Wednesday, July 21, 2021

July 20, 2021 Meeting of the Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission

 Hi, everyone,

Here a wrap-up of our July meeting. We covered a lot.

                                                       JULY 2021 AGENDA

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call (Determination of a quorum)-Commission members in attendance were Deborah Stone Hess, Bob Swensen, Chris Shaughness, Sarah Hardy, Rene Varela, Louis Eguzo, Steve Malan, Roy Plummer, and Maryanne Martin Bailey.  Also attending was Chief of Animal services Dr. Sandra Andrulis.

3. Approval of June 2021 minutes-Here are the minutes as approved:

BALTIMORE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES

ADVISORY COMMISSION

June 15, 2021

The fifty-seventh regular meeting of the Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission was held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 via GoogleMeet.

Members in attendance were: Deborah Stone Hess, Chris Shaughness, Sarah Hardy, Bob Swensen, Louis Eguzo, Rene Varela, Roy Plummer and Maryanne Bailey.

Other attendees: Dr. Andrulis.

This meeting was called to order at 6:31 p.m. by the Chair Deborah Stone Hess.

Minutes

May minutes were approved.

Old Business:

The volunteer training videos are complete. 

Steve Malan followed up by speaking with reps of the Friends of Baltimore County Cats and friends of Baltimore County Dogs. 

New Business:

Deborah shared that Joy Freedman has passed away. Joy was an original member of the Commission and contributed greatly to its work. Sbe will be missed terribly by all who k new her. 

Dr. Andrulis update:

The Volunteer Coordinator has resigned. 

The shelter has completely reopened to the public. 

It is asked that visitors/staff wear masks if they are not vaccinated. 

Surrenders are still appointment only and this seems to be working well. In emergencies, if someone needs to surrender immediately, arrangements are made. 

 Kitten season is here. Kittens  are adopted quickly. 

Review of May BAWA stats. Deborah and the shelter were using different methods to compute stats.

July’s meeting will be the 5th anniversary since the beginning of the Commission. It will be time for election of Chair.

It’s time to work on the Annual Report. Goal is to have it ready in September. Chris, Bob and Rene volunteered to help with the report.

Chris asked about the status of possible TNR legislation.   Deborah said she had reached out to Sam O’Neill in Johnny O’s office to get a status update on that. 

Dr. Andrulis has a meeting about this issue tomorrow. 

Sarah asked if there was a better way to administer medications to dogs as meds the dogs did not swallow have been found in the kennels. She also asked if there is another option besides padlocks (safety concern) for the kennels. Asked for an update on the issue of hot water coming out of cold water spigots at the shelter.  Dr. Andrulis said that this should have been fixed last week and asked Sarah to text her if she is at the shelter and finds that it is not fixed.

Next meeting scheduled virtually for July 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Adjournment at 7:01 p.m.

4. Old Business

a) TNR law-Chris Shaughness, Steve Malan and Deborah Stone Hess met virtually a number of months ago with county reps to discuss this. We received an email this week that indicates this effort is moving forward. Very positive sign.

b) Commission Annual Report-Chris Shaughness, Rene Varela, and Bob Swensen and I will be working on the annual report. We have divvied up subject matter as follows… 

Deb-Introduction (This will include an update on pandemic-related issues and how things are getting somewhat back to normal, the growing cooperation between BCAS and the Commission and the overall perception that things are going well) 

Deb-Statistics including quarterly stats and annual totals

 Chris-Programs that have grown or changed over the last year including the Cat Alternative Placement Program, services to the public like the rabies clinics, spay/neuter clinics, appointment only surrenders and the need for other programs to help the public after they adopt including behavior training, need for more social media and other media outreach

Bob-Big seizures over the last year including the one where they brought in all the snakes and small animals and the recent one where they brought in 48 dogs and had a distemper outbreak as a result

Rene-Volunteer Program including how it’s going, how many volunteers are regularly volunteering, general feeling of volunteers about their relationship with BCAS and efforts that are being made to grow the volunteer program, as well as the series of volunteer training videos Deb made that can now make the training process more uniform

 Deb-TNR and the continuing effort to create a tNR law

Deb-Conclusion

5. New Business

a) Dr. Andrulis-Seizure Update 

Here is a summary of Dr. Andrulis's remarks:

A lot has occurred over last three weeks. There was a large scale seizure of 48 dogs from a local rescue due to a tip from an adopter who said the conditions were deplorable there. Over half of the dogs there were sick and not receiving veterinary care and one had to be euthanized on site.

