Animal Control gives quarterly report



Healthy, friendly dogs ready for adoption at the Atascosa County Animal Shelter located at 292 Spur 162, northwest of Jourdanton are being held, from left, by Technician Sheyanne Luckman and Technician Sabrina Steenbeke. LEON ZABAVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Healthy, friendly dogs ready for adoption at the Atascosa County Animal Shelter located at 292 Spur 162, northwest of Jourdanton are being held, from left, by Technician Sheyanne Luckman and Technician Sabrina Steenbeke. LEON ZABAVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

During the Regular Meeting of Commissiners’ Court on Monday, January 28, Atascosa County Animal Control Director of Operations, Chief Henry Dominguez, gave a quarterly report for the facility.

Total animals processed during the October through December was 435. There were 91 animals adopted.

Animals rescued/transferred totalled 188 and 26 animals were returned to owners.

There were 12 animals euthanized/vicious and 19 animals euthanized/ unhealthy.

Total adoptable animals by quarter amounted to 96.

The new Atascosa County Animal Control facility received numerous recommendations from citizens in Atascosa County. Among the correspondence to the facility was one from Donna McCain who gave these comments, “Beautiful facility with caring staff. In the almost three months since the facility opened, ACAC has taken in 435 dogs and cats. Some of these animals have been adopted out to loving homes. Many of them have been transferred into other shelters where they will have a better chance for the future they deserve. Although it is not a no-kill facility, the hard work of the facility staff and the partnerships with shelters has meant that only a handful of animals have had to be euthanized (these were very sick, injured or aggressive animals). As a volunteer in the facility, I have been blessed to see the “behind the scenes” care that is given to these animals. All animals are given great care and treated with kindness. The facility staff all have a genuine heart for animals that is reflected in the way they handle even the most difficult cases. They go above and beyond to match these pets to socialize with new pets before the adoption. The facility serves the animals first but the staff are also kind, considerate and respectful to all who come through their doors. We see people who are overjoyed with the excitement of an adoption, broken-hearted over having to surrender a pet or stray and frustrated over the issues of stray animals and neglected pets in their neighborhoods. All the facility staff go above and beyond to help in all these situations.”

Chief Dominguez mentioned, “There are low cost pet vaccination clinics and spay-neuter assistance programs available monthly at the shelter.” Call 830 769-2341.

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