Animal agency gets new name, philosophy

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Columbia County Animal Care and Control is now Animal Services.

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Columbia County Animal Services field supervisor Daniel Mayne (right) watches as animal services officer Russell Swann removes a stray dog from a truck and brings it into the shelter.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
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Columbia County Animal Services field supervisor Daniel Mayne (right) watches as animal services officer Russell Swann removes a stray dog from a truck and brings it into the shelter.

The name change reflects a new philosophy for the agency, said Deputy Administrator Scott Johnson.

"We wanted to separate the enforcement action of Animal Services," he said. "We wanted Animal Services to be a service-rendering department. We didn't want the officers out there enforcing the code."

Animal Services is now under the County Administrator's office, instead of the Emergency and Operations Division.

Former Animal Services manager Linda Fulmer was reassigned to Emergency and Operations as an operations officer. Mr. Johnson now runs the program, and Code Compliance Manager Linda Glasscock will serve as the direct supervisor.

Day-to-day operations of the facility will be handled by Shelter Supervisor Joe Guerin and Field Supervisor Daniel Mayne.

Animal Services officers are no longer authorized to cite those violating animal safety laws.

"If there is any enforcement action that needs to be taken, then they pair up with a code enforcement officer," Mr. Johnson said. "They can cite somebody and take them before the magistrate."

Mr. Johnson wants Animal Services officers out helping pets and pet owners.

"I want them to be proactive in community service work and promoting responsible pet ownership," he said. "We've talked about going into the schools to talk about the importance of spaying and neutering your animals and how to properly care for them."

Mr. Johnson wants to boost the adoption rate, and include a grooming area in a facility set to open this year on Chamblin Road.

"I want to get away from the stigma of a dog pound," he said.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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deekster
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deekster 01/15/10 - 11:27 am
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Ludicrous response!!! "We

Ludicrous response!!! "We didn't want the officers out there enforcing the code." But hey, this is the CC government at work. Let's extend political correctness to animals and a course in "touchie-feelie psychology". CC Code Enforcement is already a joke.

deekster
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deekster 01/15/10 - 11:30 am
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I'm sure the dogs and cats

I'm sure the dogs and cats that participated in the "day long reassessment seminar" at the Rapids Pavilion feel much better. The animals let it be known before the seminar started that they wanted a new "mission statement" and new "goals". The name change was a bonus worked out in the "litter box".

TCB22
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TCB22 01/15/10 - 11:45 am
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Dog grooming at the county

Dog grooming at the county shelter? What's that going to cost taxpayers?

Chillen
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Chillen 01/15/10 - 11:52 am
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I hope we, the taxpayers,

I hope we, the taxpayers, didn't pay some marketing firm any money to come up with this name change.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/15/10 - 12:31 pm
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deekster Don't forget, once

deekster Don't forget, once our regulatory Czar, Cass Sunstein, gets his way, animals will have a right to a fair trial. These dogs and cats could have sued CC.

BOBO
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BOBO 01/15/10 - 04:22 pm
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what a waste of money....

what a waste of money.... MANY CHIEFS FEW INDIANS>>>>>WASTE

Aceman
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Aceman 01/16/10 - 10:31 am
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Deekster, why do you say code

Deekster, why do you say code enforcement is a joke. Did they catch you violating the code and write you a ticket? Your whining sounds like someone who doesn't think the code should apply to them.

cathieisgood
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cathieisgood 01/18/10 - 12:54 pm
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If they want to boost

If they want to boost adoption, how about leaving your facility open longer hours and have someone there on holidays when people have time to go look?

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