Immediate diagnoses for many was kennel cough and upper respiratory infection. Then testing revealed the presence of distemper which is a dangerous viral disease with no known cure and it is very contagious. 

The animals were immediately placed in quarantine. 

BCAS initiated testing of every dog. Many of the dogs were puppies and they all began getting sick. 20% died despite treatment. 

Dr. Andrulis was in constant with a doctor who is a professor at University of Florida and is an expert in distemper.to make sure that BCAS was doing everything possible. 

They did testing to determine which dogs showed antibodies to distemper which would indicate they had been vaccinated. 

Those showing antibodies were deemed less likely to get infected and were kept together.

Two dogs showed no antibodies at all and two days after arrival at BCAS they were vaccinated. Still one had a fever today. 

Distemper symptoms can be upper respiratory, gastrointestional problems including diarrhea, then it progresses to neurologic signs and they have seizures

In two days or so she’ll receive a second batch of test results that will tell which dogs have no virus in their systems and some will be eligible to be adopted.

To cope with a shortage of space, strays are being kept at the satellite location in Dundalk which used to be a satellite spay/neuter location. 

Volunteers have been going there to walk the dogs which is so important because the facility was never intended to be used as a shelter and doesn't have runs. The animals are being kept in cages there. 

At BCAS cat adoptions are continuing and the cat population is doing well. 

Sadly two other shelters pulled animals from BCAS before the discovery of the presence of distemper, and one of them (Bmore Humane) has now discovered a dog that it pulled from BCAS has the illness and now Bmore Humane has had to implement quarantine procedures. 

BCAS is currently not accepting surrenders unless it is an emergency as capacity is so limited.

Dr. Andrulis expressed confidence that most of the dogs will pull through.

A major challenge is that dogs with distemper can shed the virus for many weeks post recovery.

One good thing that’s ocme out of this is that the county has seen the need to fill open positions in Animal Services. Two permanent positions were recently filled. There are three temporary positions open, a vet tech position, and the position of Volunteer Coordinator.

b) Person to post strays on FB-Diane Metlin, who for many years has run the Lost and Found Pets in Baltimore County and City is going to be leaving the area in the relatively near future. She reached out and said she would like to see Baltimore County Animal Servicves post their strays on FB and someone has come forward and offered to do this.

c) Election of Chair-Deborah Stone Hess was reelected as Chair.

6. August Hiatus-As we do every year, we will not have a Commission meeting in August because many people are on vacation.

7. September meeting in person? We previously decided to begin meeting in person again in September but with the Delay variant that is still up in the air.

8. Any Other Business? Steve Malan discussed the recent decision in Delaware to turn over all companion animal issues to each of the three counties rather than keep this under the state Dept. of Agriculture jurisdiction.

Steve said many states are watching to see how this goes because he says many Agoicultural Depts don't have the resources to address companion animal issues.

Rene Varela said this can work well in jurisdictions that have the money and resources to handle these duties but that some counties will not be able to afford it. 

9. Visitor Input? Two visitors attended the meeting. One was Jen Lavin Pruitt who praised BCAS efforts to cope with the difficulties of the last few weeks and to keep volunteers informed of what's going on. 

10. Next Meeting Date and Time-The next Commission meeting will be held on September 21, 2021. It remains to be determined whether the meeting will be held virtually. 

11. Adjournment


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

June 15, 2021 Meeting of the Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission

 Hi, everyone,

Here is a wrap-up of what we covered in our June, 2021 meeting.

                                                                        AGENDA 

 

       June 15, 2021 Meeting of the Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission

 

1)      Call to Order

2)      Roll Call-Determination of a Quorum-In attendance at this meeting were Louis Eguzo,  

Roy Plummer, Rene Varela, Chris Shaughness, Maryanne Martin Bailey, Deborah Stone Hess, Sarah Hardy, and Bob Swensen. Also attending was Dr. Sandra Andrulis.


