Saturday, November 6, 2010
THE LOUISIANA SPCA
2010 Animal Control Contract Status
The City of New Orleans reduced funding for the LA/SPCA for 2010. Because there was only enough funding for 9 months, the LA/SPCA is providing emergency only services for the last 3 months of the year. LA/SPCA will continue to provide the following services out of our commitment to the quality-of-life of our companion animals and our community:
1. Emergency response to humans injured or attacked by animals and emergency response to injured animals between 9 am and 5 pm (Mon. - Fri.)
2. Bite case investigation and management during regular business hours
3. Drop off location for found or unwanted animals 9 am and 5 pm (Mon. Fri.)
4. Lost and found services
5. Housing and humane care (food, shelter and veterinary care) for animals brought by the public
6. Adoption and re-homing of cats and dogs
7. Humane euthanasia and cremation for unadoptable animals
Without the additional funding required the LA/SPCA is unable to:
1. Disaster Evacuation Assistance: LA/SPCA will not open and operate a temporary shelter for animals during tropical storm conditions or provide staffing for City Assisted Evacuation of Companion Animals prior to landfall of a major storm.
2. After-hours Services: All calls received outside of regular business hours (Mon. - Fri) will be routed to NOPD. This includes weekend and holidays.
3. Bite Case Quarantine: Animals that bite humans will need to be held by private veterinarians and billed to the City of New Orleans.
4. Stray Animal Collection: LA/SPCA will not actively trap or collect strays roaming the streets in Orleans Parish. We will take in and provide care to strays brought to our shelter by the public and NOPD.
5. Intact Dog Ordinance: City of New Orleans will be responsible for enforcement.
6. Inspection of stables for mules used as transportation
7. Owner requested relinquishment in the field
2011 Animal Control Contract Status
The City of New Orleans has proposed reducing the funding for Animal Control 28.6% from $2,150,000 (which only covered 9 months) to $1,500,000. While the LA/SPCA has historically contributed an average of 41% a year to provide City Services, the LA/SPCA is unable to provide the City with year-round services for the amount proposed. The LA/SPCA has worked closely with the City Council to create revenue streams to help close this gap. In 2010, the LA/SPCA generated more than $250,000 of the funding needed through the collection of Rabies Licensing fees, Adoption fees, and other fines and fees.
To provide 100% of Animal Control services it would cost the City of New Orleans less than ½ of 1% of its General fund. The General fund represents 80% of the total City budget.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
NOVEMBER 3, 2010
Puppy mill bill passes in Missouri
The extremely controversial bill intended to crack down on large-scale Missouri breeders narrowly passed last night.
The Kansas City Star reports that the bill had about 51 percent of the vote with nearly all precincts reporting. Known as the "puppy mill bill," Proposition B would limit the number of breeding dogs a breeder could have, increase living space for animals, expand requirements for vet care and create criminal penalties for those who violate these standards.
The bill will become law next November.