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[Call to Order]

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AND THEN PRESS STAR.

NOW YOU ARE NOW JOINING.

SO WE HAVE ANDREA PALMER.

I MEAN, YEAH.

PALMER SIX IS EDWARD SEVEN IS GREG EIGHT IS DOCTOR DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE HERE.

NINE IS LISA 10 IS MONICA CORRECT.

AND THE MAYOR, KATIE.

OKAY.

WE'RE SUPPOSED TO GO STRAIGHT TO SPEAKERS AND HERE'S THE PROBLEM.

WE HAVE 30 SPEAKERS, SO EVERYBODY TAKES THREE MINUTES.

WE'RE GOING TO RUN OUT OF TIME.

WE WON'T HAVE ANY QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH STAFF AND WE WON'T HAVE ANY TIME FOR ANY DISCUSSION.

WE DO HAVE THE OPTION TO VOTE AND LIMIT SPEAKERS TO ONE MINUTE.

I AM NOT IN FAVOR OF THAT.

I THINK PEOPLE SIGNED UP FOR THREE MINUTES.

IF THEY WANT TO USE THREE MINUTES, WE SHOULD ALLOW THEM TO USE THREE MINUTES.

SO SPEAKERS IS, YOU KNOW, IT'S UP TO YOU.

IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN SPEAK IN 30 SECONDS OR MINUTES, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF YOU DON'T, IF YOU FEEL LIKE MAYBE YOU DON'T NEED TO SPEAK AND THAT'S HELPFUL TOO, BUT WE'RE GOING TO RUN THROUGH ALL 30 AND THEN AT THE END, WHATEVER TIME IS LEFT, THEN WE CAN, UH, THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND ASK QUESTIONS OF STAFF AND HIS STAFF HERE ON VIDEO.

OR ARE THEY JUST ON PHONE OR IT LOOKS LIKE THERE'S ACTUALLY NO ONE CALLED IN ON THE STAFF LINE ACTUALLY.

SO I UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

OKAY.

WELL, LET'S, LET'S HOPE THAT CHANGES BECAUSE YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE THE CONDUIT BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND STAFF AND THE STAFF'S NOT HERE.

IT'S A VERY GOOD THING.

OKAY.

SO, UM, REAL QUICKLY, LIKE I SAID, YOU'RE ON MUTE UNLESS YOU'RE SPEAKING, UM, DECORUM, YOU KNOW, RESPECT OTHER SPEAKERS, RESPECT STAFF, RESPECT, UH, COMMISSION.

NO, UH NAME-CALLING AND WHATNOT.

WE NEVER HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT.

UM, SO WHAT I'M GOING TO DO TO START, WE'RE GOING TO SPEAK OKAY.

ON ITEM TWO, B CHILDREN TAKE POLICIES AND I APOLOGIZE.

I'M GOING TO BUTCHER PEOPLE'S NAMES.

SO JUST, JUST KNOW THAT AND I'LL DO THE BEST I CAN.

OUR FIRST SPEAKER IS GOING TO BE PEGGY.

OKAY.

I KICK FOLLOWED BY KATHERINE SHAMBLY.

SO GO AHEAD AND START.

OKAY.

YES.

MA'AM YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, MY NAME IS PEGGY PAT.

I HAVE BEEN A VOLUNTEER AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER FOR 13 YEARS.

I'M OPPOSED TO, AND I AM SO WORRIED ABOUT THE PROPOSALS OR FURTHER LIMIT INTAKE OF ANIMALS AT THE SHELTER.

I'LL ADDRESS THREE MAIN POINTS FOR USING ANIMALS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES ARE FULLY IN PLACE IS A RECIPE FOR HEARTBREAK AND DISASTER, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE WHEN A SCARED STRAY DOG IS HURT OR KILLED, WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE WHEN A SCARED STRAY POTENTIALLY AND VACCINATED DOG HURTS OR KILLS ANOTHER ANIMAL OR BITES A PERSON.

I THINK THE SHELTER IS CERTAINLY MORALLY RESPONSIBLE AND THE CITY IS OPENING ITSELF TO LIABILITY.

SECOND, THIS HAS AN UNFAIR BURDEN ON NEIGHBORHOODS THAT CAN LEAST AFFORD IT, ESPECIALLY DURING THE PANDEMIC.

AND ESPECIALLY WHEN PEOPLE ARE PAYING TAXES FOR THE SHELTER TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SHELTERING ANIMALS.

HOW CAN OUR SHELTER CALL ITSELF? BUT IT IS TURNING AWAY AND NOT COMPREHENSIVELY GUY ON THE INJURY ILLNESS AND LOTS OF EMPIRE.

I BELIEVE THE SHELTER NEEDS MORE RESOURCES.

I SEE GREAT VALUE AND EXPANDING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

IT'S IMPOSE A HUGE NEW RESPONSIBILITY ON INDIVIDUALS

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WITHOUT THE TRUE PUBLIC INPUT IS NO WAY TO GET REAL HUMANE CHANGE OR COMMUNITY SUPPORT.

THANKS TO THE CHANCE TO TESTIFY.

OKAY.

JEAN WHO? BRETT.

OKAY.

UM, MY NAME IS KATHERINE AND I'M I SUPPOSED TO BEGIN AT THIS POINT? OKAY.

HELLO, GO.

OKAY.

MY NAME IS KATHERINE CHAMBLEE AND I CURRENTLY AM A VOLUNTEER FOSTER AND HAVE BEEN FOR SEVERAL YEARS, AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.

I DID ABOUT 20 DOGS IN 19, AND AS IT CAME THROUGH IN DAKOTA, THERE WERE LITERALLY SO MANY PEOPLE VOLUNTEERING THE PASTOR FOR AUSTIN PETS ALIVE THAT TOOK MONTHS.

SO SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FOSTER AND TO ME, AND I WROTE DOWN NUMBERS THAT MADE, THERE WAS 560 TAKES THEM TO FOSTER, BUT IF THERE'S 270 MILLION FOR THE YEAR ACQUIRE INTO AUSTIN, SINCE KOBE, THERE WERE 1,360 DOGS INTO FOSTER HOMES SINCE 3000 FOSTER APPS.

WELL, INITIALLY WHAT I THOUGHT WAS, WOW, THIS IS AMAZING.

WE'RE DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB HERE.

YOU KNOW, I MEAN, THE NAME IS AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT HAD THIS BIG PIECE OF PROPERTY ON CITY LAND TAX EVENTS FOR MINORS OR TAX FREE.

AND, UM, BUT MY, MY ASSUMPTION CERTAINLY INCORRECT IS THAT OFTEN IN BOWLS, BARS BEING TAKEN CARE OF, BUT THAT'S WHAT I WAS PULLING FROM OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN.

IT WAS BECAUSE ALSO THE ANIMALS WELL TAKEN CARE OF, UM, AND LONG STORY SHORT, THAT DEFINITELY IS NOT THE CASE.

I'VE ALSO BEEN ON OFTEN LAWSUITS ON WHICH, BUT ANY ON THE FACEBOOK FOR ANY OF YOU WILL KNOW THAT HAVEN'T BELIEVING WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON.

AND THE JOB THAT THESE VOLUNTEERS ON AUSTIN'S HOUSE AND FOUND PACKS HAVE BEEN DOING TO INTAKE ANIMALS FROM AUSTIN.

THEY'RE THE STREETS.

YOU REALLY SHOULD READ IT BECAUSE IT'S BECOME CRAZINESS.

I'VE TAKEN TO THE SHELTER BECAUSE BASICALLY THE PERSON SIMPLY COULDN'T FIND ANYONE AT ANY SHELTER, CERTAINLY ABOUT THE ANIMAL SHELTER THAT WOULD TAKE THEM IN.

AND I THINK THAT THE IDEA OF NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY SHELTERS IS THAT WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN APARTMENTS AND DON'T HAVE THEIR OWN ANIMALS, EITHER THEIR PHONES AND WHATNOT, TAKING THEM OUTSIDE PETS, BUT THEY JUST CAN'T DO IT.

JUST NOT, IT JUST CAN'T DO THAT.

AND THEN YOU HAVE THOSE OF US LIKE MYSELF THAT HAS A 15 YEAR OLD, I CANNOT TAKE IN AN EMAIL THAT HASN'T BEEN BAD BECAUSE I KNEW THE ANIMAL WAS BETTER AND IT BROUGHT IT BACK.

AT SOME POINT, MY WOULDN'T BE AT RISK.

YOU KNOW, I COULD KEEP THEM SEPARATED.

WELL, NO, IT WAS AWESOME SPENDING, TAKING WEEKS TO EAT.

IF YOU GOT A CALL BACK, I KNOW ONE OF THE GIRLS, AT LEAST ONE NEVER EVEN GOT A RETURN RESPONSE FROM AT THE SHELTER, BUT YOU'RE KIND OF RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT ANIMAL.

BOTH FOR YOURSELF.

IF YOU WANT TO GET BUTTONED OR IF YOU'RE HAVE PROTECTION, YOU HAVE TO KEEP THEM SEPARATED.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT, WHAT THAT INVOLVES STREET THAT HASN'T TURNED IS CONTAGIOUS DISEASE.

AND I THINK FOR ME, IT SEEMS LIKE THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS REALLY PUT A BURDEN ON THE CITIZENS AND YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALL CITIZENS, BUT IT'S SOMETHING WHERE THE INUNDATION FROM OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN.

SORRY, I'M SORRY TO INTERRUPT.

I WAS LETTING HIM KNOW THAT THAT WAS THE TIME THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

YES, SIR.

THANK YOU.

THANKS CATHERINE.

NEXT JUST JEAN WHO BROOKS FELLOW BY TERRY HACKWORTH.

GOOD MORNING COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS GINA.

ANNABETH EMANATE YOUR DOG VOLUNTEER AT AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AND THE FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF CLASSIC TO SEE NEW DADS ADVOCACY.

