FENCE WHERE DOGS KEEP ESCAPING. Adam Ricci, Chief of Field Operations: Over the last six months, we )ve actually been seeing a decrease in the calls for service that we )ve been receiving so it illustrates the changes we )ve made in responding out is actually reducing calls and making the public safer. TODAY )S NEW CONFERENCE… FOLLOWS A KRQE REPORT REVEALING ANIMAL WELFARE CITATIONS TO NEGLIGENT PET OWNERS WERE DOWN 40-PERCENT IN KELLER )S FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE. WE ASKED HOW MANY CITATIONS HAVE BEEN GIVEN SINCE JANUARY. NO ONE COULD GIVE US THAT ANSWER. ANIMAL WELFARE SAYS THEIR PRIORITY IS TRACKING RESPONSE TIMES — WHICH IS DOWN FROM AN HOUR TO ABOUT TWENTY MINUTES. KIM… BACK TO YOU. OKAY, JACKIE. THE DEPARTMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THEIR SAVE RATE IS UP TO 90-PERCENT OVER THE PAST YEAR — THAT )S THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS THAT ARE BEING ADOPTED … RECLAIMED OR TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER FACILITY. THEY COULDN )T GIVE US A TOTAL NUMBER OF ANIMALS THAT HAD BEEN EUTHANIZED.

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