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April 29, 2014

Animal welfare center construction continues; strategic plan discussed

NORMAN — Phase One of the Norman Animal Welfare Center is expected to be completed by mid-July, Deputy Chief Jim Maisano told Animal Shelter Oversight Committee members Monday.

“Things are moving along,” Maisano said. “All of the outside walls of Phase One are up.”

The sheet rock process should begin some time next week, and discussions are ongoing about the transition from Phase One to Phase Two, he said.

Another new development could include an additional $20,000 to the center’s budget. Animal Welfare Supervisor John Bowman said the Norman City Council is considering adding $20,000 into their budget for a low-cost spay or neuter program.

Since the welfare center generated approximately $20,000 from city pet licenses last year, Bowman said that money would potentially be given back to the animal welfare budget.

Pet owners would have to be Norman residents and have to go through an application process to be considered for the program, Maisano said.

The individuals most likely to be eligible are those who receive federal or state assistance, he said.

Bowman and board members also discussed a strategic plan for this year.

Bowman said his goal was for the plan to show where the welfare center is, where it’s going and where they want to go.

The first part of the plan involved outlining division expectations of the law enforcement side of things and the adoption center. Some of the tasks expected by animal welfare patrol units include:

· Take action on violations observed by themselves or by private residents.

· Respond to calls for service, which could include picking up stray animals, handling nuisance wildlife, transporting wildlife, rendering care for injured animals and providing education to the public of city ordinances regarding animal welfare.

· Scan all domestic animals picked up for a microchip either live or deceased.

· Prepare all state criminal charges for submission to the district attorney’s office.

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