I'M SPEAKING TO THE CHANGE CONTROL MECHANISMS USED BY THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER INTAKE SERVICING AFFECTING THE SCOPE OF THE ANIMAL ADVISORY BOARD AS DEFINED BY SECTION TWO DASH ONE DASH ONE OH TWO OF THE CITY CODE IN 2019 AND 2020 NUMEROUS CHANGES WERE MADE THAT IF NOT PASSED

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THROUGH THE ADVISORY BOARD, INCLUDING CONSIDERATION FOR SERVICES BEING CALLED CERTIFIED AS NON ESSENTIAL DURING NORMAL OPERATIONS EFFECTING HOLIDAY CLOSURES WITH INTAKE OPERATIONS CONSIDERATION FOR HOW ESSENTIAL AND NON ESSENTIAL SERVICES WERE DETERMINED DURING EMERGENCY OPERATIONS OF THE MAYORS EMERGENCY STAY AT HOME, STAY SAFE, ORDER TO ZERO TWO, ZERO THREE TO FOUR PASSENGERS OR A SEVEN SECTION SIX D CHANGES DURING HIGH INTAKE AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS THAT PUT THE RAID OR SUSPENDED STRAIGHT INTAKE, AN OWNER SURRENDER INTAKE SERVICE AND CHANGES TO THE SERVICING OF THREE, ONE, ONE TICKETS CLOSING TICKETS WITHOUT SATISFYING THIS GRADED PURPOSE AND REFERRING THEM TO NEW ONLY VIEWED SERVICE PROCESSES, SUCH AS INTERNAL APPOINTMENT SYSTEMS THAT HAVE NO PUBLIC DISABILITY AS A VOLUNTEER AND AN ANIMAL ADVOCATE.

I RELY ON THE ADVISORY BOARD TO EXERCISE ITS SCOPE AS DEFINED BY THE CITY CODE, WHICH ALSO PERMITS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC INPUT.

I AM REQUESTING CONSIDERATION EACH MONTH.

AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER SERVICE REPORT SHOULD INCLUDE A SECTION OF ANY SPECIAL SERVICING CHANGES THAT WERE UNDERWAY THAT MONTH.

I'M ALSO REQUESTING AN AGENDA ITEM, BE ADDED TO REGULAR MEETINGS TO CHECK POINT INTAKE, SERVICING CHANGES THAT ARE STILL UNDERWAY AND TO SERVE AS A PLACE HOLDER FOR ANY PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGES I'M REVIEWED BY THE BOARD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I WILL POINT OUT THAT, UH, DON BLAND HAS JOINED THE CALL.

THANK YOU, DAWN.

WE HAVE NOW HAVE TERRY HACKWORTH FOLLOWED BY A LOT OF SMUGGLER.

I AM THE MANAGING PARTNER AT VETERINARY SURGICAL SOLUTIONS.

I YEARS AGO, EMERGENCY.

AND NOW OUR SURGERY CENTER, WHICH OPENED SIX YEARS AGO WHEN I WORKED WITH ANIMAL TO WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH DR.

SIDNEY, HER TEAM AT THE SHELTER.

AND AT THE TIME OVER 125 RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS, DOCTORS CULTIVATING RELATIONSHIPS WITH CLINICS, NEW PARTNERS, WHO SHE HAS HERE AT THE SHELTER.

AND I SPENT OVER A WEEK, I SPENT A WEEK 75 PEOPLE DEDICATED TO ANIMAL WELFARE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THIS WAS DOCTORS AND PRIVATE PRACTICE, EMERGENCY MEDICINE, THEIR SENIOR STAFF RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS AND STAFFING THAT TRAVIS BASHED UP AND WILLIAMSON COUNTY SHELTERS WHO HAPPENED TO BE FRIENDS AT THE SHELTER, HAD A POLICY IN PLACE IN JUGGLING COVET.

WHAT WAS ACTUALLY HAPPENING WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY.

MY MOVEMENT, WE WOULD HAVE A VACATION THE NEXT WEEK.

WHAT WE DID INSTEAD WAS SPEND THE WEEK, THE WAY WE DID BUSINESS, WE'VE INVESTED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN TECHNOLOGY TO ALLOW FOR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DOCUMENTS AND TELEMEDICINE.

AND THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS IS GREATER.

IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE.

HOWEVER, OUR TEAM HASN'T MISSED A SINGLE DAY BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE SIGNED UP FOR.

WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ALL SERVICES TO OUR CLIENTS AND THEIR PETS.

WE'VE ALSO PROVIDED THEM WITH A $15,000.

INCREASE TO CLIENTS, HAVE LOST JOBS AND INCOME AS A RESULT OF PANDEMIC AGAIN, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE DO.

WE NEVER STOPPED WORKING WITH OUR LESBIAN PARTNERS WHO HAVE NOT STOPPED TAKING INJURED ANIMALS THAT MAY DELANEY HAS MONEY TO HELP THEM, THAT THEIR DONATIONS ARE DOWN GREAT LIKE THAT.

AGAIN, CONTINUING TO DO WHAT THEY DO AND THEY JUST KEEP GETTING UP EVERY DAY TO KEEP THE COMMITMENT TO ANIMALS.

THEY SEE THE SHELTER AS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE AND ARE EXTREMELY FRUSTRATED AS TO CONTINUE THE EXCUSES GIVEN TO NOT SO, AND IT'S PETS FOR MONTHS THAT TOOK US A COUPLE OF DAYS PRIOR TO THE SHUTDOWN AND WE'RE GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO TAKE.

NOW THEY CAN REALLY TAKE INJURED ANIMALS.

THAT'S NOT PROVIDING SURGICAL SERVICES.

WHAT HAPPENING TO ANIMALS ARE THEY JUST IN KENNELS? WHO'S TAKING CARE OF THEM MANY YEARS AGO TO BE MADE BY ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF, NOT VETERINARIAN IN A PRIVATE PRACTICE.

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THAT'S A VIOLATION OF TEXAS LAW AND THEY GET AWAY WITH IT BECAUSE SHELTER IT'S WAY PAST TIME FOR THE MAYOR, THE CITY MANAGER, HE STARTED ASKING QUESTIONS TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE SHOP IS BEING RUN.

WHO'S RUNNING IT.

THAT SHOWS THE ELEMENT OF TAXES AND US TAXPAYERS WHO PAY FOR ITS EXISTENCE.

I GIVE HIM IN PRIVATE AND URBAN INVITATION TO SPEAK WITH A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO SPENT DECADES, DECADES IN THIS CITY DEVOTED TO HIM.

THEY WANT TO HELP YOU DESPERATELY, BUT THEY DON'T HIRE.

THEY DO FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, TERRY.

NEXT UP IS MEGHILLA FOLLOWED BY JOANNE MILLENNIA.

SORRY.

YEAH.

DO WE HAVE LOTTA ABOUT JOANNE? SORRY.

THIS IS A LOT OF WHO I AM.

SORRY.

HELLO? OKAY.

HELLO.

MY NAME IS ROGER SMITH AND I AM A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT ONE.

I'M SPEAKING TO YOU TODAY TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION, TO CHANGE IT.

OPEN INTAKE POLICY AT AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AND THE PILOTS HUMANE ANIMAL SUPPORT SERVICES TASK PROGRAM DEVELOPED BY AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.

THAT INCLUDES IN ITS PURPOSE.

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT PRESENT THE OLD MODEL FROM BEING ABLE TO BE RE-INSTITUTED POST COVID-19 BARCLAY AMA SAME TO THAT OLD MODEL MENTIONED IN THE HALF.

PILOT IS OPEN INTAKE WHILE THE CURRENT DIRECTOR HAS NOW STATED THAT THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE TO THE OLD MODEL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS.

AND THAT IS HE IS NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE HALF PIRATE.

THAT IS NOT THE DATE.

THE DOCUMENTS OF SERVICE INDICATING THAT LIMITED INTAKE IS WHAT THE LEADERSHIP TEAM OF AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN.

THE LEADERSHIP TEAM IS CITED SURVEYS AND DATA COLLECTED TO SUPPORT THIS LINDA'S BOTTOM, BUT THEY ARE COMPARING APPLES TO ORANGES WITH THE DATA STATED THAT THERE WASN'T 50% RETURN RATE WHEN AN ANIMAL WAS KEPT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE IT WAS FOUND AS OPPOSED TO AN 18% OF THE CLAIM, RIGHT? IF THAT ANIMAL WAS BROUGHT TO THE SHELTER, IF 50% RETURN RATE SEEMS TO BE FROM A SURVEY CONDUCTED PRE COVID-19 WITH AROUND 200 RESPONDENTS.

NOW THAT 2% COMES FROM ACTUAL INTAKE AND RETURN NUMBERS FROM 29 ARE NOT TO EACH OTHER.

ONE IS SURVEY DATA, AND ONE IS RAW NUMERICAL DATA, APPLES AND ORANGES WITHOUT IDENTIFYING DETAILS ON HOW THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED.

IT IS MISLEADING TO COMPARE THOSE TWO DATA SETS.

WHAT WAS THE TIME PERIOD? THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED WITH A SURVEY CONDUCTED IN PERSON ONLINE OVER THE PHONE, WAS IT CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH SPANISH.

SO THERE WASN'T REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION THAT UTILIZES AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER INTAKE.

THEN THE COMPARISON IS INVALID SKEWED.

THAT'S THIS MOVING THE PUBLIC WITH THESE DATA SETS.

THERE ARE CHANGES THAT COULD BE MADE AT AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER, BUT IN COKE BY TURNING THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY INTO, AS A SHELTER AS RECOMMENDED IN THE HALF PILOT AND SHELTERING ONLY SICK, INJURED, AGGRESSIVE, ABANDONED, OR ON THE EMERGENCY ANIMALS AS RECOMMENDED IN THE COMMUNITY BASED ATTENTION INITIATIVE, I'LL ASK THE ANIMAL CENTER.

I'M NOT CHANGING.

I SUPPORT BEFORE ANY CHANGES TO POLICY MARRIED.

I BELIEVE THE RESIDENTS OF AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY SHOULD BE GIVEN AMPLE TIME TO WEIGH IN WITH THEIR PAYMENTS.

AND THOSE OPINIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION BY BOTH THE AUSTIN AREA LEADERSHIP AND THIS COMMISSION WITH THE FORMATION OF A BROKER TO DETERMINE THE BEST WAY FORWARD AS TAX PAYING CITIZENS.

WE DESERVE TRANSPARENCY FROM OUR LOCAL ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS.

AND I HOPE WE WILL GET THERE.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY OPINION.

THANK YOU, LADA, JOANNE.

