As we've mentioned more than once, Dallas Animal Services has been dealing with a few serious unresolved issues, some of them stretching back years: the HVAC system in the shelter doesn't work and apparently never really has, leading to stifling temperatures in the summer months; the shelter and fie ... More >>
Last year saw the start of some big, possibly permanent changes at Dallas Animal Services: 53 full-time employees were pink-slipped and replaced with temporary workers. Meanwhile, the number of animal services officers in the field dropped from 55 to 32. And the "drop boxes" at the shelter were clos ... More >>
Back in July, the Animal Shelter Commission met for an update from city staff on the state of Dallas Animal Services (DAS). As usual, they ended up talking about a few major, unresolved issues: The air-conditioning in the shelter doesn't really work. The shelter is still understaffed and manned with ... More >>
Good news first: the kittens have their own room now. Bad news: most of those kittens are still going to die. Every few months, the Animal Shelter Commission gets together for a progress report from shelter manager Jody Jones and director of Code Compliance Jimmy Martin. It's always a mixture of a ... More >>
With the city overrun with strays, Dallas' animal rescuers want to save dogs from cruelty and neglect. But some need to be saved from themselves.
Jody Jones"It's mid-January," Dallas Animal Services Commission member Bonnie Matthias said emphatically. "And we're caught with our pants down again." As usual, there's good news and there's bad news at Dallas Animal Services. This week, shelter manager Jody Jones and head of Code Complianc ... More >>
Nathan WinogradWoke up this morning to find the in-box filled with missives from friends and fans of a man named Nathan Winograd -- "the de-facto face of the 'No Kill' movement," as Huffington Post called him last year, referring to efforts to stop animal shelters from euthanizing strays. Winogra ... More >>
Photo by Mark GrahamIn the early days of the mayoral race, former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle quietly proclaimed on his website that he wanted Dallas to become "No-Kill City," meaning: With significant tweaks to its policies and procedures, Dallas Animal Services should be able to stop eutha ... More >>
Mark GrahamLieutenant Scott Walton, interim division manager at Dallas Animal ServicesThe myriad issues with the Dallas Animal Services have been well chronicled, especially in our January cover story on the shelter, which described the conflicting mindsets there thusly: "The old dog catcher ment ... More >>
From our slideshow hereOn Friday, Assistant City Manager Forest Turner -- to whom I spoke for last week's cover story about cruelty, cronyism and incompetence at Dallas Animal Services -- sent out a memo to city council members updating them on progress made at DAS with regard to the Humane Socie ... More >>
Both of you who followed along with yesterday's liveblog of the Animal Shelter Commission will remember that former ASC member and animal rights bigwig Jonnie England wondered during the public comment: Why is Tyrone McGill, the former Dallas Animal Services manager who has been indicted on charg ... More >>
Click to embiggen this chart from the Animal Shelter Commission presentationMerry afternoon, Friends. I'm here at City Hall for today's Animal Shelter Commission meeting. They'll be discussing the recently released, mildly damning Humane Society report on the troubled Dallas Animal Services, whic ... More >>
The city's animal control efforts are running wild, but that's not the critters' fault. It's a people problem. The question now is, will Dallas residents pay to fix it?