Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Stats from Ft. Worth Animal Control presented by Ft.Worth Public Health Dept.

For year 2007, Impounded Animals by Council District

Council District 2, Sal Espino 3541 (3rd place prize)
Council District 3, Chuck Silcox 2210
Council District 4, Danny Scarth 2265
Council District 5, Frank Moss 4212 (1st place prize)
Council District 6, Jungus Jordan 2317
Council District 7, Carter Burdette 2642
Council District 8, Kathleen Hicks 3670 (2nd place prize)
Council District 9, Joel Burns 3092

#1 Significant Challenge = Pet Over-Population

Potential Dog Population

An unspayed female dog, her mate and all of their puppies and their puppies' puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed add up to:
1 year: 16
2 year: 128
3 year: 512
4 year: 2,048
5 year: 12,288
6 year: 67,000

Ft. Worth's Spay/Neuter Clinic suppose to be operational by Oct. 1, 2008

Approximately 2% of all impounded animals have registration tags or any form of id

Current Shelter Capacity = 374 - 450 animals

2007 12 month average = 364 animals

Total cost of field response, impound and 3 day stay 2008 - $94.11

Summary of Challenges: increasing demand for service, low City Ordinance Compliance, Shelter overcrowding, operating cost increases

End of stuff from Public Health Dept and beginning of my 2 cents.

Currently Ft. Worth has no adoption center for people to interact with the pets. Currently Ft. Worth Animal Shelter doubles up with dogs in one run. Currently CFW doesn't have sweeps in East Ft. Worth because there isn't enough money to pay staff to conduct sweep. Currently Ft. Worth has a limit of 3 dogs per household. Currently Ft. Worth has no requirements for spay/neuteuring of "family" pets. (a dog kept out in the backyard or tied up in the front yard with no interaction with any living thing but bugs and birds is no family member IMO!)

What is your Council person saying and/or doing about this disturbing trend and problem here in our beloved City of Ft. Worth? What are you doing about it? Please email the above Council members (firstname.lastname@fortworthgov.org) and let them know that you care about the dogs/cats. Plug Animal Control's phone number in your cell phone and call on every single stray, neglected, abused dog that you see 817-392-3737.

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