YOU'RE UP.

AND I APOLOGIZE FOR SWITCHING YOUR NAME.

WE FOLLOWED BY STEPHANIE TEMPERATURE.

NO WORRIES.

THANKS SO MUCH.

UM, I AM DEFINITELY AGAINST HAVING CLOSED INTAKE.

UM, AND THANK YOU.

I'M GOING TO GO BACKWARDS HERE.

THANKS FOR LETTING ME SPEAK.

UM, I THINK THE SOLUTION IS TO KEEP THE SHELTER FINDING AND MAINTAINING A GREAT WILLING FOSTER POOL.

THEY'VE STARTED TO DO THAT AND IT NEEDS TO CONTINUE, UM, AND PUT AS MANY STAFF MEMBERS INTO THAT AS POSSIBLE.

UM, MY ISSUE WITH HALF THE HALF THE PROGRAM THAT'S BEING TALKED ABOUT, UM, IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE TRANSPARENT AND I FEEL LIKE THERE'S A LOT

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OF ROOM FOR GRAY AREA.

IS THERE A MONETARY GAIN HERE? LIKE WILL STAFF MEMBERS BE TREATED POORLY FOR TURNING AWAY ANIMALS, WILL MANAGEMENT HAVE LESS RESPONSIBILITY? I THINK THESE ARE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE SPOKEN ABOUT, NEED TO BE TRANSPARENT.

UM, I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND THE PUSH FOR TURNING AWAY ANIMALS.

I FEEL LIKE THERE'S SOMETHING THAT'S NOT BEING SPOKEN ABOUT AND IT'S JUST, WE ALL HAVE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE ANIMALS AND FOR THE HUMANS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, ON ANOTHER NOTE WHILE THEY NOTE, BUT WE ALSO STRUGGLE HAVING MANAGEMENT WHO CAN SUPPORT STAFF AND KEEP MORALE UP.

WE NEED TO FOCUS ON HAVING A HEALTHY SHELTER, A GREAT FOSTER POOL, A GOOD RAPPORT WITH THE COMMUNITY.

SO THEY WILL ACTUALLY COME IN AND ADOPT OUR PETS, UM, WHICH WILL HELP US IMMENSELY.

WE CAN'T SHIFT RESPONSIBILITY TO THE TAX PAYING THE COMMUNITY HAS ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT, AND THIS IS NOT APPROPRIATE TO ASK OF THEM AT THIS TIME, IN MY OPINION.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR LETTING ME SPEAK.

THANK YOU.

NEXT UP IS STEPHANIE.

TIMKO FOLLOWED BY KAYLA MARIE.

GOOD MORNING.

THIS IS STEPHANIE.

I'M ACTUALLY CALLING FROM DALLAS, TEXAS.

I'M IN KAYSERI COMMISSION AND FOUNDER OF JUST SAVED THE DOG.

I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK WITH YOU TODAY.

AND I WANT TO PREFACE MY REMARKS BY STATING THAT WHAT I SAY REPRESENTS MY OWN OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCE AND NOT THAT OF THE DALLAS PFIZER COMMISSION.

AND I'M GOING TO KEEP MY REMARKS REALLY CONCISE AND STRICTLY BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS ON THE FRONTLINES OF DALLAS'S LOOSEN STRAY DOG CRISIS, I'M GOING TO REFRAIN FROM GETTING ANY ADVICE, RATHER, I HOPE TO GIVE YOU FACTS ABOUT THE LONGTERM CONSEQUENCES OF FAILING TO INTAKE.

SO TO UNDERSTAND THE DALLAS 9,000 LEASE AND STRAY DOGS FACES WITH ANDY ON A 15% INCREASE IN DOG BASE, YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE HISTORY.

DALLAS HAS STRUGGLED WITH LOOSENED DOG.

WE CAN STRAIGHT OFF CALL HIM SINCE THE 18 HUNDREDS AND THE METHOD FOR DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN TO ALTERNATELY, IGNORE THE PROBLEM OR ROUNDUP DOGS AND EUTHANIZE THEM ON THAT MOST RECENT CRISIS THAT WHICH BEGAN BEING DOCUMENTED IN 2016 OCCURRED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY IN THE SOUTHERN SECTOR OF THE CITY AND MINORITY NEIGHBORHOODS AND CAME ABOUT THROUGH A COMBINATION OF FACTORS, ONE OF LONG ESTABLISHED CITY PRACTICE OF NOT PICKING UP A NO TRAPPING TEAMS TO A LACK OF ENFORCEMENT OF ORDINANCE THREE, FRANKLY, A HISTORY OF DISCRIMINATORY UNDER SERVICE IN MINORITY NEIGHBORHOODS.

ISN'T THAT CITIZENS IN SOUTHERN DALLAS WOULDN'T CALL FOR STRAIGHT OFF ASSISTANCE AND SPIT THE CITY SYSTEMIC ALL SERVICES AND MINORITY NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND SO CITIZENS SINCE THEY STOPPED CALLING AND THEREFORE DATA WAS NEVER COLLECTED ABOUT THE PROBLEM IN 2014, GENTRIFICATION SWEPT INTO PREVIOUS IN MY MORNING HABIT AREAS OF FEMININE DALLAS AND A FULL SCALE PUSHED BY THE NEW RESIDENTS WE CAN, DESPITE BEING PRESENTED WITH DATA, VIDEO STORIES.

IF WE STARS NUMBERS ON DOG BITES, A POLICE ON THE UNITED STATES, POSTAL SERVICE ABANDONED DOG, DEAD DOG COUNSEL CONTINUED TO IGNORE THE PROBLEMS UNTIL MAY, 2016 PACK OF DOGS, STRAY DOGS THAT WERE NOT PICKED UP CREATED PACKS THAT ROOM NEIGHBORHOODS AND CREATED A PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARD FROM DOG BITES.

IN ADDITION TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARDS DOES NOT PICKED UP FROM MORE LIKELY TO BE HIT BY CARS OR INJURED AND NEVER TREATED STRAY DOGS WITHOUT VACCINATIONS FELL PREY TO DISEASE CAUSES SLOW AGONIZING DEATH ON ALTERED STRAY DOGS AND EXACERBATED THE LUCID STRAY DOG PROBLEM BY REPRODUCING AT ALARMING LABOR COULD NOT TAKE HIM EVERY SAY DOG REPORTED WATCHING HIM BECOME WEAKER, MORE INJURED, AND EVENTUALLY DYING WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO HELP, WHICH LED TO A VERY CALLOUS ATTITUDE TOWARD ANIMALS.

IN GENERAL, THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS ATTITUDES CREATED FURTHER PROBLEMS WHEN WE BECAME TRYING TO HELP THEM.

THESE NEIGHBORHOODS PROVIDE ADEQUATE CARE FOR THEIR ANIMALS, OR EVEN WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF NEIGHBORHOODS WITH, WITH STRAY DOGS, UM, THAT A STUDY OF AN AREA OF ONE HALF MILE BY ONE HALF MILE IN KAYLA MARIE.

GOOD MORNING.

YOU'RE UP FOLLOW UP, FOLLOWED BY HIT.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS KAYLA MARIE AND I AM SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE ORANGE.FOOD.

THE VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK WITH THE MOST CHALLENGING DOGS AT THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER, WE UNDERSTAND, AND WE APPRECIATE THAT MANAGING THE COVID PANDEMIC IS ENTIRELY NEW TERRITORY FOR EVERYONE, BUT IN A TIME OF CRISIS, THAT IS WHEN YOU OVER COMMUNICATE TO YOUR STAKEHOLDERS, THOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE QHC, WHICH YOU ARE ATTACHING TO SUPPORT AND USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND TO GROW.

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THIS IS A TIME WHEN A REAL LEADER IS NEEDED.

I SEE LED BY DON BLAND HAS COMPLETELY MISSED THE MARK ON MULTIPLE LEVELS AND IS THE ANIMALS WHO SUFFER INTAKE IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY ISSUES CURRENTLY PLAGUING MS. ALTER THE ORANGE.GROUP POSTED ABOUT DOM BRAND NEW SHELTER MODELS FOR AAP THAT INVOLVES CONTINUING THE EXTREMELY LIMITED INTAKE PUT IN PLACE FOR THE PANDEMIC AS A LONGTERM MEANS OF OPERATION.

WHEN PRESS ON THIS LAND SAY THAT THIS WAS NOTHING MORE THAN THINKING OUT LOUD ON PAPER.

AND IT'S LIKE HE NEVER WENT PAST HIS DEPUTY DIRECTOR.

WHEN IN FACT HE SENT YOU THE INWARD BY THIS MISSION PROMOTING THIS VERY IDEA.

AND THAT'S WHERE A VIDEO OF A STAFF MEMBER SHOWING A REFUSAL TO TAKE IN A STRAY DOG, MADE THE SOCIAL MEDIA AROUND.

BRIAN TOLD THE PUBLIC THAT THIS WAS A ONE OFFICE STATE BY SINGLE EMPLOYEES.

HOWEVER, SEVERAL OTHER EMPLOYEES BOTH PAST AND PRESENT AND CLEAN THE EMPLOYEE IN THE VIDEO HAS STATED PUBLICLY THAT THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE.

WHAT YOU WILL LIKELY HEAR DON BLAM SAY THIS MORNING IS THAT ITS CODE RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED.

INTAKE WILL RETURN AS IT WAS PRE CODED.

WE HOPE THAT IS INDEED.

THE CASE I THINK IS UNREALISTIC AND WRONG.

THE THINGS THAT THE COMMUNITY CAN.

AND SHOULD I TAKE ON THIS RESPONSIBILITY? WE'LL PROBABLY ALSO HEAR HIM TALK STATISTICS THAT ARE COMPLETELY SKEWED AND DID THEY FALSE SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT, BUT WHAT CONTINUES TO NOT BE ADDRESSED OR THE URGENT NEEDS OF THE SHELTER FROM INTAKE AND BEYOND? HOW WILL WE HELP EDUCATE AND WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY TO REDUCE INTAKE AND ENCOURAGE RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP? HOW WILL WE REACH ALL THE COMMUNITIES WITHIN AUSTIN? HOW WILL HE ENGAGE AND BUILD AND GROW THE FOSTER NETWORK? HOW WILL WE ENSURE THE ANIMALS IN THE SHELTER WILL BE PROPERLY CARED FOR? THERE'S BEEN LOTS OF TALK AND CONFUSION ABOUT THE COST PROGRAM LED BY AMERICAN PETS ALIVE AT APA.