3)      Approval of May 2021 Minutes-Here are the minutes as approved:

BALTIMORE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES

ADVISORY COMMISSION

May 18, 2021

 

The fifty-sixth regular meeting of the Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission was held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 via GoogleMeet.

 

Members in attendance were: Deborah Stone Hess, Chris Shaughness, Sarah Hardy, Bob Swensen, Louis Eguzo, Rene Varela, Roy Plummer, Steve Malan.

 

Other attendees: Jonny Akchin, Jennifer Lavin, Amy McGuirk.

 

This meeting was called to order at 6:32 p.m. by the Chair Deborah Stone Hess.

 

Minutes

 

April minutes were approved.

 

Old Business:

 

Jonny Akchin reviewed volunteer survey results. He wasn’t thrilled with Survey Monkey which only allowed 40 responses and plans to use another survey system for future surveys. Overall responses were positive. A substantial majority of those who responded are very satisfied or satisfied with the volunteer program. Among those who have served three years or more there's more diversity of opinion with just over half satisfied or very satisfied. As for written responses, they range from minor to major critiques. The major complaints are of a lack of communication from staff.

 

New Business:

 

Deborah reviewed BAWA stats for April.

 

Update from Jonny: masks are no longer required at the shelter for those vaccinated. Two new staff members are onboarding. Appointments to surrender an animal continue and will for the foreseeable future. The Cuddle Shuttle needs service. Planning to have the Cuddle Shuttle visit the Ag Center farmers market one time per month. Looking at options for putting a table at the COVID vaccination site.

 

Deborah making volunteer training videos. 

How can this commission help “Friends of” organizations? Steve to act as liaison. 

 

Any interest in meeting in person? Going to start meeting in person in September. 

 

Sarah brought up the concern of empty water bowls. Jonny said he would check into it.

 

Steve shared that Delaware has no more state involvement regarding companion animals. It has been transferred to counties from the Dept of Ag.

 

Next meeting scheduled virtually for June 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Adjournment at 7:20 p.m.


4)      Joy Freedman-Tragically, we have lost one of our Commissiln's original members, Joy Freedman. Joy died after a long battle with cancer. She played a strategic role in the work of this Commission. She was one of the finest people, was passionately dedicated to animals, and, as one speaker said at her funeral, she made a difference. She truly did. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her, and her death is a great loss to the animals of our community. 


5)      Old Business

a) Volunteer Training Videos and New Video- Deborah has completed six volunteer training videos for BCAS. They must be approved by the County before they can be integrated into volunteer orientation. Deborah is now working on a video to train volunteers (and others) to do adoption counseling,


b) Cooperation between Commission and “Friends of” orgs.-Steve Malan-At our May meeting Steve volunteered to be a liaison with the two "Friends of" organizations that help BCAS cats and dogs. He spoke with leaders of those non-profits to let them know the Commission would like to help them in any way we can. Here is his report:

Baltimore County Animal Advisory Commission

Notes on meeting with non-profits

Commission task: I approached both groups with the intent of identifying difficulties each experiences in accomplishing their mission and how the Commission can assist by proposing new laws, statutory regulations, or suggesting changes to Departmental policy or priorities.

Friends of Baltimore County Dogs:  Director indicated that the group is generally pleased with the policy and personnel changes that have occurred within the present administration.  At their recent meeting, there was no opportunity to discuss my outreach to membership.  However, Lori gave her personal opinions on the frustrations that have affected her staff regarding the lack of imposition of monetary or incarceration penalties in cases of animal abuse/neglect. She suggests more stringent application of the penalties and cited recent changes by Cecil County   Lori will provide further information to the Commission after interviewing her staff for their perspectives.

Friends of Baltimore County Cats: Director indicated that the group is highly functional and quite successful in servicing the feline needs of the shelter.  Amy spoke of some difficulties in equipment acquisition procedures. However these are regulations that are not specific to animal needs, but county- wide purchase policy.  Amy has assured the Commission that she will reach out to our subcommittee if further needs are identified.


6)      New Business

a)      Update from Jonny Akchin-Jonny was not able to attend the meeting but Dr. Andrulis was there to provide an update as follows:

Everything at BCAS is open to the public.

Staff is wearing masks if they're not vaccinated.

Volunteer Coordinator Lissette Hernandez has resigned. Balls are in motion to begin filling that position. In the meantime, Jonny Akchin is taking over volunteer coordinator duties.

