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07/27/2021 05. Animal Control Program and Licensing 1 f N • RPUkaTh:V BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STAT EM ENT Item No. 5. For Meeting of: July 27, 2021 ITEM TITLE: Animal Control Program and Licensing SUBMITTED BY: Tony Doan, Supervising Code Inspector Glenn Denman, Code Administration Manager SUMMARY EXPLANATION: This is a presentation on the current status of Animal Control. ITEM BUDGETED: NA STRATEGIC PRIORITY: Public Trust and Accountability APPROVED FOR SUBMITTAL BY THE CITY MANAGER RECOMMENDATION: Review reports and provide direction as appropriate ATTACHMENTS: Description Upload Date Type U memo 7/23/2021 Comer Memo 2 MEMORANDUM To: Joan Davenport, Director of Community Development From: Glenn Denman, Code Administration Manager Tony Doan, Supervising Code Inspector Date: July 19, 2021 RE: Animal Control Statistics Animal Control 2021 2021 has brought a new look to the Animal Control Division. This marked the first year that the City of Yakima has staffed all of the Animal Control Officers(ACO)since 2014. Prior to this, ACO's were a combination of City employees and contracted employees through the Yakima Humane Society. ACO staffing was a concern at the beginning of the year. In April we were able to bring on a second ACO (permanent, part time). This helped out with response times and efficiency. However, one of the officers started a new career leaving one of the positions vacant, bringing us back to 1 full time ACO. Our one ACO has continued to average 40+ cases per week. The table below shows the varying case types and numbers. It's worth noting that our most common case type is "Animal at Large". This case type is also the most challenging to handle due to many factors; including response time based on availability, how much time has passed by the time the complaint comes in, how many animals are at large at one time, traffic, and available assistance to name a few. The Animal Control Division has worked to refine workflow steps and increase accuracy and consistency for these cases. Despite working with one full time ACO for the majority of 2021, we are up to 1,187 cases responded to. The amount of cases is relative to the availability of personnel employed. Most Common ACO Case Types 2021 350 300 288 250 200 162 150 127 Zoo 66 62 55 41 11 036 034 1129 1.27 14 12 50 is\-/ \,‘?- J�5 Q� Q� P� ��. Q. J�, Q� ‘z... Ks- <<5) P <<, ,;s eszi- \-\ ,i?4, <0 3 Dog Licensing Emphasis The Animal Control Division has taken steps to increase the number of dog licenses in the City of Yakima. In March, the Community Relations Division issued a news release asking for the community's cooperation with common violations of the Yakima Municipal Code (YMC), including dog licensing. Our partners at the Yakima Humane Society (YHS) have also helped in this effort. When an unlicensed dog is sheltered, they will now hold the dog until licensing has been completed. This is consistent with YMC 6.20.320 (2)(A). To make this process easier, they are able to complete this process at the shelter. The YMC also requires all dogs adopted out to be licensed prior to release of the animal. In May, ACO's added a check and balance process to all active cases to check for licensing. This allows us to track how often licensing is being checked. Since then, 358 total cases have resulted in checking for dog licensing. If a dog is unlicensed and the owner is known, they receive a warning and a grace period to complete that process. If after the grace period the dog remains unlicensed, a citation is issued.