THERE ARE MANY COMPONENTS ABOUT HEARTS THAT WE FEEL COULD BE VERY BENEFICIAL FOR AAC AND SPECIFICALLY FOR HELPING TO REDUCE INTAKE.

THESE PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE TREMENDOUS FUNDING, SUPPORT AND MANAGEMENT, DESPITE BEING INVITED, AAC DECLINED.

SHE WOULD JUST PLAY IN HOT WITH DON BLAND STATING IN ESSENCE, AAC IS ALREADY IMPLEMENTING MANY ASPECTS OF HOS AND IT'S TIMING IS JUST NOT RIGHT FOR AAC.

HE WAS IMPLEMENTING WITH ADAM'S WITH ANY SUCCESS.

WHEN I HAD THE SHELTER FROM QUANTITY OVERCROWDED SINCE 2017, CURRENT LEADERSHIP HAS NOW HAD MONTHS TO COMMUNICATE PLAN INNOVATE AND START A NEW PATH FORWARD.

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A PRODUCTIVE FEW MONTHS HAVE BEEN NOTHING BUT A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE WITH ERRORS.

AND THEN DON BLAND TRYING TO COVER UP HIS INCOMPETENCE AND FAILURES BY SLIGHT OUTLINES FOR ALL STAKEHOLDERS.

THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM THAT IS GOING TO GO AWAY.

AND GLENN HAS CLEARLY LOST THE CONFIDENCE OF ITS STAFF AND THE REST COMMUNITY THAT SURROUND AND SUPPORT AAC.

HE CANNOT RUN EFFECTIVELY WITHOUT THE SIGNIFICANT ASSISTANCE AND THE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE THOUSANDS OF FREE HOURS, THOUSANDS OF HOURS OF FREE WORK AND COUNTLESS DOLLARS.

AND THEY ARE TURNING AWAY IN DROVES BECAUSE DON BLAND IS ALLOWING THE CITY SHELTER TO CRUMBLE FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

AND THEN JUNE 22ND, THE THIRD, THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL, BUT AAC WILL CONTINUE TO ASSIST ANIMALS WHO NEEDED CARE AND INSURANCE FROM DON BLAND.

AFTER WE'VE SEEN HIS COMPLETE LACK OF LEADERSHIP, HIS NEW LIST, WE'RE ASKING THAT YOU, THE ANIMALS LIKE THIS MISSION, TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AND SAY AC LEADERSHIP TEAM AND ITS ABILITY TO ME, BUT WE'VE OFFERED TO HELP BEFORE.

AND WE ARE OFFERING AGAIN.

THANK YOU, HEATHER NEWBIE, EUROPE FOLLOWED BY CECILIA RIAA.

YES.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS HEATHER NEWBIE.

I'M A VOLUNTEER AND FOSTER FOR AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER, AUSTIN PETS ALIVE AND SEVERAL SMALL DOG RESCUES.

I AM STRONGLY AGAINST LIMITED INTAKE FOR AN URBAN POPULATION OF 2 MILLION.

AS YOU KNOW, HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE TITLE 10 CHAPTER EIGHT, 23, ANIMAL SHELTERS DEFINES ANIMAL SHELTER AS A FACILITY THAT KEEPS OR LEGALLY IN POUNDS, STRAY, HOMELESS OR UNWANTED ANIMALS.

IT DOESN'T SAY SOME OF THE ANIMALS AND IT DOESN'T CAP THE NUMBER OF INTAKES.

SO THE SHELTER CAN IMPROVE ITS PRE COVID-19 OPERATIONS, BUT RATHER THAN ASK THE COMMUNITY FOR INPUT, THEY HAVE INSTRUCTED US TO BEAR THE BURDEN.

IT AC HAS SHOWN ABSOLUTE DISREGARD FOR EXISTING CITY AND COUNTY POLICIES THAT DEFINE AND DETERMINE THE VITAL IT IS DESERVED TO SERVE.

IT IS DESIGNED TO SERVE.

TRAVIS COUNTY IS 2019 COMMUNITY IMPACT REPORT STATES.

AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER ACCEPTS EVERY TRAVIS COUNTY LOST ANIMAL DELIVERED BY ANIMAL CONTROL, BROUGHT IN AND DROPPED OFF BY RESIDENTS.

CURRENT DAILY OPERATIONS POLICY STATES WHEN NO CHIP IS PRESENT AND APO IMPOUNDS AND TRANSPORTS THE ANIMAL TO AAC FOR PROCESSING PROCEDURE DOES NOT CALL FOR PLACING EMOTIONAL AND FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY BACK ON THE FINDER OR FOR LEADING THE ANIMAL ON THE STREET.

IF HE TOOK IT UPON ITSELF TO CHANGES WITHOUT CONSIDERING CITY LIABILITY IN CITY CODE, TITLE THREE, AND THE REGULATIONS, THE WORD OWNER IS REFERENCED 95 TIMES YET AS OF TWO WEEKS AGO, DON GLAND STATED THE CITY OF AUSTIN LEGAL DEPARTMENT IS SOMETHING THAT THE DEFINITION OF OWNERSHIP IN JULY, 2019, MARK FLOAT TOLD CBS NEWS THAT

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DOGGONE DOG ATTACKS HAPPENED ALMOST DAILY AND OFTEN IT DOES.

THE REASONING TELLS US MORE DOGS LEFT TO ROME WILL RESULT IN MORE ATTACKS WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR STRAY ANIMAL SAFETY.

MARK ALSO SPOKE AT YOUR JANUARY 13TH, 2020 MEETING AND SAID, WE LEAD THE NATION AND LADIES RIGHT HERE IN AUSTIN.

THEN ON JUNE 27TH, 2020 AMERICAN PENALIZE SAID THAT PARDOT IS ON THE RISE IN AUSTIN WITH THREE TO 10 NEW CASES DAILY.

WHAT IS CURRENTLY BEING DONE HERE FROM A DISEASE CONTROL STANDPOINT? I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT UNTIL THERE IS A SAFER, MORE FUNCTIONAL LAW ABIDING SOLUTION, THE SHELTER SHOULD MAINTAIN ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE INTERIM.

I SUGGEST USING THEM THE AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE VIA APA TO GET THE COMMUNITY AND BREAK APA CAN STOP INTAKE OF ANIMALS OUTSIDE TRAVIS COUNTY UNTIL OUR COMPLIANCE SOLUTION FOR OUR OWN CITY SHELTER HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED OFTEN VALUES.

IT'S NO KILL STATUS, BUT IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE INTACCT STRAYS OVERPOPULATE CREATING A MUCH LARGER PROBLEM THAN WE HAVE NOW.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S 10 SPEAKERS DOWN.

WE NEED TO GO.

JUST SO YOU KNOW, I'M A WASTE TO NOT HAVE ANY TIME LEFT.

SO PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND.

CECILIA RYAN, YOU'RE UP FOLLOWED BY CHELSEA FOR YA.

HI, MY NAME IS CELIA RYAN.

I'M JUST CALLING IN BECAUSE I OPPOSED THIS IDEA OF LIMITING INTAKE.

I LIVE IN THE CITY ATJ AND I AM CONSTANTLY HAVING TO TRY TO HELP ANIMALS.

UM, I LIVE RIGHT ON FARM ROAD NINE 69, WHICH IS THE NEW FEEDER ROAD HERE INTO AUSTIN, WHERE THEY BOMBARDED US WITH THOUSANDS OF HOMES BEING BUILT OUT HERE.

SO IT'S BECOME MY JOB TO RESCUE THESE ANIMALS.

DAILY PEOPLE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN ARE BRINGING THEIR ANIMALS OUT HERE AND DUMPING THEM ONTO THE HIGHWAYS AND ONTO THEIR PEOPLE'S YARDS OUT HERE, BECAUSE WE LOOK LIKE WE'RE IN A WOODED AREAS.

I'VE PERSONALLY TAKEN IN OVER 12 ANIMALS IN LESS THAN A YEAR.

I'M RUNNING A MAKESHIFT SHELTER IN MY OWN HOME.

AND I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO DO THAT.

THE NEIGHBORS OUT HERE POST THE ANIMALS THAT THEY FIND ALMOST 24 SEVEN ON NEXT DOOR WEBSITES AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

BUT, BUT THE MINUTE THAT THEY POST THEM, THEY IMMEDIATELY SAY, I CAN'T KEEP THIS ANIMAL.

YOU KNOW, IF THEY DON'T TAKE IT IN, IF SOMEBODY DOESN'T CLAIM IT, I HAVE TO TAKE IT TO A SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

THIS DOES US.

NO GOOD.

I, EVERY TIME I COME OUT OF MY DRIVEWAY, WHICH CARS ARE GONE 60 MILES AN HOUR NOW BECAUSE THE STEADY HAS BOMBARDED US IN GENTRIFIED AUSTIN, I HAVE TO SCOOP UP DEAD CATS, DOGS, AND ESPECIALLY THE WILDLIFE OUT HERE THAT IS BEING OBLITERATED BY THIS UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH THAT HAS, HAS NO CONTROLS WHATSOEVER AND NO NOTHING IN PLACE FOR ANY ANIMAL HUMAN OR ANY WILD ANIMAL PERIOD.

UM, I'VE REACHED OUT TO MAYOR ADLER WHEN THE SHELTER APA FLOODED, YOU KNOW, DURING THE, UH, THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.

AND HE DIDN'T EVEN ANSWER ME ON TWITTER.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WHEN WE'RE TAKING IN ALL THESE BILLIONAIRES, LIKE OFFERING TESLA AND COMPANIES, ALL THESE HIGH TECH COMPANIES, I JUST GOT OFF OF A TWO WEEK FIGHT WITH THE OVERNIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT THAT WE'RE OFFERING $68 MILLION FOR BILLIONAIRE ELON MUSK TO COME AND BUILD A FACTORY OUT HERE ON MY SIDE OF TOWN.

