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05-19-17 ACTFCity of Las Cruces° 1 PEOPLE YELPING PEOPLE z 3 The following are summary minutes for the meeting of the City of Las Cruces - Animal 4 Care Task Force for May 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., at the City of Las Cruces, City Hall, 5 Conference Room 2007-A, 700 North Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 6 7 Present: 8 David Dollahon, City Assistant City Manager -Operations 9 Marcy Driggers, City Attorney's Office 10 Gino Jimenez, City Animal Control 11 Beth Vasco -Mock, Executive Director, Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley 12 Kurt Fenstermacher, El Paso Shelter Interim Director 13 Renee Waskiewicz, Animal Advocate 14 Kasandra Gandara, City Councilor Dist. 1/ ASCMV Board Vice Chair 15 Jess William, Dona Ana County PIO/ ASCMV Board Chair 16 Vicki Lusk, Dona Ana County Codes & ACO Chief 17 18 19 Call to order - 3:05 p.m. 20 21 Approval of Minutes: 22 1. March 31, 2017 -Approved, without changes or discussion 23 24 2. April 28, 2017 — no meeting minutes to approve as meeting was cancelled 25 26 Discussion Items: 27 1. Pets in Vehicles awareness 28 1. County web site has a banner that talks about "Dogs die every summer". 29 2. Look to do an awareness campaign/video that records the inside temperature 30 of a vehicle with a stuffed dog inside. We will need to work with City PIO to 31 produce. Need to include awareness on what the proper protocol is for the 32 general public to do when they see an animal in a vehicle in distress (call 33 central dispatch). 34 3. Discussion on the fact that New Mexico does not have a Good Samaritan 35 Law (only 19 states do), related to people saving animals in distress (i.e. in 36 vehicles in summer heat, without air or water. As a home -rule municipality, 37 could the City create such an ordinance. 38 4. Codes Enforcement can enter property/cars through "Lock -out Kits"; the City 39 Codes' has 2 set, but they are very expenses. It opens the door to locked 40 vehicles slightly, allowing for them to unlock the doors and rescue animals 41 without damaging the vehicle if done properly. Codes gets approximately 100 42 calls per summer on pets in vehicles. 43 5. Stephanie Guadian from KOAT 7 was to air a piece on Sunday, May 21st 44 10:00 pm show about what happened the week prior with a dog trapped in a 45 vehicle at Memorial Medical Center. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 6. City needs to look at creating a checklist and advisory to distribute to people to know when an animal is in distress. 7. Also, look to do a simple print out that can be placed in both City utility bills and El Paso Electric bills about the importance of not leaving animals in vehicles. Look to do a joint campaign about children and pets in vehicles. LCPD and Codes previously did this. 8. Unrestrained pets in vehicles at governed by the City's Traffic Control Ordinance and is considered distracted driving. 9. The City's ordinance does not have any discussion about tethering animals in the back of trucks. This is important to address in that the truck beds can be hot, the animal can become a projectile/traffic hazard if thrown from the truck bed, and if tethered wrong, the animal can injure/kill itself. Next Meeting: June 30, 2017 Adjorn - 3:50 p.m Chair Approved: JL",,Q E fin, ZO l -T