Dallas Animal Services focusing on public safety and positive outcomes
Dallas Animal Services (DAS) has made significant progress over the last three months on implementing the Boston Consulting Group’s recommendations. That progress includes hiring additional Animal Service Officers, expanding collection shifts, and increasing training and enforcement. Major Barbara Hobbs told the City Council’s Quality of Life Committee that DAS is taking a more strategic approach to animal control.
“We are taking a more strategic and common sense approach, including asking our transfer partners what barriers exist that keep them from taking animals,” Hobbs told the Committee. “And removing some of those barriers has greatly increased our live release rate. Now we need to stay focused on our primary mission of public safety and positive outcomes for the animals,” she said. Leadership of DAS was reassigned to the Dallas Police Department by the City Manager in September 2016.
“We know the direction we need to go,” she said, citing an increase in impoundments, citations and enforcement of serious bodily injury crimes, live releases, partnerships and communications, and increasing data available online. “As we move forward we will see where we are progressing quickly and see the areas we need to provide more attention to. We now have the process to get us there.”