UM, WHY ARE WE GIVING OUR TAX MONEY TO BILLIONAIRES OUR TAX MONEY THAT WE'VE PLACED INTO THIS? AND THEN THERE'S NO CONSIDERATION FOR THESE ANIMALS OUT HERE OR THE WILDLIFE THREE, ONE, ONE DOES NOT WORK.

I HAD TO RESCUE A DOG OR TRIED TO RESCUE A DOG 10 TIMES ONE IN ONE DAY WITH SHERIFFS COMING OUT, THEY COULDN'T CATCH THE DOG.

IT WAS RUNNING RIGHT ON THE HIGHWAY, ALL OVER THE HIGHWAY, DAZED AND CONFUSED.

IT HAD JUST BEEN DUMPED.

I NEVER CAUGHT THE DOG.

I CALLED THREE, ONE, ONE.

THEY ENTERED MY CASE AND THERE WAS NEVER A RESPONSE, NEVER A FOLLOWUP, NOTHING HAPPENED.

THIS IS WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT ON THE BORDERS OF AUSTIN.

I HAD BEEN AN AUSTIN RESIDENT FOR OVER 60 YEARS, THIS TOWN AND THE POLICIES AND THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING HERE ARE AN ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE AND AN INJUSTICE TO NOT ONLY THE ANIMALS, BUT ANIMAL LOVERS OUT HERE WHO ARE HAVING TO DO THE JOB BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE OUR CITY COUNCIL AND ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE BRINGING THIS GROSS, DON'T EVER CONSIDER ANYTHING BUT MONEY AROUND HERE.

AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY I'M FED UP.

I'M FED UP AND SOMEBODY NEEDS TO START STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE AROUND HERE.

THIS ISN'T GOOD.

IT'S JUST NOT WORKING ANYMORE.

AND THAT INCLUDES MAYOR ADLER.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

CHELSEA EUROPE FOLLOWED BY SANDY WIRES.

OKAY.

ALSO THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THEM FOR VOLUNTEERS AND

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THEN THE EQUIPMENT LAMB'S RESPONSE TO OUR CONCERNS ABOUT POLICY CHANGES TO PARAPHRASE.

WELL, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO DO IT, BUT DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.

YEP.

CAN'T GO BACK IN.

THE TUBE IS BEING CONSIDERED AND THAT THIS IS HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF CHANNELS OR OPPORTUNITY FOR INPUT AND DISCUSSION, FOR LACK OF A GOOD EFFORT TO INCLUDE ANYONE FROM THE FAST REAL BOUNCER GROUP IS BEYOND CONCERNING, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE TIME OF CRISIS AND UNCERTAINTY WE'RE ENDED WITH TEAM, BUT A LOT OF MANY WHO ARE ON THE PAYROLL IN THEIR TIME AND HEARTS FOR ANIMALS TO BE SHUT OUT THE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT IT'S JUST THE APARTMENT.

IT'S CLEAR THAT THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP HAS TO DO THE WORK OF BOSTON.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, SANDY.

YOU'RE UP FOLLOWED BY MARY ELLEN MILLER.

SANDY WATERS FROM THE MINERS.

DOES SIX.

IF YOU MIGHT BE MUTED, ANDY WIRES, ARE YOU THERE? MARY ELLEN MILLER? ARE YOU THERE? YEAH.

UH, MY NAME IS .

I'M AN ANIMAL ADVOCATE.

UM, IT'S REALLY HEARTBREAKING TO HEAR SOME OF THESE STIRS THAT JUST HEARD HIM ON THE LINE.

UM, BUT I'M JUST CALLING TO URGE THE SHELTER TO POLLUTE, NOT CHANGE THE INTAKE POLICY.

OKAY.

UM, I HAVE A TEST THAT WAS RECOVERED BY THE DANIMAL CENTER AND I'M SURE HE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY BECAUSE HE HAVE BEEN IGNORED AND LEFT ON THE STREETS OF BOSTON.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, CAROL.

JILL BAILEY.

HI, THIS IS CAROL.

I WOULD ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE AUSTIN ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION TO PICTURE YOUR DOG WHO INADVERTENTLY WAS LOST, WOULD YOU WANT TO HEAR AN AAC EMPLOYEE TELLING RESIDENTS WHO SEE YOUR LAST DOG JUST TO WALK AWAY AND LEAVE IT WHERE THEY FOUND IT, ANIMALS PAY THE PRICE WHEN SUCH CLOSED DOOR OR EVEN RESTRICTED ADMISSION POLICIES ARE PUT IN PLACE.

ANIMALS CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES OR CANNOT MAKE CHOICES TO WHERE THEY END UP.

OUR PETS DEPEND ON US TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.

HUMANELY.

WE CANNOT TURN OUR BACKS ON THEM.

THINK ABOUT THIS IN 2011, WHEN THE NEW AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER OPEN, THE POPULATION OF BOSTON WAS 828,006 94.

IN 2020.

AUSTIN HAS GROWN TO 2,053,000 PEOPLE IN MARCH, 2020.

AUSTIN WAS RANKED THE FOURTH, FOURTH, HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF HOUSEHOLDS WITH PESTS WITHIN MAJOR US METRO AREAS AT 56, 17% BASED ON AUSTIN'S CURRENT POPULATION THAT EQUATES TO 1 MILLION, 150, 3,170 PETS LIVING IN HOMES WITH THIS ENORMOUS INCREASE IN CURRENT AAC IS INADEQUATE BOWS IN SPACE AND STAFF TO ACCOMMODATE AUSTIN LOS HOMELESS ANIMALS.

INSTEAD OF CUTTING BACK SERVICES, AC SHOULD BE EXPANDED TO MEET CURRENT NEEDS.

PLEASE MAKE DECISIONS EXTRA AND UNWANTED PETS AS YOU WOULD WANT YOUR OWN PET TO BE TREATED, REALIZE THAT THE POLICY THAT MR BLAND WANTS TO IMPLEMENT OR IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNCOMPASSIONATE IGNORING THE PROBLEM WILL NOT MAKE IT GO AWAY.

OUR TAX MONEY HAS TO BE USED FOR ALL THE GOOD OF ALL.

AUSTINITES INCLUDING LAWSON, STRAY LOST OR HOMELESS DOGS AND CATS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

JILL BAILEY.

BEVERLY LUNA.

YES, THIS IS JILL BAILEY.

I LIVE IN DISTRICT FOUR.

UM, AND AGAIN, THANKS FOR LETTING ME SPEAK TODAY.

I REALLY WOULD JUST LIKE TO, UH, I'M AN ANIMAL ADVOCATE I'D LIKE TO REINFORCE, UM, ALL OF THE, UH, REALLY IMPORTANT POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BY, UM, BY EVERY SPEAKER WHO'S WHO HAS GONE BEFORE ME.

UM, I I'M OBVIOUSLY OPPOSED TO ANY CHANGE IN, UM, THAT, UH, INTAKE POLICY.

I BELIEVE ALL THREE ANIMALS SHOULD BE TAKEN IN, ESPECIALLY NOW DURING THIS PANDEMIC, WHEN, UH, PEOPLE ARE REALLY BEING SQUEEZED TO THEM.

I MISS THEM, YOU KNOW, IF PEOPLE ARE ABANDONING THEIR PETS BEFORE, UM, IT COULD, YOU KNOW, MORE LIKELY TO INCREASE NOW.

UM, BUT PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED SUCH AS MYSELF.

UM, AND SOMEONE ELSE MENTIONED, UH, NOT EVERYONE BEING ABLE TO TAKE IN AN ANIMAL IF THEY HAPPEN TO FIND A STRAIGHT UP I'M THAT INCLUDES ME.

I LIVE IN AN APARTMENT, THEN

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THE FEES WOULD BE COST PROHIBITIVE.

UM, UH, AS WELL AS, UM, UH, THE SPEAKER FROM DALLAS MENTIONED, UM, IF THERE'S A, UH, INCREASE IN, IN STREET ANIMALS, IS THAT CHANCE FOR INCREASING ALUMNUS AMONGST THEM? I HAD A SCARE WHEN I WAS BIT BY A DOG SEVERAL MONTHS AGO.

UH, I HAD A SCAN, NOT KNOWING IF, UM, THAT DOC HAD HAD ITS RABIES SHOT.

AND, AND THEN I CAME TO FIND OUT LATER JUST HOW COST PROHIBITIVE OF THE RABIES VACCINE OF, UH, THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, UH, SOMETHING I COULDN'T AFFORD.

SO THERE'S, THAT'S ANOTHER POINT TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THAT OUR MOVE IT NOW TO GIVE YOU TIME TO THE DISCUSSION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

BEVERLY LUNA FOLLOWED BY RAPHAEL.

HI, THIS IS SEVERALLY I'M WITH AUSTIN LAWSON BOUND PET.

THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME MISUNDERSTANDING ON THE PART OF SOME MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COMMISSION THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT THIS IDEA THAT ACS AND THREE, ONE, ONE ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO RELEASE DOGS INTO COMMUNITY IS MADE UP.

I CAN TELL YOU IT HAPPENED TO ME PERSONALLY.

I WAS TOLD TO TAKE AN 80 POUNDS 85 POUND PIT BULL BACK TO WHERE I FOUND IT IN A MILLION DOLLAR BUS NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE HE OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T BELONG.

UM, AND JUST LET HIM GO.

WE SEE DAY IN, DAY OUT THAT HAPPENING.

WE TALKED TO DON BLAND.

I DO BELIEVE DON BLAND DOES NOT HAVE THAT POLICY ANYMORE.

THAT IT IS NOT GETTING THROUGH TO THREE, ONE, ONE, AND IT IS NOT GETTING THROUGH HIS STAFF.

AND WE WERE FINDING DOGS THAT ARE LITERALLY STARVING TO DEATH.

WE HAVE DOGS THAT WITHIN THREE HOURS OF SOMEONE FROM AAC OR THREE, ONE, ONE TELLING THEM TO LET THE DOGS GO ARE FOUND DEAD IN THE ROAD.

UM, VARIOUS, SOME MAJOR DISCONNECT BETWEEN WHAT DON BLAND IS TELLING HIS STAFF TO DO AND TO DO, AND WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

AND IF YOU WANT EXAMPLE, SO WORKING WITH TONS OF EXAMPLES AND TONS OF PEOPLE WHO CAN GIVE YOU TESTIMONY AS TO THEY WERE TOLD TO DO THIS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, RAPHAEL FOLLOWED BY SHELLY LIEBERMAN.

