Kunkle Wants Dallas to Become "No-Kill City"

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Mark Graham
Lieutenant Scott Walton, interim division manager at Dallas Animal Services
The myriad issues with the Dallas Animal Services have been well chronicled, especially in our January cover story on the shelter, which described the conflicting mindsets there thusly: "The old dog catcher mentality of 'catch, cage, kill,' which focuses on rounding up strays, keeping them a short time and euthanizing them quickly, and a more animal welfare-influenced philosophy that focuses on humane treatment, adoption and live release."

It's an issue former Dallas police chief-turned-mayoral candidate David Kunkle has decided to weigh in on: Several Friends of Unfair Park direct our attention to a "white paper" posted to his site, sans fanfare, in which Kunkle says he's pored over the Humane Society of the United States auditors' scathing report release last year and supports its many recommendations. And not only that, but Kunkle wants to see it become a no-kill shelter if and when it gets its act together. Says the item, it's both personal and pragmatic, far as Kunkle's concerned:
In Fiscal Year 2009-2010, it's estimated that only 10% of owned animals were registered. Because the City is not enforcing its own rules, Dallas is losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in animal permit fees. There were also tens of thousands of 3-1-1 calls related to Animal Services, which ultimately cost the taxpayers money. These situations can be improved with enforcement. The Animal Shelter Commission has outlined ways Dallas can potentially generate revenue, while also implementing a successful spay/neuter program.

"Proven steps like encouraging more adoption from the shelter, better use of web and social networking sites, partnering with the area's pet rescue and foster groups, providing free or lower-cost spay and neuter programs, and preventing more pets from ending up in shelters in the first place will go along way in accomplishing our goal of becoming a No-Kill City."
Coincidentally, on Thursday Animal Shelter Commission members will gather at the downtown library to meet-n-greet the leading contenders for the Animal Shelter Division Manager's gig.
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Rhinosaur
Rhinosaur

What, two days of posts and nobody has asked THE major question:

"Do you like this gig?"

Feline Provocateur
Feline Provocateur

Any reason why we can't ask Lt. Walton to stay on as manager? And why didn't the Shelter Commission actually MENTION the candidates by name on their announcement?

Guest
Guest

"And not only that, but Kunkle wants to see it become a no-kill shelter if and when it gets its act together."

Are you kidding me?! IF AND WHEN does not sound like a commitment. It sounds like a routine campaign statement. When will a candidate ever have the courage to actually take a firm stand on an issue. Not even a former crime fighter shows much courage with that lame, vague statement.

Montemalone
Montemalone

OK. I'll do my part, I must have that puppy. Monte (in the photo) needs a playmate.

gladnotsad
gladnotsad

I really enjoyed Andrea Grimes entries about the plight of city shelter animals. Is Andrea still at the Observer?

Montemalone
Montemalone

The people at the shelter sealed her up in a wall.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Hey Jim, you couldn't get some goofy looking picture of Kunkle and put on this post like you always do for Rawlings when you talk about him???

A VOTE FOR KUNKLE IS A VOTE FOR LAURA MILLER!!!

scottindallas
scottindallas

what about no kill policy for people?

TimCov
TimCov

There is an even larger excess population of them. Maybe the city should have a registration fee for people where they charge extra for those people who are un-spayed/un-neutered?

(For those who don't have the brains to tell, I'm just joking.)

Steve
Steve

Good idea TimCov. I'm not joking.

John_McKee
John_McKee

I have no issue with this provided that Animal Services gets it's affairs in order first, and he totally has a point about the pet registration, shhh... my dog isn't registered, I had no idea that you actually had to register them, $7 a year is a nothing amount of money, far less than the dog chew toy expenses, on the other hand it looks like it is a pain in the ass to register him and I can't find anything in the way of penalty, seems like it should be something that the vets office takes care of. In particular, the requirement for the current rabies certificate seems like a totally different issue from pet registration as rabies tags are already required, explain to me why I have jump through some hoops to register my dog instead of just going to a City of Dallas website, put my name, home address, dog name and credit card or have it automatically done by my vet? Is there even a penalty for not registering a dog, what are the chances that your average apartment dwelling, well taken care of lap dog will run into a chance his registration will be checked?

If you are asking people to do it basically out of a sense of civic duty and part of being a responsible pet owner you should at least make it super easy.

EDM
EDM

It sounds like your Vet is making it difficult for you. When my pets get their annual checkups and rabies boosters, the Vet provides rabies certificates, rabies tags, pre-printed registrations, and pre-addressed envelopes. All I do is match the rabies certificates up with the registration paperwork, write checks, and mail the envelopes. The city registration tags show up about 10 days later.

My experience has been if you fail to re-register a pet (i.e. you no longer have the animal), the city will send the registration paperwork to you. Note on the paperwork you no longer have the animal and send it back.

We actually had somebody from Animal Control come to our house about 5 years ago to count the number of animals we had (2 dogs and a cat) and to verify their registrations (all tags present and up-to-date).

Amy S
Amy S

The fee is much higher (maybe $30) if your pet is not neutered or spayed.

Russp
Russp

The process in Carrollton is get your dog's rabies vaccine up to date and then go online to print out a registration form which you then mail in or drop off in person at the shelter; it's $5. Nobody actually goes out and checks if your dog is registered but if your dog should end up in the shelter (and has its tag), they can locate the owner. I assume they do check if a dog is registered when there are complaints against the dog at a particular address.

Clancey
Clancey

I've wondered how much collecting that $7 for my 10 year old house cat actually costs the City.

At least $1 in postage .....

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Thank Buddha that Carraway will not be in charge or he would be having weekly elephant fights at the Zoo.

Besides...Kunkle's kinda hot in his uniform in a Village person sort of way.

Amy S
Amy S

Dear Mr. Kunkle - please change the billing practices so I can pay for all three dogs registration on one bill instead of one bill three times per year. Thank you.

Jo Mama
Jo Mama

I've said the same thing for ages. Many of us have multiple pets: let's write one check and be done. They should also offer a way to pay online. And probably, make everyone's 'due date' Jan 1st so it's easy to remember. Then one ad campaign per year could remind everyone. The simpler you can make a requirement, the more likely people will comply.

Maybe even add incentives to register, like giveaways from pet food stores, vet services, etc. that community members could donate in exchange for free advertising.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Its admirable that the chief wants to go this route, but attempts to reunite parties w/ their dogs and cats has to seriously improve. I like Kunkles idea, another reason im voting for him this upcoming election

TimCov
TimCov

I have a question for Mr. Kunkle. What does he propose animal services do when the shelter is full and more animals are picked up?

It is a sad fact that, due to human negligence, we have a huge surplus of cats and dogs. I agree that Dallas needs to do a better job with its enforcement of animal regulations. However, no-kill shelters work because they can turn away animals when they are full. Dallas animal services has to take in the animals it finds. Hopefully a compromise between no-kill and the kill it after x days can be reached that takes into account the limited space at the shelter.

Savesapets
Savesapets

San Antonio is working on sending animals to other cities & states to save animal's lives. Not every state and city has the same problem as we do in Texas. There's always a way to save a life.

Russp
Russp

I'm assuming that's why he mentions the shelter needing to get its act together. Once registering a pet becomes the norm with higher fees for non neutered pets, hopefully two things happen; the stray animal count goes down and the city raises the money to expand the shelter while doing a better job at placement so that the shelter doesn't end up full.

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