In February, KCBD Investigates reported on the outrageous kill ratios at the Lubbock Animal Shelter. Last week we did a follow up story to see if anything had changed.
In the three months since KCBD shined the light on these statistics there has been a transformation at the Lubbock Animal Shelter and kill rates have dropped significantly.
Better practices have contributed to this drop. Today, officers are allowed to locate owners and microchip pets in the field.
Better triage processes at intake find and treat diseased animals sooner, and now you can view intake photos on the website.
I applaud City Manager Jarrett Atkinson and his staff for their cooperation and hard work after our stories broke.
There is still lots to be done, both at the animal shelter and also in community attitudes toward responsible pet ownership. But we're making progress.
Consider this: The next step is hiring an animal shelter director. I encourage City Manager Jarrett Atkinson to keep up the effort and bring us an animal shelter that is a showcase in the state.
This is how government ought to listen and respond to its citizens.
And it's the kind of investigative reporting you know you can expect from KCBD NewsChannel 11.
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