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2012 Agency Overview – Approved Budget

Mission
Animal Care and Control Safety and Enforcement Division The purpose of the Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control is to provide canine education and law enforcement services as described in Ohio Revised Code Section 955 to the citizens of Franklin County so that they can live free from the dangers and nuisances of uncontrolled dogs. Dog Shelter and Adoption Center The purpose of the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center is to provide shelter to stray dogs and to provide redemption and adoption services to the citizens of Franklin County so that they can be reunited with their lost pets and adopt spayed and neutered new pets that are determined to the best of our ability to be behaviorally and medically sound.

Agency Goals
Overall Goals
1) Increase compliancy among Franklin County residents regarding Ohio laws that pertain to the ownership of dogs.
2) Decrease the number of homeless dogs within Franklin County. Goal number 1 can be attained through increased education and diligent enforcement. Increased Education: The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will increase the number of Animal Awareness classes to at least 36 classes a year in 2012. These classes will target first time offenders who meet the minimum criteria established by the Prosecutor’s Office as part of a diversion program. The class will also include individuals that have been found guilty of an animal related crime and are required to attend the class as a part of their sentencing. The class will also be offered at no charge to any Franklin County resident that wishes to attend to become more knowledgeable about Ohio dog laws and how to humanely care for their pet(s). The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will visit at least 25 schools within Franklin County in 2012 to teach children how to be safe around dogs, the responsibilities of properly caring for pets, how to treat animals humanely, and how to report violations that they observe. By June of 2012, the Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will develop an educational video that all adopters will be required to watch prior to leaving our facility with their new pet. The video will be approximately 10 minutes long and will stress the importance of abiding by the laws pertaining to dog ownership (to include licensing your dog, vaccinating your dog against the rabies virus, and properly confining your dog). The video will also stress the importance of regular veterinary visits, providing adequate food, water, and shelter, and the humane treatment of animals. Diligent Enforcement: The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will increase designated patrols in high risk areas in 2012 to include license and confinement checks. High risk areas will be determined by the number of complaints received in specific areas identified by zip code. Every week in 2012, the Safety and Enforcement Division will focus on one zip code in addition to responding to service requests throughout the county. These focused patrols will concentrate on detecting unlicensed dogs and improperly confined dogs and will result in 52 “week long” patrols in 2012. Enforcement officers will be filing charges on owners that are not in compliance and will be impounding dogs running at large when ownership can not be determined. Deputy Wardens will be required to file charges on the owner of any dog that is not in compliance with the licensing laws of this state. Goal number two can be attained through increased education pertaining to spay/neuter and through utilizing the improved facility to showcase homeless dogs. The new shelter software program will enable individuals that have lost their dogs to search photos of impounded dogs on our website. Increased Education Pertaining to Spay/Neuter and of the Pet Overpopulation: The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will continue to stress the importance of spay/neuter and will continue to make the public aware of the pet overpopulation. The benefits of spay/neuter will be emphasized in all of our educational presentations. Every dog will continue to be spayed or neutered prior to being placed for adoption. The Department of Animal Care and Control will utilize the medical area of the new facility to showcase the department’s commitment to spay/neuter. The public will be offered the opportunity to observe spay/neuter surgery through the window of the new surgical suite. Utilizing the Improved Facility to Showcase Dogs The new shelter will provide an environment that is conducive to adopting a new pet. Instead of having to walk through a loud and crowded building to look for a new pet, potential adopters will find themselves in a bright, state of the art animal shelter with improved air quality, improved accommodations, and an improved overall atmosphere. There will be “Featured Dog Rooms” that will be utilized to showcase dogs that have been overlooked for whatever reason. The new facility and computers will also allow potential adopters to navigate through the adoption process more quickly and more efficiently. Potential adopters will have access to three computer stations in the front lobby that will allow them to submit their applications without having to fill out paper forms. They will also be able to submit applications online from the comfort of their homes. The applications will be streamlined directly to the adoption counselors and clerks, eliminating the necessity to wait in long lines.

Full Time Equivalents (FTEs)

Program: 2011 Approved Budget 2012 Requested Budget 2012 Approved Budget
Shelter Program
42.05
41.35
40.65
Safety Program
24.20
23.90
24.10
Total Agency FTEs
66.25
65.25
64.75
Available Resources:

Fund:
2010 Actual 2011 Approved Budget 2012 Requested Budget 2012 Approved Budget % Change 2012 Approved vs. 2011 Approved
Dog and Kennel
$3,914,866
$3,059,832
$3,028,279
$2,688,279
-12.1%
Dog and Kennel Donations
$0
$0
$172,000
$172,000
100.0%
Total $3,914,866
$3,059,832
$3,200,279
$2,860,279
-6.5%
 
Expense Budget:

Program:
2010 Actual 2011 Approved Budget 2012 Requested Budget 2012 Approved Budget % Change 2012 Approved vs. 2011 Approved
Shelter Program
$3,284,066
$3,059,789
$3,064,273
$2,946,530
-3.7%
Safety Program
$1,588,189
$1,521,148
$1,416,646
$1,288,373
-15.3%
Total $4,872,255
$4,580,937
$4,480,919
$4,234,903
-7.6%

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