The first meeting of the new Animal Control Advisory Board is scheduled for 3 - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7 at the Wichita Animal Shelter, 3303 N. Hillside (near K-96 and Hillside).
“Wichita Animal Services is excited about the new board,” said Capt. Doug Nolte of the Wichita Police Department, which includes the Animal Control Division. “The board will give us an added dimension to our ability to provide first-rate animal control services. We are thankful for the interest shown in the board and are excited to soon get started.”
The primary goal of the board is to improve the ability of Animal Control officers to communicate with the community and determine operating policies, which will enhance public safety and the humane care of animals. The board’s activities will include:
• Reviewing existing animal control regulations and make recommendations for changes;
• Seeking constructive solutions to the concerns of community members regarding animal control regulations, and;
• Assisting in providing education to the community.
Approved by the City Council on March 24, the board is comprised of seven members who were appointed by City Council Members, based on an open application process. Creation of this board is part of a process improvement project, which reviewed the operations of Animal Control and sought solutions to improve its effectiveness and efficiency. Future board meetings will be held at least quarterly, based on need as determined by the current members.