City Council Expected To Change Animal Services Management - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/19/08

City Council Expected To Change Animal Services Management

A NewsChannel 11 investigative report gets big results. Tuesday, the mayor gives us a preview of some ideas that might straighten out problems at the animal shelter that were discovered by NewsChannel 11 Investigates.

Wednesday, Mayor Tom Martin discussed a City Hall hot topic: Lubbock Animal Services. Thursday, City Council will vote on recommendations to restructure Animal Services. In a NewsChannel 11 report we uncovered problems within Animal Services like hundreds of unreturned messages to the Lubbock Animal Shelter. The city already fired two shelter employees because of the problems, but City Council thinks Animal Services still needs more work.

Mayor Tom Martin took questions about animal services from callers on NewsRadio 1420's Pet Talk show Wednesday morning. During the program, Martin blamed problems on the way the shelter is run. 

City Manager, Lee Ann Dumbauld, thinks Animal Services should report directly to Deputy City Manager Tom Adams instead of the Health Department, like it does now. This plan would have Animal Services reporting directly to upper city management, instead of going through a middle man department.

This isn't the plan Martin originally brought up at a previous council meeting, but he says he'll give it a try. "I mentioned the possible idea at the last meeting of placing it under the Police Department where it would be managed, I think much better, but if the City Manager believes this will do the trick then I'm willing to follow her recommendation," said Martin. 

Martin predicts the council will approve the plan to move Animal Services under Adams, who has experience working with Animal Services in San Angelo.

Animal activists hope this will improve shelter operations. "I think at the end of the day it's about saving lives for those who, like I said tax payers who want the shelter, who want it built and want it run correctly," said Sawyer Lewis, host of NewsRadio 1420's Pet Talk. 

No plans are final until after the City Council votes on it. NewsChannel 11 will be at that meeting to bring you an update Thursday.

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