From staff reports
Significant changes may soon take effect in Lockhart’s animal services division pending City Council action at its regular November 2 meeting.
The recommendations were made by the Animal Control & Care Academy, which carried out a city-commissioned assessment.
In August, Animal Control & Care Academy representatives said they were recommending an “average amount” of changes from other government-run animal shelters their company audited, but also ranked Lockhart Animal Shelter like a place with hardworking staff that strikes above its weight. and does more than what it is endowed for.
The 265-page report said the shelter’s workforce was understaffed for the range of services it provided, the town’s wildcat population was too high, people needed more time. to retrieve their lost animals, that more awareness was needed and that Public Works was the wrong department to oversee the shelter.
A recommendation from ACCA will go into effect on Monday, November 1: new hours of operation for animal shelters. The refuge will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and will be closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays.
“It has been advised It has been advised to shorten the opening hours of the refuge to facilitate the cleaning process to ensure that the facility is presentable and safe for visitors and pets before it opens to the public,” said a city spokesperson said in an email. sent Tuesday. “The ACCA also suggested a later start time (like 11 a.m.) and closing time (like 6 p.m.) for the shelter, which makes it easier for potential adopters to visit.
“Even though the shelter will be closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays, the facility will still have several staff and volunteers on site. “Closed” days will be used for in-depth cleaning and maintenance of the facilities, as well as for the daily care of the shelter’s pets; including, but not limited to, feeding, watering and exercise for dogs.
“These new hours will ensure that staff, volunteers, dogs, cats and the community at Lockhart Animal Shelter are better served with a well-maintained and safe facility, as well as more accessible hours for potential adopters and host families. “
Other proposed changes that may come into effect include:
Reallocation of the Animal Services Division of the Public Works Department to the Lockhart Police Department.
Creation of a new police sergeant post which will share its tasks between Animal Services and the Criminal Investigation Division.
New deadlines for impoundment: three working days for stray animals and five working days for “possessed” animals. The current retention time for animals is three working days.
Caldwell County animals impounded at the facility should reflect the period of detention adopted by the city.
Pet restriction requirements to reduce pet overcrowding (through breeding restrictions and limiting the number of animals allowed in a household), nuisance complaints and pet grabbers. Authorized keepers of feral cat colonies / animal rescue organizations may be exempt.