Kitten season is underway but the shelter Rescue Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator are keeping on top of it. Kittens are quickly adopted.

BCAS has a lot of fosters for the kittens.

The Assistant rescue Coordinator coordinates fosters


b)     Volunteer Coordinator resignation-See above


c)      May BAWA stats (Live Release Rate calculation)-The May stats that were reported to the Baltimore Animal SWelfarew Alliance are below. There is a difference in the way Deborah has been calculating live release rates from the way BCAS calculates them. Deborah does it by the percentage of non-owner requested euthanasia of total intake. BCAS calculates the number by dividing live outcomes by all outcomes minus Owner Requested Euthanasia. 

Here is a summary of the stats with both forms of live release percentage included.


 

   Dogs 

   Cats

Intake

   178

   219

Redeemed

    67 

    7

Adopted

    29

   77

To Rescue

    31

   37

TNR

 

   27

Euth (non- owner requested)

    12

   23

Live Release Rate based on intalke

  

 

93.3%

  

 

89.5%

LIVE RELEASE RATE including animals in shelter at beginning of month

91.4%

   86.5%

 


7)      Election for Chair next month-Next month marks six years since the Commission's first meeting. As we do each year, the July meeting will include election of Commission Chair.


8)      2021 Commission report-It's time to begin planning the Commission's 2021 annual report. Chris, Bob and Rene all offered to help Deborah with the report. 

 

9)      Any Other Business?

Rene asked Dr. Andrulis whether she sees a big difference in the number of microchipped cats vs. microchipped dogs. The answer is a definitive yes.


Sarah Hardy, who volunteers at BCAS, brought up three issues of concern:

1. Is there a better way to medicate thew animals at BCAS? Sarah says she often goes into dog kennels and finds pills that were supposed to have taken but apparently spit out. Dr. Andrulis says this is a difficult problem to manage because there are so many meds given to the animals and BCAS tries numerous ways to disguise them so the animals will swallow them including pill pockets.

2. Sarah mentioned the ongoing problem of hot water coming out of faucets. Dr. Andrulis said she had been told the problem had been fixed and asked Sarah to text her immediately if she encounters this problem  and to let her know what faucet (s) are involved so that she can get Property management to address the problem.

3. Sarah said she was concerned that BCAS uses padlocks in animal cages that could make it difficult to save animals if there is a fire.


10)   Date and Time of Next Meeting-The Commission's next meeting will be held virtually on July 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM. 


