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August 22, 2013

Shelter seeks ways to reunite fido with families

Chief unveils new online system for claiming pets at animal shelter

By CLINT FOSTER

It was an emotional scene in the Mineral Wells City Council Chambers on the evening of July 16, when those in attendance watched as Micha Saldana struggled to hold back tears, as she recounted the story of her dogs’ deaths.

Her husband, Mark, stood by her side at that meeting, as they appealed to city council for change at the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter, where workers reportedly euthanized the Saldana’s two beloved puppies after the family said they made multiple attempts to claim them.

On that night city council unanimously approved a policy change for the animal shelter, extendimng the time an animal spent in the shelter to 72-hours – not including the date of pickup or the date of euthanization. While the Saldanas saw this as a small victory, more change came Tuesday night, in the wake of their saga.

In the same spot of the City Hall Annex, where the Saldanas stood just over a month ago, Mineral Wells Chief of Police Dean Sullivan unveiled his new online database for animals impounded at the shelter to a captive audience of council members, public officials and citizens. Thanks to Sullivan’s efforts and help from Daniel

Vargas and his information-technology team, among others, the City of Mineral Wells’ website now has a listing of all the impounded animals at the shelter. Each listing comes complete with a photo, breed information, gender and other pertinent information.

Citizens can access the list on mineralwellstx.gov – on the “Animal Shelter” page, under the “Police Department” link, which is under the departments tab on the homepage.

“There were a couple of things that were brought forward [at the July 16 meeting], especially on the issue of communication and our ability to reunite responsible pet owners with their pets,” Sullivan told council Tuesday.

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