“Now we have the ability for our public to check the impounded animals’ list,” he said. “It’s a first step. It’s not a perfect system. It’s not fancy like some of the big-city stuff, but it is something we’ve evolved, with the tools that we have. It’s a quantum leap forward, from my point of view.”
In the new system, an owner can claim his or her pet by simply clicking a prominent “Click to claim” button under the animal’s picture and, then, filling out a form. Sullivan explained that this is a web-dependent form, so an email address is not necessary to claim a pet.Once the form is completed, the system will notify the shelter and the dog will be held in the system.
Sullivan also informed council he is in the process of perfecting an additional form on the site that allows people to report lost, missing or found pets.
He said he has spent a great deal of time adjusting calculations in the MWPD’s Animal Shelter module in their crimes database. Now, as soon as an animal is impounded, an “available date” appears on its intake form. He added that nothing can be done regarding the disposition of an animal until after three days. The only exception is if the dog must be put to sleep out of veterinary necessity, in which case the shelter will need to supply
Sullivan with an explanation he can audit.
Sullivan also has orchestrated other improvements to the shelter system. At the meeting, he noted a sign is now prominently displayed on the shelter’s front window, alerting the public to the facility’s hours.Currently these are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week, unless they hire a third shelter employee.