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Time to reform Animal Services

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From page A10 | October 14, 2012 |

At the latest Woodland City Council meeting, I made comments in support of the LAFCO report on the Yolo County Animal Services, which recommends that Animal Services be removed from the Sheriff’s Department. As a former peace officer, a local businesswomen and the director of Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue, I am known for speaking my mind and speaking in plain terms.

As some recent grumblings might incorrectly suggest, my comments were not meant to bash the current employees, but rather to agree with the report’s conclusions that the current model is just not working. I have had a good, close working relationship with the shelter staff and am grateful that they have allowed me to help rescue so many animals over the years.

While I respect many individuals at Animal Services and applaud the job that they do, their hands are tied within the Sheriff’s Department, as animal issues are the lowest priority in law enforcement. To make significant improvements, we need to change the model, draw qualified management from a larger pool, and concentrate on animal issues, such as investigating abuse, cruelty and abandonment.

Cracking down on animal abuse, combined with youth outreach and humane education as we do successfully at Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue, is critical to encourage responsible pet ownership and reduce intake numbers.

Through the proposed privatization where animal welfare and life-saving will finally be the No. 1 priority, we can get much-needed programs, more staffing, more volunteers, better services and better outcomes at no additional cost to the cities.

As a professional dog trainer and a longtime resident of Yolo County, I have a passion for helping our community and the animals in it. It is time to move forward and ensure that the funding allocated to Yolo County Animal Services for animal control, sheltering and care is used to maximize the benefit to our citizens and animals.

Renee Lancaster

Woodland

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