YEAH, JUST HAVE SOME QUICK COMMENTS.

I THINK ALL THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS WE'VE MADE SOME GOOD COMMENTS.

I BELIEVE ALL.

THAT'S NOT A PROBLEM.

MAYBE WITH DON, UH, BEHIND ALL OF THE POOR ANIMALS, BUT I'M GOING TO FIND OUT AND FIND OUT IF IT'S A, JUST A POLICYMAKER OR IF HE DIDN'T RECEIVE AN ORDER FROM SOMEONE ELSE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S GOTTA BE SOME REASON MODEL.

THIS HAS HAPPENED IN THIS COURSE, A PROBATE EXCUSE.

THIS IS JUST A VERY POOR EXCUSE.

YOU KNOW, OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SAID, THIS IS A TIME TO DO SOMETHING.

AUSTIN'S A PROGRESSIVE CITY AND THEY SHOULD HAVE A PERSON WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR THE ANIMALS WHO'S IN CHARGE.

AND SO I'M JUST GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON.

AND MAYBE THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME CHANGES.

I DON'T KNOW IF THIS GOES A HIGHER THAN HIM UP IN THE CITY COUNSELOR ISSUES, OR I'M NOT SURE, BUT I'M GOING TO FIND OUT BECAUSE I JUST FEEL THAT EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY IS SETTLING BEFORE IT MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THIS IS A VERY POOR POLICY FOR EVERYBODY, FOR ANIMALS AND PEOPLE ARE LIKE, THAT'S WHAT I'VE JUST MADE MY SHORT BECAUSE I LIVE OTHER SPEAKERS SPEAK FOR ME.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, SHELLEY.

YOU'RE UP FOLLOWED BY RONA DISTANCE BELL.

MY NAME IS SHELLEY LIEBEN.

I AM, OR AT LEAST WAS AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER AT THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

TODAY.

I'M GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT AACS INTAKE POLICY FOR SICK AND INJURED ANIMALS.

THEY HAVE STATED THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE IN SICK AND INJURED ANIMALS.

IN THEORY, I THINK EVERYBODY AGREES.

THE SHELTER HAS THIS RESPONSIBILITY, BUT IN PRACTICE, WHAT DO THEY REALLY MEAN WHEN THEY SAY SICK AND INJURED AND MOST PARTICULARLY CATS, THEIR WEBSITE STATES.

AND I QUOTE, IF YOU SEE A CAT THAT IS SICK OR INJURED, LETHARGIC, LIMPING BADLY APPEARS DEHYDRATED, OR HE MAY C8.

IT HAS SOME HIT BY A CAR OR HAS OPEN WOUNDS OR STORES CALL THREE, ONE, ONE FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION.

ANIMAL PROTECTION WILL CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO HIGH PRIORITY CALLS, WHICH INCLUDES THE CAN AND YOUR ANIMALS.

THAT'S THE END OF THE QUOTE FROM THE WEBSITE YET, SINCE THE SHELTER IS CLOSED IN MARCH, THERE HAVE BEEN INSTANCES WHERE THE APO BASICALLY SAID A CAT WAS NOT SICK ENOUGH.

AND ONE CASE THE FOUNDER CALLED THREE, ONE, ONE ABOUT A CAT THAT SHE FOUND IT WAS SKIN AND BONES.

HE MAY SEE AIDED.

THE JPO SAID BECAUSE THE CAT WAS MOVING AND NOT BLEEDING.

SHE WOULD NOT TAKE HIM IN WHICH IS IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH WHAT THEIR OWN WEBSITE SAID.

LUCKY, THE CAT DIED.

TWO DAYS LATER, THERE APPEARS TO BE INCONSISTENCY AMONG THE APS AND WHAT IS CONSIDERED SICK AND INJURED SHELTER.

LEADERSHIPS,

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GIVE THEM BETTER DIRECTION.

SO THAT WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CASE DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN, PERHAPS THEY CAN MAKE SURE ALL APS KNOW HOW THEIR OWN WEBSITE DOES FIND SICK AND INJURED TO THE PUBLIC.

AS YOU DISCUSSED AAC STRAIGHT AND POLICY, PLEASE MAKE IT CLEAR TO AAC AND ITS APS THAT STICKING INTER ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY CATS REMAIN HIGH PRIORITY CALLS.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TODAY.

THANK YOU, RONA.

YOU'RE UP A LITTLE BIT.

DANA HALLMARK.

I HAD A LITTLE DOG NAMED DUSTY, A NUMBER OF YEARS BACK WHO GOT OUT OF MY HOUSE.

UNBEKNOWNST TO ME, HE WAS TAKEN BY SOMEONE TO THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER WHO THEN SCANNED THEM FOR CHIP AND CALLED ME.

I HAD NO IDEA MY DAD WAS EVEN MISSING BECAUSE I WASN'T HOME.

I WAS ABLE TO GO TO THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AND RETRIEVED MY DOG AND HAVING FOR MANY BOYS, HE HAD BEEN LEFT TO WANDER THE STREETS.

THERE WAS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN HIT BY THE CAR, EATEN BY A COYOTE OR SUFFERED FROM OTHER UNSPEAKABLE ENDS.

BEFORE I EVEN KNEW THAT DAY, I HAVE A DOG NAMED DOMINO WHO WAS ADOPTED FROM THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AT THE AGE OF TWO AND 10 WAS FOUND, WANDERING THE STREETS AND TAKEN TO THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER DID WAS SCAN FOR A CHIP.

NO ONE CAME TO CLAIM HIM.

NO ONE WANTED HIM BACK RATHER THAN BEING LEFT ON THE STREETS WHERE HE WAS ALREADY IN RATHER POOR SHAPE.

HE WAS ADOPTED BY ME.

HE IS NOW LIVING A VERY HAPPY LIFE.

LOST AN ANIMAL CENTER, SERVES A FUNCTION FOR THIS COMMUNITY TO KEEP OUR PETS ANIMALS OFF THE STREET, WHICH ALSO KEEPS OUR PETS SAFE TO PREVENT DISEASE.

BY KEEPING THESE ANIMALS OFF THE STREET TO PREVENT DOG BITES BY KEEPING ANIMALS OFF THE STREET, TO TELL THE COMMUNITY THAT IT'S UP TO THEM TO TAKE CARE OF THESE ANIMALS, THAT THEY CANNOT BRING THEM TO THE SHELTER THAT IF THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ANIMALS WILL BE, THEY SHOULD TAKE THEM INTO THEIR OWN HOMES, PROVIDE FOOD, PROVIDE MEDICINE, PROVIDE CARE WHILE THEY TRY TO SEARCH FOR AN OWNER IS UNREASONABLE AND IRRESPONSIBLE.

WHEN I FIND A LOST DOG AND I TAKE IT TO A VET PRIVATE STAND FOR A CHIP, I'M HANDED THE CHECK NUMBER AND THE NUMBER OF THE CHIP REGISTRY SO THAT I CAN CALL THE CHIP REGISTRY, WHICH I DO OR NOT.

BUT THE CHICK REGISTRY WILL CONTACT THE OWNER.

I AM NOT GIVEN ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE OWNER.

I HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING IF THAT PERSON IS EVER GOING TO CONTACT ME WHETHER THEY WANT THEIR JOB, BUT THEY DON'T WANT THEIR DOG BACK OR WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

I'M FORTUNATE IN BEING IN A POSITION TO BE ABLE TO BRING A DOG HOME AND FULL BOND TO THEM FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT I KIND OF HOLD ON TO THEM.

AND DEFINITELY I KNOW MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CITY FOR CATS BRING A DOG HOME AT ALL BECAUSE THEIR OWN PETS MAY BE NOT PET FRIENDLY.

THEY MAY HAVE CHILDREN IN THE HOME AND READ ABOUT THAT.

OR MAYBE THEY ARE VISITORS TO OUR CITY WHO DO IT MAY SEEM AND PICK UP A STRAY DOG AND THEN SHOW UP A SHELTER.

AND THEY'RE TOLD TO TAKE THE DOG BACK TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

HOW DOES THAT REFLECT ON OFTEN IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD, THIS IS A COMPLETELY IRRESPONSIBLE INTAKE POLICY THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN BEEN IMPLEMENTED DURING COVID-19.

THAT WAS AN EXCUSE AND IT WAS IRRESPONSIBLE IRRESPONSIBLE.

NOW IT WILL BE IRRESPONSIBLE IN THE FUTURE.

THIS IS NOT THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY.

THIS IS AUSTIN, TEXAS.

WE LOVE AND CARE FOR ANIMALS AND OUR CITY SHELTER, WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY OUR TAXES, NEEDS TO BE DOING A MUCH BETTER JOB THAN THEY ARE DOING NOW.

NOT GO BACKWARDS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

WE HAVE 10 MORE SPEAKERS.

DANA.

YOU'RE UP FOLLOWED BY JUBILEE.

THEY KNOW YOU THERE ABOUT JULIE.

HELLO, DANA.

JULIE, ARE YOU THERE FROM HERE? OKAY, GO AHEAD PLEASE.

HELLO? OKAY.

THIS IS PAT VARS TODAY.

YES, I AM.

OKAY.

A FORMER MEMBER OF THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION AND CURRENTLY I'M STILL RESIDING IN MY HOUSE IN DISTRICT NINE.

AND

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I HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR BETTER SERVICES FOR SHELTER ANIMALS SINCE 1998 TWO.

UM, I AM HERE NOT TO SPEAK TO THIS SPECIFIC ISSUE OF OPEN INTAKE.

I OF COURSE, SUPPORT OPEN INTAKE AND I SUPPORT EVERYTHING THAT THE SPEAKERS HAVE SAID.

UM, EVERYONE HAS GIVEN VERY GOOD ANECDOTAL INFORMATION.

I WON'T GO OVER ANY OF THAT.

I'M TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION.

UM, I'M HERE TO SPEAK AGAINST THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION VOTING ON ANYTHING TODAY.

I HOPE YOU DON'T VOTE BECAUSE YOU NEED, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU ON NEXT ADVISORY COMMISSION THAT IS SEND THE ITEMS THAT THE COUNCIL IS LOOKING AT.