11)   Adjournment

 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

May Meeting of the Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission

Hi, everyone, Here's a wrap-up of our May meeting. AGENDA MAY 18, 2021 MEETING OF THE BALTIMORE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMISSION 1) Call to Order 2) Roll Call-Determination of a Quorum-In attendance were Deborah Stone Hess, Chris Shaughness, Roy Plummer, Sarah Hardy, Rene Varela, Bob Swensen, Louis Eguzo, and Steve Malan. Alaso attending was was Deputy Chief of Animal Services Jonny Akchin and our secretary Brandi Miller. 3) Approval of April 2021 Minutes-Here are the minutes as APPROVED: BALTIMORE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMISSION April 20, 2021 The fifty-fifth regular meeting of the Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission was held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 via GoogleMeet. Members in attendance were: Deborah Stone Hess, Chris Shaughness, Sarah Hardy, Bob Swensen, Louis Eguzo, Rene Varela. Other attendees: Dr. Andrulis, Jonny Akchin, Ann Gearhart, Jennifer Lavin. This meeting was called to order at 6:47 p.m. by the Chair Deborah Stone Hess. Minutes March minutes were approved. New Business: Ann Gearhart is leaving the Commission. Taking her seat as an Administrative appointment is Rene Varela. Ann Gearhart has always been a strong advocate for educational outreach and expressed her hope that, once Covid is behind us, BCAS will be able to create new educational outreach programs to the community through schools and libraries. Ann will be missed greatly. Her replacement, Dr. Rene Varela, has been a veterinarian for 20 years and is a lifetime animal lover. Also leaving our Commission is Janice Vincent who is one of the original Commission members. Janice has been a dedicated member of our group and is very passionate about animals. Janice was an appointee of Councilwoman Cathy Bevins. Councilwoman Bevins has chosen Sarah Hardy to replace Janice. Sarah was one of the original people who organized a call for change at BCAS many years ago, well before the current management team was in place. Sarah is a volunteer at BCAS. Commission members reviewed BCAS 1st quarter stats. We learned that BCAS is now open to the public at reduced capacity for adoptions but you still need an appointment to surrender an animal. Jonny Akchin praised the amazing work that was done in the last weeks to find rescue placement for so many animals that came in to BCAS as a result of a seizure in March of over 400 animals, most of them rodents (about 350 rats, 72 guinea pigs, plus mice and hamsters). Many of the animals were sick and had to be euthanized but BCAS found live outcomes for approximately 60% of the animals, which was an extraordinary accomplishment. Jonny credited Anna and Tim for great work in finding placements 2020 TNR Grant from the state is complete. The county is currently paying for Currently doing month to month free TNR Friday walk-ins. Last week BCAS submitted a grant request for TNR that will start providing grant funds to BCAS in January 2022. Deborah introduced a resolution to remind members that the Commission needs to speak with a unified voice and therefore prohibiting Commission members from speaking individually with the news media or posting on social media about issues that are in the Commission's purview. The Commission approved the resolution with additional discussion following. Sarah asked what the Commission can do to help adopters be more successful to prevent animals from being returned. Jonny mentioned that BCAS has begun doing post adoption surveys. Dr. Andrulis mentioned that she has looked into the possibility of linking BCAS adopters with the SPCA which is offering online behavior classes. Deborah is working on a 2nd cat introduction video. Bob thanked Deborah, Jonny and BCAS for their help with a dog that was found in the Hereford area. Sarah suggested the option of live-streaming this meeting. Asked about volunteer retention plan and about a volunteer survey BCAS is conducting. Jonny and Dr. A said they could provide a summary of the findings of that survey. Jonny said there is now an SOP that strays will be named only by the vet team in an effort to reduce animals having multiple names while at BCAS. Next meeting scheduled for May 18, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Adjournment at 7:42 p.m. 4) Old Business 5) a) Volunteer Survey-Jonny Akchin gave information on the volunteer survey recently conducted by BCAS. Here's a summary of his remarks about the survey: He wasn’t rthrilled with Survey Monkey which only allowed 40 responses and plans to use another survey system for future surveys. Overall they had a majority positive response. A substantial majority of those whor esponded are very satisfied or satisfied with the volunteer program. Only 5% said they feel they are in the way of the staff Among those who have served 3 years or more there's more diversity of opinion. Just over half are satisfierd or very satisfied All newcomers are satisfied or very satisfied and feel valued. As for written responses, they range from minor to major critiques. The major complaints say there is a lack of communication from staff in quality and quantity. 6) New Business a) April 2021 BAWA stats-Here are the April 2021 shelter stats as submitted to the Baltimore ANimal Welfarw ALliance (BAWA): Basic Data Matrix April 2021 Species by Age Dogs Cats Total A Live Animal Count at Beginning of Month 54 85 139 Live Intake During Month B Stray/At Large 107 113 220 C Relinquished by Owner 41 48 89 D Owner Requested Euthanasia 20 6 26 E Transferred In From Agency 0 0 0 F Other Intakes 8 27 35 G TOTAL LIVE INTAKE 176 194 370 Disposition During Month H Adoption 39 64 103 I Return to Owner 66 8 74 J Transferred to another Agency 39 28 67 Transferred within BAWA 7 12 19 K Other Live Outcome 0 23 23 L Died/Lost in Care 0 8 8 M Euthanasia - At Owner's Request 21 6 27 N Euthanasia - All other than owner request 20 12 32 O TOTAL DISPOSITION DURING MONTH 192 161 353 P Live Animal Count at End of Month (A+G-O) 38 85 156 Live Release Rate 88.3% 91.8% 89.9% b) Update from Dr. Andrulis- Deborah spoke with Dr.Andrulis for an update and here is a summary: Still doing appts. for surrender Makes sense to continue doing managed intake going forward. This allows them to provide resources over the phone that may be able to prevent the need for surrender. If the pet owner is having an emergency BCAS will allow them to surrender right azway. will let them come right away if its an emergency BCAS had a volumnteer meeting and a vol appreciation even. BCAS held its first off-site event since COVID last saturday They have gotten ther ok to bring the Cuddle Shuttle to vaccination sites because there are so many people going in and coming out of there. the Cuddle Shuttle hasn’t been used and will be undergoing maintenance and repairs but they did go to a vaccine site and set up a table to give information. This led to a family coming in and adopting two kittens BCAS hopes to set up more off site events for the Cuddle Shuttle They have approval to set up a table at the farmers market at the ag center first firsay of every month Need to ramp up to do more Dr. A wants to do some kind of continuing education for the volunteers… Several initiatoives are being piut forward for the volunteer program c) Volunteer Training Videos-Deborah is making six volunteer training videos for use by the volunteer program in training new volunteers. d) Kuranda bed fundraiser-Friends of Baltimore COunty Dogs recently held as fundraiser to buy new kuranda beds for the dogs and several Commission members contributed. e) Committee to explore ways to support “Friends of” organizations-Steve Malan is going to act as a liaison with the "Friends of": organizations to see if there's anything else the COmmission can do to help them. f) Meet Indoors? The COmmission is going to resume indoor meetings this coming September. 7) Any Other Business? 8) Date and Time of Next Meeting Our next virtual Commission meeting will be held on 15th at 6:30 pm. 9) Adjournment

