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Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

  • 1.  Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 07-19-2021 08:49 AM
    Adding Equity and Removing Barriers

    I am working on amendments for our local dog control ordinances and animal regulations and am hoping to gather some progressive examples from other locations. If you have ordinances that do not disproportionately penalize low income, BIPOC, and other marginalized community members, please send me the links or files to chris.fitzgerald@cityofrochester.gov.

    I am particularly interested in barking and dangerous dog ordinances that are not unnecessarily punitive or that create barriers to pet retention.

    Thanks.
    Chris
    #LawsandPublicPolicy
    #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice
    #government
    #ordinances
    #dangerous
    #barrier
    #regulations
    #ACO

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    chris fitzgerald
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  • 2.  RE: Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 07-23-2021 01:23 PM
    @stephanie kendrick you recently mentioned educational resources versus enforcement...is there anything you can share from Hawaiian Humane Society's policies that would relate to this question on ordinances? Thanks!​​​

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    Irene Chansawang
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 3.  RE: Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 07-23-2021 02:02 PM
    Hi Irene, Chris and I have been exchanging info. Excited to be engaging in this conversation.

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    Steph Kendrick
    Hawaiian Humane Society
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  • 4.  RE: Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 07-23-2021 01:50 PM

    @chris fitzgerald

    Here are some examples of current programs that elevate people-friendly animal services re: return to home/owner, at least, and may be able to provide language and/or arguments for gov't officials:

    • Cabot Animal Support Services has "a free ride home" program where if animals are chipped, the ACOs can take them back to their homes w/o a fee.
    • Contra Costa County Animal Services saw the biggest bang for buck in RTH rates was making the decision to waive all RTH fees for "first time offenders". 
    • Oakland Animal Services reported that their ACOs drive stray dogs with microchips and/or ID tags home and just started clinics for their unhoused neighbors.

    Hope this may help your investigation a bit...​
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    Any intel for Chris' question, esp progressive examples re: barking and dangerous dog ordinances?
    @Sara Pizano
    @Sarah AGUILAR
    @Mike Wheeler
    @Justin Marceau

    Thank you always - 


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    xo,
    Amber

    Amber Freiwald
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 5.  RE: Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 07-24-2021 09:21 AM
    Ann Dunn touched on this in a recent Wednesday Summit - here is a link to the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykKyKfm96FM&t=37s

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    Kelly Duer
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 6.  RE: Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 07-26-2021 11:52 AM
    Also, I'm not sure if this site could be helpful: https://www.animallaw.info/

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    Irene Chansawang
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 7.  RE: Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 07-26-2021 04:18 PM
    Any legal or other resources for someone whose landlord is telling her she must get rid of her dog because it bit someone in the neighborhood?   


     





  • 8.  RE: Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 07-28-2021 11:43 AM
    Hi @r. jordan

    Sarah Rosenberg of Opening Doors is an eviction expert.
    I wonder if some of her work could help in this scenario... Her recent focus seems to have been supporting renters during covid - while it's not exactly the issue you're community member is having, there may be some gems...

    @Sarah Rosenberg any thoughts, suggestions or referrals for a landlord who is telling someone they have to get rid of their dog after a neighborhood bite incident?

    Thanks forum team!​

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    xo,
    Amber

    Amber Freiwald
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 9.  RE: Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 08-02-2021 07:45 PM
    thank you Amber, much appreciated.


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    Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP
    Fearful Dogs Specialist


     

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  • 10.  RE: Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 08-05-2021 03:02 PM

    @chris fitzgerald
    Here's the edits that Kristen, Snow and I worked on for Pima County prior to departing.  Board never voted and the changes got put on hold. 

    https://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Government/Animal%20Care%20Center/Proposed%20Animal%20Ordinances/Draft%20PACC%20Animal%20Code%202019%20(00763629xCDD05)%202-7-2020.pdf




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    sarah aguilar
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  • 11.  RE: Equity and barrier removal from animal control ordinances?

    Posted 08-10-2021 01:56 PM
    Thanks for the responses and references.  Does anyone have ordinances that accommodate emotional support animals in any capacity? If not, I'm also interested in your thoughts on the topic.

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    chris fitzgerald
    Rochester Animal Services
    5854286898
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