from TX-RPOA ~Houston Chapter 6 Animal Ordinance Vote Tomorrow! Part I

TX-RPOA E-News
>From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach
Crossposting is encouraged.
March 11, 2014

RPOA just received this information below regarding the proposed revisions
to the Houston Chapter 6 Animal Ordinance. The two Power Point
Presentations are attached but provide little information. Houston City
Council’s vote is tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Consent Agenda with no public
comment.
Some red flags raised are:
1) Hobby Non-Commercial Breeder Permit (First such definition in the state
that we know of and we do not have the definition).
2) BARC clearly assumes ownership of animals at end of either 72 hours or 6
days. Can dispose of its ownership via adoption, transfer to humane
organizations, or humane euthanasia.
3) “Dog Kennel” has been replaced with “Commercial Pet Services Facility”
and clearly defined “somewhere?”
4) “Livestock Permit” created.

You can be assured what passes in Houston will NOT stay in Houston. So be
forewarned. We’ll forward a message from Zandra Anderson also that contains
contact information for all Houston city officials and voices her concerns
with the proposal.

Forward from Houston city official:
Heim, Alexander – ARA [mailto:Alexander.Heim@houstontx.gov]
Subject: Chapter 6 Proposal Council Agenda Schedule

Thank you all so much for your valuable and continued input throughout the
long stakeholder process. I truly understand how difficult it can be for
you to take time out of your busy schedules to attend stakeholder meetings,
committee meetings, and to keep in communication with us. For this I am
very grateful. I can honestly say that the final proposed changes to
Chapter 6 are significantly better due in large part to the amount of
stakeholder feedback we have received. ARA is now able to present changes
to Council for approval that will go a long way towards addressing the
myriad of animal-related issues facing the City of Houston in a targeted,
appropriate, and effective way. We are attempting to load our
recommendations on the Council Agenda for next Wednesday, March 12th.
Although stakeholders are encouraged to attend to watch the City Council
vote, there will not be time for citizens to voice their opinions on that
date. However, if you believe that our recommendations have merit and that
our engagement process has been considerate and productive, please consider
sharing your thoughts with City Council by either emailing or writing to
them, or by attending Public Session next Tuesday, March 11th , at 2:00 pm.
Any written correspondence needs to occur between now and Tuesday. Here is
the link to the City’s Council contact information web page:
http://www.houstontx.gov/council/index.html. That page also includes
instructions on how to attend Council Public Session as a speaker. If you
sign in to speak, please mention that you wish to speak on Agenda Item 10-1.
I urge that a strong and wide communication on behalf of our (this is
definitely not only BARC’s work) recommendations will ensure that the
correct outcome is realized. While template emails are commonly employed, I
believe that our Council Members appreciate concise, authentic messages more
than receipt of voluminous and identical emails. However, I defer to your
preferred communication method. We are sending this email to everyone who
has either provided an email address to us at stakeholder meetings or
otherwise emailed us. We do not expect that this email will go to everyone
that supports our collective work. Please feel free to forward this along
to whomever you feel appropriate.

Although the proposed changes will greatly empower BARC to positively affect
animal control outcomes in the City, more resources are also needed if BARC
is to be able to respond to all the requests we receive. We have already
constructed a detailed financial model that explicitly defines what
resources are needed to improve BARC’s performance at different levels.
While this is a separate issue, it still affects BARC’s performance as much
as these ordinance changes will. If you are interested in more information
on this topic, you can view the attached presentation which was presented to
Council last week. The financial model itself will be posted to our website
(http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/cac_municipal_code_overview.php). Channel 11
and the Houston Chronicle have also written about this issue:

http://www.khou.com/news/local/Animal-Control-Cant-Keep-Up-with-Citys-Stray-Dog-Crisis–248237181.html

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-animal-control-seeks-3-4M-for-sea-5297151.php?cmpid=htx

Thanks, Chris Newport
Chief of Staff
Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department
611 Walker, 13th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
832-393-8503 (o), 713-818-8859 (c),
832-395-9505 (f)
………………………………………………

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~ by topcatsroar on March 11, 2014.

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