DPS to form Animal Care and Control efficiency teams

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Department of Public Safety announced Thursday they will form two Indianapolis Animal Care and Control efficiency teams.

One will focus on the search for a new IACC administrator. Another will focus on a review of kennel procedures.

Interim administrator Spencer Moore says he asked DPS director Troy Riggs to form these teams, after hearing concerns from animal rescue groups.

Moore, and other officials, say he started enforcing rules that were, in some fashion, already on the books at IACC once he took over as interim administrator. Moore was asked to serve as interim administrator, after the previous administrator Dan Shackle resigned.

Those rules include, keeping animals for a four-day hold to get them ready for adoption. Then, animals will be held for a minimum of two days and a maximum of seven days, in the adoption kennel at IACC.

Moore says he’s enforcing those rules, after hearing from some people who were hoping to adopt directly from IACC.

“Before I came out here, I was provided emails, and phone numbers, of people who were upset. They were not able to find an animal they liked,” said Moore.

Those newly enforced rules though, had dozens of animal rescue groups at the Animal Care and Control Advisory Board meeting Thursday.

Animal rescue advocates spoke for more than an hour: most, explaining to the board why they think they should be able to receive the animals from IACC as soon as possible, as they say they always did.

“I think over the last several years, we’ve really been growing and developing and improving as a community, and now we have really sudden changes over the last few weeks. I think it would make sense to me to undo those, to go back to what we’ve been doing, what we’ve built over years, undo those and let this committee decide what kind of changes should be made,” said Tara Harris, Director of Every Dog Counts Rescue.

“We’ve doubled, at least, the amount of time dogs are going to have to stay in the shelter, and the numbers just don’t work. Somebody’s going to have to die to make room for holding these dogs longer,” added Harris.

Moore listened to all comments, saying he was glad the efficiency teams would be able to hear all of the public’s concerns, and make a decision after that.

“We’re interested in finding out what the public wants. We encourage people to come in, animal rescue groups, the community,” said Moore.

Both efficiency teams will start meeting in June.

The administrator team should submit their report in July.

The kennel procedures team should submit their report in late August.

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