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03-31-17 ACTFCitv Las ruces PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE 2 3 The following are summary minutes for the meeting of the City of Las Cruces - Animal 4 Care Task Force for March 31, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., at the City of Las Cruces, City Hall, 5 Conference Room 3621, 700 North Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 6 7 Present: s David Dollahon, City Assistant City Manager -Operations 9 Marcy Driggers, City Attorney's Office 10 Gino Jimenez, City Animal Control 11 Beth Vasco -Mock, Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley 12 Kurt Fenstermacher, El Paso Shelter Interim Director 13 Renee Waskiewicz, Animal Advocate Kasandra Gandara, City Councillor Dist. 1/ Animal 14 Service Center of the Mesilla Valley Board Vice Chair 15 16 Call to order - 3:00 p.m. 17 18 Discussion Items: 19 1. What is our policy/position? 20 Release rate/no kill 21 22 2. Community Cat Program - Resolution 23 a. Feral cats 24 1. Current ordinance has the community/feral cats defined as "owned". El 25 Paso's ordinance does not. Something to consider, when updating the City's 26 ordinance. Look to amend the City's ordinance, to be similar to El Paso's 27 ordinance, whereby we only define community cats and then adopt a 28 separate resolution establishing the management of community cat's as a 29 voluntary program. This gives opportunity for more flexibility by animal 30 control to garner compliance by participants/cat colony owners, as compared 31 to the stringent requirements of the ordinance. Further, the City could 32 establish a "resource" program making information available. 33 2. Cat deterrent devices can be used to help cats to become good neighbors 34 3. Broken promises, local non-profit provides for community cat surgeries 35 through the ASCMV 36 4. Education: -Audubon Society, community cat colonies not in migratory/rare 37 bird/rural areas 38 5. Look for a Veterinarian program and/or participation whereby discounted 39 spay/neuter can be achieved through a voucher program. 40 41 Next Meeting: April 28, 2017 42 Jess Williams from DAC will be invited to attend the April and future meetings, 43 representing the County and as chair to the ASCMV Board. Councilor Gandara will also 44 be a member of the task force. 45 2 Adjorn - 4:30 p.m 6 Chair s Approved: &0 6,