I THINK, YEAH.

I THINK IF YOU HAVE AN AGENDA ITEM, TAKE ALL THE INFORMATION, WE'LL PROCESS IT AND COME BACK, READY TO VOTE AT THE NEXT MONTH, WE'LL BE DOING THE COMMUNITY.

YOU'LL BE DOING THE RIGHT THING.

UM, SO I DON'T VOTE TODAY.

SPEND TIME RESEARCHING, ANALYZING, SPEAKING TO PEOPLE, TAKING ALL THIS INFORMATION THAT YOU'VE HEARD AND COME BACK WITH AN AGENDA ITEM THAT YOU POST NEXT MEETING.

AND I ALSO REQUEST THAT WHEN YOU POST IT, YOU GIVE US, UM, THE SAME THING WITH CITY COUNCIL.

CAUSE IT'S CITIZENS.

WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE ON SOMETHING, YOU POST WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE ON 72 HOURS IN ADVANCE.

SO IN OTHER WORDS, GO AHEAD AND DRAFT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE ON AND POSTED AT THE SAME DEADLINE THAT YOU POST THE AGENDA ITEM.

THAT'S MY REQUEST.

AND I HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER IT.

AND I HOPE YOU'LL ACT ON IT.

THANK YOU.

ALICE BIGS FOLLOWED BY LAURA SANCHEZ.

HI, THIS IS ALICE AND, UM, I'M OPPOSED TO THE SHELTER, CHANGING THEIR INTAKE PROCEDURES.

UM, YOU KNOW, I, IT'S NOT RESPONSIBLE WAY TO MANAGE OUR TAXES AND OPENS THE CITY UP TO POTENTIAL LIABILITY.

THE SHELTERS THAT IS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE AND IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE TO PUT PEOPLE, UM, WITH BIG HEARTS IN CHARGE OF SICK AND INJURED ANIMALS WITH LITTLE OR NO EDUCATION.

AND IT IS A PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARD.

ALRIGHT.

THE DATASETS ARE NOT CLEAR AND HAVE COMPARISONS AND ARE MISLEADING.

UM, I THINK OFTEN RESIDENTS SHOULD HAVE TIME TO REACT AND WITH THE TRANSPARENCY OF DATA, PRETTY MUCH WHAT ALL THE CREDIT ASSESSORS HAVE SAID BEFORE ME AND I JUST WANTED TO STATE THAT I'M OPPOSED TO THIS THE CHANGES AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO OPPOSITE AS YOU SPEAK OKAY.

THANK YOU.

LAURA SANCHEZ FOLLOWED BY RITA CROSS.

LAURA, ARE YOU THERE? RITA.

ARE YOU THERE? YES, I AM.

GO AHEAD.

MA'AM GOOD MORNING.

OKAY.

GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS RITA CROSS RESIDENT AS CITIZEN ADVOCATES FOR ANIMALS.

I AM A CITIZEN OF LAKE TRAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS.

THE TOPIC OF MY COMMENTS TODAY CONCERNS THE INTAKE CENTER OF THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

THIS CITY HAS BEEN KNOWN OVER THE YEARS AS A TRUE ANIMAL WELFARE SHIT.

WE CAN ALL BE PROUD THAT REPUTATION FOR HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS IS KNOWN BY MANY HERE AND FAR AND GIVES AUSTIN THE GOOD REPUTATION IS ENJOYED OVER MANY YEARS.

HOWEVER, THERE SEEMS TO BE EVIDENCE OF A CHANGE WHEREBY HOMELESS ANIMALS WOULD NOT BENEFIT FROM THE OPEN INTAKE CENTER OF THE PAST.

I UNDERSTAND THAT ONLY INJURED, SICK OR AGGRESSIVE PET COULD BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE CENTER TO GET HELP.

THIS SURELY CANNOT BE THE CASE.

HEALTHY ANIMALS WILL BE INJURED WITH PICKLES BY OTHER ANIMALS OR USED BY BOUGIE MIGHT INFLICT HARM ON THEM.

THERE'S A MYRIAD OF REASONS WHY THEY WOULD NOT BLACKIE FIND THEIR WAY BACK HOME WITH HIM.

DUDE, THEY HAVE A HOME.

SO SUCH A SUCH A CONTENTIOUS ISSUE IN FAIRNESS TO ALL INCLUDING THE STRAY ANIMALS.

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THE PLAN TO AN OPEN INTAKE MUST NOT.

THE BIRD IS ON TODAY.

COMMUNITY INCURRED IS NECESSARY AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE BEFORE ANY DECISIONS ARE MADE.

ONCE THE AUSTIN ANIMAL ADVISORY BOARD HAS YOUR INFORMATION.

ONE HAND, THEN I BELIEVE AN EDUCATED AND FAIR DECISION CAN BE MADE FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL OUR HOMELESS ANIMALS IN AUSTIN.

ADDITIONALLY, I BELIEVE THE RIGHT THING TO DO IS TO KNOCK AN AUSTIN CITY ORDINANCE THAT WOULD PROTECT ALL HOMELESS ANIMALS, NOT JUST THOSE INJURED CHICKS.

SO AGGRESSIVE.

IF WE TRULY CARE ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE, THERE WOULD BE HOPEFULLY A MAJORITY OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO WOULD VOTE FOR THE ORDINANCE WHEREBY THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER WOULD OFFER OPEN INTAKE FOR THE ANIMALS OF THE SUIT.

I THANK YOU KINDLY YOUR TIME, YOUR SERIOUS CONSIDERATION, AND FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK THANK YOU, RITA.

JULIE MARTINSON FOLLOWED BY SANDRA MUELLER.

JULIE, ARE YOU THERE? SANDRA.

HI, THIS IS SANDRA MALA DISTRICT SEVEN.

GOOD MORNING.

I'M OPPOSED TO THIS CLOSURE OF INTAKE, WHICH IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

SO AS YOU KNOW, CLOSING OR MANAGING INTAKE IS A MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

UH, PLEASE FIND A SOLUTION TO RELEASING ANIMALS TO THE STREETS.

THE CITY MUST ASSIST HEALTHY ANIMALS, THAT CAN'T BE HELPED BY CITIZENS.

IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THREE ONE, ONE HAS BEEN GIVING INCORRECT INFORMATION REGARDING SICK AND INJURED ANIMAL.

PLEASE ALSO CORRECT THIS DURING THIS PANORAMIC APA ON JEFFERSON AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN PUSHING THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO PARTICIPATE IN ITS HALF MODEL OF ANIMAL SHELTERING.

IT'S AUSTIN ALREADY PROVIDES COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND RESOURCES LIKE FENCING, MICROCHIPS FOOD BABIES CLINICS HAS OVER A HUNDRED RESCUE PARTNERS AND GROUPS LIKE A MASSIVE PET ALS P TRAPPERS, AND NEXT DOOR.

PLEASE ADVISE CITY COUNCIL NOT TO PARTICIPATE.

I'M INTERESTED IN SEEING THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT THIS HOUSE MODEL ALONG WITH NON-BIASED PUBLICLY AVAILABLE DATA, INCLUDING DEMOGRAPHICS BEFORE ANY ATTEMPTS TO CHANGE CITY OR STATE LAW .

UM, THE HALF MILE SEEMS TO BE BASED ON TWO THINGS.

NUMBER ONE IS ASSUMPTION THAT CITIZENS WANTS TO FOSTER ANIMALS AND DEFINITELY INTO A FOUND ANIMALS SURVEY REGARDING NUMBER ONE BEST FRIEND'S RECENT PET POINT.

DATA SHOWS THAT THE REST OF FOSTER IN APRIL DUE TO COVID WAS NEARLY A BLIP AND THAT FOSTER STARTS RETURNED TO NORMAL OR LOWER AFTERWARDS.

ALSO FOSTER ANIMALS ARE STARTING TO BE RETURNED AND YOU, THE SURVEY IS A VERY SMALL SAMPLE SIZE AND I HOPE EXPANDED DATA WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

OTHER PROBLEMS THAT COME TO MIND ARE, IS THE CITY OF AUSTIN LIABLE FOR GOOD SAMARITANS WHO ARE BITTEN OR FIND THEMSELVES IN OWNERSHIP DISPUTES.

ANOTHER PROBLEM IS STATE LAW PROHIBITS MEDICAL CARE FOR ANIMALS NOT OWNED BY THE SHELTER UPON INTAKE AT AAC.

ANIMALS ARE CHECKED FOR SPAY-NEUTER GIVE THEM VACCINES AND PREVENTATIVES FOR FLEA.

TICK HEARTWORM, CINDI WORMS DOGS ARE TESTED FOR HEART ROOM.

CATS ARE TESTED FOR FELV AND FIV.

HOW WILL CITIZENS KNOW IF AN ANIMAL IS HEALTHY OR HANDLE ALL OF THIS, INCLUDING POSSIBLE PREGNANCIES AND PUPPIES AND KITTENS? WHERE IS THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE MONEY? MEANWHILE, I'LL JOIN THIS.

COVID APA CONTINUES TO PULL HUNDREDS OF ANIMALS FROM HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY, CLEARLY TAKING FOSTER HOMES FROM AUSTIN STRAND ANIMALS.

SINCE 2012, APA HAS TAKEN LESS THAN 20% OF THE ANIMALS FROM AAC ALL WHILE USING TAXPAYER LAND FOR FREE AND GETTING HALF OF THE PAID IN THE IS THREE TO $6,000 PER MONTH.

I SUGGEST APA IMMEDIATELY INCREASED THEIR ASSISTANCE TO AAC REGARDING FOSTER HOMES AND COLLECT DATA TO PROVE THEIR MODEL.

WE DON'T KNOW WHEN COVE IS GOING TO END HERE IN AUSTIN, SO LET'S BE KIND TO EACH OTHER.

STAY SAFE.

THANK YOU TO THE COMMISSION, AAC STAFF AND THE ADVOCATES WITH THE BIG VOICES.

THANK YOU.

WE HAVE STEPHANIE.

MORTON'S FOLLOW BY STEPHANIE.

STEPHANIE, ARE YOU THERE? YES, I AM.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME.

