Animal Issues Task Force

The Animal Issues Task Force was established by Springfield City Council in early 2012 for the purpose of "gaining public input and assistance in addressing the ever-increasing animal-related issues facing our community." The group began meeting in spring 2012. This page includes links to all materials given to the task force during its work.

Official Charge from City Council
"The Task Force's charge shall be to examine current Health Department animal shelter facilities, policies and procedures and recommend any changes that would improve the level and quality of services from the standpoint of public safety and animal welfare. The review would include a determination of possible alternatives to the current shelter and recommendations as to whether the City should continue to maintain the present shelter or proceed with one or more of the alternatives. The task force should consider funding options and recommendation for during any proposed actions(s)."

Membership
Members of the task force are as follows:

  • Mary Collette, Chairwoman
  • Carl Woodland
  • Dr. Mike Stafford
  • Gwen Evans
  • Karenanne Fitzsimmons
  • Raquel Baehl
  • Kathleen Cowens
  • Theresa Bettmann
  • Carrie Galvan
  • Stephanie Montgomery
  • Gloria Galanes

Final Recommendations
The Animal Issues Task Force presented its final recommendations to Springfield City Council on Sept. 10, 2013. The recommendations focus on three areas: Facilities, Programs, and Policies. A PDF of the recommendations is below. The next step is for Council to take up any portion of the recommendations it would like to act upon, and those changes would have to go through the legislative process before taking effect.

AITF Recommendations to City Council

Resources
The following are materials that were presented to or requested by the task force at each meeting, plus the official agendas and minutes.
Aug. 5, 2013 meeting
Agenda
Facilities - Final Draft
Programs Recommendations - Final Draft
Policies & Legislation Recommendations - Final Draft

July 1, 2013 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Policies & Legislation Recommendations - Draft 5
Programs Recommendations - Draft 3

June 18, 2013 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Policies & Legislation recommendations - Draft 4
Programs recommendations - Draft 2

June 3, 2013 meeting
Agenda
Minutes - none (quorum was not met)

May 20, 2013 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Policies & Legislation Recommendations - Draft 3

May 6, 2013 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Letter to City Council

April 1, 2013 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Presentation: How Calgary & Omaha Ordinances Compare to Springfield
Omaha Dangerous Dog Ordinance
Omaha Reckless Owner Ordinance
Omaha Anti-Tethering Ordinance
Table Comparing Dog Bite Statuses
Article: The Case Against Breed Discrimination by Insurance Companies

March 4, 2013 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Overview of Current Pit Bull Ordinance
List of Media Stories on Pit Bull Attacks (1990-2010)
2012 Pit Bull Statistics
10-year Animal Control Statistics
10-year Animal Control Statistics Explanation
Article: Georgia's Responsible Dog Owner Act

Jan. 14, 2013 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Draft: Program Recommendations

Dec. 3, 2012 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Draft: New Shelter Recommendations
Draft: Licensing Program Recommendations

Oct. 29, 2012 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Licensing PowerPoint presentation
Article: Delimmas of Trap-Neuter-Release

Sept. 24, 2012 meeting
Agenda
Recap (blog post)

Aug. 27, 2012 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Feral cat PowerPoint presentation
Calgary animal policies study (7 MB download)
HSUS spay/neuter study
PetSmart spay/neuter study

July 30, 2012 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Pet Licensing in Benchmark Cities
Pet Licensing in Benchmark Cities - Chart
HSUS feral cats letter
Issues Brainstorm List (updated)

June 25, 2012 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Comparing Cities PowerPoint presentation
Issues Brainstorm List
City of Springfield Animal Ordinances

May 21, 2012 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Program Models PowerPoint presentation

April 30, 2012 meeting
Agenda
Minutes
Animal Control Overview PowerPoint presentation (5 MB download)
Springfield-Greene County Animal Control Data Overview
Letter from USPS