Victoria County Animal Management Providers will separate from the County Public Well being Division and turn out to be its personal company, Victoria County Commissioners selected Monday.
“We’re making ready Animal Management to have the ability to evolve and adapt,” Victoria County Court docket Commissioner Ben Zeller stated in the course of the public listening to.
As a result of giant variety of stray canine and cats discovered within the county, it could be simpler for the workplace to be an entity in its personal proper, the commissioners determined. A seek for somebody to handle the group will start shortly.
Animal Management has been linked to the Division of Public Well being for many years. With requests for COVID-19 and different well being issues, the well being division needed to be separated, Michael Atkinson, who chairs the Victoria County Animal Management Advisory Committee, instructed the courtroom.
“We’d like to have the ability to undertake animals extra rapidly,” Atkinson stated. “There’s a way more vital function within the steps that have to be taken.”
Victoria Animal Management responds to animal complaints in each Victoria and the unincorporated county. These complaints embrace maverick canine, maverick livestock, barking canine, animals trapped in dwell traps, aggressive canine, animal bites, and lifeless animals. And in accordance with state legislation, all animal bites have to be reported to Animal Management.
The Division of Animal Management Providers could be beneath the route of the Court docket of Commissioners. The Commissioners Court docket would appoint a courtroom liaison to supervise day-to-day operations till a extra structured division will be created.
Among the many adjustments underway at Animal Management is the extension of hours at its workplace and adoption facility at 122 Perimeter Highway in Victoria. Victoria County Animal Management hours shall be prolonged to 7:00 pm on the primary and third Wednesday of the month, to permit households extra time to see the animals prepared for adoption. The timetable can be prolonged on Saturdays.
As well as, a brand new vaccination program for “consumption” canine and cats has been initiated at Animal Management. Based mostly on a six-month examine related to Pets Alive of Austin, the privately funded program is designed to check the effectiveness of particular vaccinations given when animals arrive at Animal Management to stop or cut back illness on the facility.
Animal Management will present month-to-month reviews to Pets Alive. Vaccinations embrace vaccinations towards parvo, distemper and bordetella for canine. Vaccinations towards feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus and feline panleukopenia shall be offered for cats.
All animals introduced into the ability will now be microchipped in order that the proprietor, if any, will be recognized. Atkinson instructed the commissioners there was a major problem with feral cats in Victoria. He stated that despite the fact that greater than 10,000 stray cats had been trapped and neutered, “it did not make a dent.”
Zeller stated 90 p.c of Animal Management operated pet pickups have been within the metropolis of Victoria.
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