MY NAME IS STEPHANIE MARTIN.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF AUSTIN LOSS AND DOWN PAT, A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION CREATED IN JANUARY, 2016 AT THE REQUEST OF FORMER DEPUTY CHIEF OF AWESOME ANIMAL SERVICES, CHRISTIAN ALABBAR AND, AND I'M WE'VE DRASTICALLY REDUCED SHELTER AND TAKE BY THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS ANNUALLY.

I'M SPEAKING TODAY TO STATE MY OPPOSITION TO CHANGES IN AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER INTAKE, ACCORDING TO AN EMAIL FROM ATA BOARD MEMBER, RUSTY TALLY TAMIR, STEVE ADLER,

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REGARDING REGARDING HAT APA, HIS NEW PROPOSED MODEL FOR ANIMAL SHELTERING NATIONALLY, WHICH WAS DATED MAY 17.

AND I QUOTE THE CITY OF AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER DIRECTOR.

DON BLAND IS ON BOARD AND WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE INITIAL DISCUSSIONS OF AUSTIN AS LUDA.

UNFORTUNATELY, BLAND LED IT S KNOWS IF THE ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER IS NOT WANTING TO BE A PART OF THE PILOT PUBLICLY, BUT INSTEAD OF BEHIND THE SCENES, UNFORTUNATELY THIS CONTINUING BEHIND THE SCENES IS EXACTLY WHAT I ASSUME.

RUNNING RFP.

I'VE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF CALLS ON OUR 800 NUMBER FROM MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

MANY OF WHOM WERE IN TEARS BECAUSE THEY FOUND ANIMALS COULD NOT KEEP THEM.

AND AT THE CONTACTING THREE, ONE, ONE ANIMAL CONTROL AND OR AAC SUMMIT, THEY HAD NOWHERE FOR THEM TO GO.

IN SOME CASES, BERKELEY, ONE, ONE REPRESENTATIVE AND ANIMAL PROTECTION OFFICERS INSPECTED PEOPLE WITH AGGRESSIVE DOGS THAT THEY HAD FOUND TO JUST RELEASE THEM ONTO THE STREET.

UNQUESTIONABLE BEINGS ARE THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, NOT TO MENTION I'M TOO BURDENED AND TREMENDOUS EMOTIONAL STRESS ON INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY.

MANY PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE ON THIS RESPONSIBILITY FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS, WHICH IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY REASONS MUNICIPAL ANIMAL SHELTERS, WHICH ARE PAID FOR, WITH OUR TAXES EXISTS.

IN FACT, ACCORDING TO GOVERNOR ABBOTT, ANIMAL SHELTERS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES PROVIDE AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE AT THE ONSET OF COVID AWESOME.

OFTENTIMES THAT'S UP TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY FOSTERS ON A TEMPORARY BASIS.

THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE ARE WILLING OR ABLE TO DO LONG TERM I'M LIKE ABC AND ACA.

WE DO NOT HAVE THE PHONES OR MANPOWER TO TAKE OVER THESE RESPONSIBILITIES ON A PERMANENT BASIS.

SO FAR TOO, THE RISKS TO THE HUMAN AND ANIMAL LIFE, NOT TO MENTION THE POTENTIAL PROPERTY DAMAGE THAT CAN OCCUR AS A RESULT OF DRIVERS ATTEMPTING TO AVOID STRAY ANIMALS IN THE ROADWAY.

I CAN TELL THE LIE HAS THE MOST TO GAIN FROM AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER NO LONGER IN TAKING THOSE DOWN ANIMALS AS THEIR INITIAL PURPOSE WAS SUPPORT ANIMALS FROM AAC IN ORDER TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR AUSTIN.

NOW THAT THE FOCUS IS TURNED TO PROMOTING A NATIONAL AGENDA, NOT HAVING TO PULL UNCLAIMED PET FROM A SHELTER IS PARTICULARLY BENEFICIAL TO THEM.

I JUST FREES UP THE RESOURCES FOR ENDEAVORS OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY.

AGAIN, I AM OPPOSED TO THE SHELTER ALTERING INTAKE PROCEDURES FOR NUMBERS, PROCEDURES FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, THE VAST MAJORITY OF WHICH I DID NOT HAVE TIME TO ADDRESS WITH YOU IN THREE MINUTES OR LESS.

I HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONCURRING BECAUSE ALL OF THE POLICE BEING MADE BY THOSE OF US SPEAKING TODAY WITHOUT COMMUNITY INPUT, BEFORE IMPLEMENTING ANY CHANGES TO SHELTER INTAKE POLICY AND NOT CALL REGARDING SHELTER INTAKE TODAY.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, STEPHANIE BILL GROW.

YOU'RE OUR FINAL SPEAKER.

OH, GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS STEPHANIE DOVER.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AT AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.

UM, I JUST WANT TO BRIEFLY ADDRESS THE MIXING OF THE HAAS PROJECT OR THE IT'S SHORT FOR HUMAN ANIMAL SUPPORT SERVICES.

UM, THAT PILOT PROJECT AND THE AAC INTAKE POLICY.

UM, JUST FOR SOME BACKGROUND HOSTAGE, MEETUP OF 30 TOP GOVERNMENT ANIMAL SHELTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

UM, IT'S BEING FUNDED BY SEVEN, UM, DIFFERENT LARGE ORGANIZATIONS.

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF ANIMAL WELFARE LEADERS INVOLVED, UM, IN OVER 30 WORKING GROUPS CURRENTLY WHO ARE HAVING DISCUSSIONS ALMOST DAILY, UM, TO ADDRESS THE FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES THAT EXIST IN THE PRE COVID ANIMAL SULTRY, UM, COST ESSENTIALLY CAME ABOUT BECAUSE SHELTERS ARE DECREASED IN THE PAST CITY EVERYWHERE BECAUSE OF THE COVEN HUMAN HEALTH HAZARD.

I'M HOPING TO MEASURABLY SOLVE THE ROOT CAUSES OF THE PROBLEMS THAT LEAD TO CROWDED SHELTERS WHILE MEN CAN STAY AND THE SEPARATION OF ANIMALS FROM THEIR HOMES, AS FAR AS WE UNDERSTAND IT, IF HE'S NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM, UH, BEHIND THE SCENES OR IN FRONT OF THE SCENES, CLEARLY, UM, IF AEC DOESN'T ACT IMMEDIATELY TO BE PART OF THAT EVOLUTION IN ANIMAL SERVICES, THE CURRENT PROBLEMS THEY FACE WILL EXPONENTIALLY GROW BECAUSE OF THREE THINGS.

ONE COVERT RESTRICTIONS WILL CONTINUE POTENTIALLY FOR YEARS, WHICH WILL CONTINUE ON MANY SHELTERS.

POSSIBLY WE CAN EXPECT TWO TO THREE TIMES THE INTAKE OF ANIMAL SINCE FINANCIAL AND HOUSING ISSUES ARE DRIVING OWNERS TO UNDER INTAKE.

SO THE ANIMAL SHELTERING IS CHANGING.

AND IF AUSTIN IS NOT PART OF THAT, THEY WILL BE LEFT BEHIND.

POS IS STRONGLY RELATED TO THE CURRENT HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT AS WELL TO REIMAGINE LAW ENFORCEMENT BECAUSE ANIMAL SERVICES, WHICH BEGAN BY BEING RUN BY THE POLICE IS ALSO PEOPLE NEEDED IN AN EQUITY BETWEEN THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS.

HAAS IS THE REIMAGINATION OF ANIMAL SERVICES TO REALLOCATE FUNDS, TO SOCIAL SERVICES TYPE OF SUPPORT WHILE THE PERCEIVED AAC POLICY OF JUST IGNORING ANIMAL COMPLAINTS.

IT'S MORE LIKE ENTIRELY DEFENDING ANIMAL SERVICES.

THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE.

BOSTON WOULD LOOK LIKE WHAT SOUNDS A MEMBER OF GREG'S BAR IS CHAMPIONING THIS WEEK WITH DRIVES THROUGH COBRA TESTING,

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GOING TO THE NEIGHBORHOODS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING THE MOST COVID.

IT WAS NO COINCIDENCE THAT THOSE SAME NEIGHBORHOODS OR THOSE EXPERIENCING THE HIGHEST INTAKE INTO THE SHELTER.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THE COMMISSION TO TAKE UP AN ITEM ON HAAS AT THE NEXT MEETING.

THANK OKAY.

WRAPS UP THE SPEAKERS UP COMMISSIONERS

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VERY QUICKLY.

WE NEED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM OUR FEBRUARY MEETING.

AND JOANNE BELINDA WAS ASKING IF YOU REMEMBERED, IF YOU WERE THE SECOND TO APPROVE THE JANUARY MINUTES, DO YOU KNOW? DO YOU REMEMBER? OKAY, SO QUICKLY, WILL SOMEBODY MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THOSE MINUTES? I MAKE A MOTION TO, OKAY.

LET'S GO WITH CRAIG MAKING THE MOTION AND MONICA SECOND AND UH, WE NEED, WE NEED VERBAL RESPONSE.

SO JUST EVERYBODY UNMUTE AND ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE, PLEASE SAY AYE.

OKAY.

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UH, AND I PUT ELECTION OF OFFICERS ON HERE CAUSE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO DO THAT BACK IN APRIL.

ARE THERE ANY MEMBERS NOT CURRENTLY SERVING AS AN OFFICER WHO WANTS TO RUN FOR ANY OF THOSE POSITIONS REAL QUICK? OKAY.

LISA AND NANCY, ARE YOU WILLING TO CONTINUE A CHAIR? I'M CHAIR.

LISA IS VICE CHAIR.

NANCY IS PARLIAMENTARIAN SPEED.

AND THEN GO THROUGH, I GUESS, FEBRUARY.

OKAY.

WE VOTE IN APRIL 38.

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT FOR YOU BEING CHAIR? I UNDERSTAND.

LIKE, DO YOU HAVE TO, I DON'T HAVE TO BE REPLACED.

THERE IS A TERM LIMIT.

I'M NOT SURE IF I'VE REACHED IT YET.

UM, BUT THE TERM LIMIT DOESN'T APPLY.

IF I GET, IF EVERYONE, YOU KNOW, IF IT'S LIKE A TWO THIRDS, MAJORITY OR SOMETHING, I WILL TELL EVERYONE THAT I'M WILLING TO DO IT TO