Friday, March 19, 2021

March 16, 2021 meeting of the Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission

 Hi, everyone,

Here's a wrap-up off our latest meeting. Meetings are still being held via zoom.

                                 Agenda

1 Call to Order

2. Roll Call-Determination of a quorum-Members in attendance were Deborah Stone Hess, Roy Plummer, Janice Vincent, Steve Malan, Chris Shaughness, Bob Swensen, and Ann Gearhart.

Also in attendance were Chiefg of Animal Services es Dr. Sandra Andrulis and Deputy Chief of Animal Services Jonny Akchin.

3. Approval of February 2021 Minutes-Minutes were approved. Here are the minutes as approved:

BALTIMORE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMISSION

                                            February 16, 2021

The fifty-third regular meeting of the Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission was held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 via Zoom.

Members in attendance were: Deborah Stone Hess, Roy Plummer, Chris Shaughness, Ann Gearhart, Maryanne Bailey, and Louis Eguzo.

This meeting was called to order at 6:39 p.m. by the Chair Deborah Stone Hess.

Minutes

January minutes were approved.

New Business: =

Deborah and Chris Shaughness and Steve Malan held a Zoom meeting with representatives of the county to discuss the Commission’s recommendation for a TNR law in Baltimore County.

Chris said the information shared by the Commission was very well received. 

Deborah reviewed the status of animal-related legislation being considered by the General Assembly. 

The next Commission meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Adjournment at 6:57 p.m.


4. New Business

a. Animal Seizure-Jonny Akchin provides info-BCAS recently participated in a very large animal seizure and Jonny gave details as follows:

March 1, 2021 Baltimore City Animal Control notified BCAS of an animal cruelty offender residing in Baltimore County who was violating a no contact with animals probation condition. He was staying there but did not own the home. He was advertising for sale many small animals on instagram and basically running an unlicensed pet store out of a Parkville home. BCAS executed a warrant on March 4. 

They seized over 300 animals...snakes, mice, rabbits, pigs, rabbits, chickens, turtles, tortoises, hamsters, geckos,  =pigs and  bearded dragons. Many of the animals were intended to be snake foo the home owners had numerous snakes, including a 15 foot python. 

There were sheds on the property and the condition of the sheds was terrible. Many animals in the sheds were emaciated...some were dead. The original target of the warrant is in jail now. He will serve the rest of his probation in jail.

While the snakes were owned by the owners of the home (not the probation violator) BCAS felt it appropriate to seize the snakes because of the condition of the sheds on the property. The snakes don't appear to be mistreated.

BCAS also seized pigs and dogs which were not mistreated. The dogs may be returned to the home owners.However, the owners were not allowed to have pigs  at a row home in Baltimore County.

The owners have agreed to allow BCAS to find homes for the small animals.

BCAS has had to make a lot of workarounds to handle all the animals. 

Jonny said he was throughly impressed with how all the BCAS staff have handled this. Also the volunteers have been reaching out to the community and have gotten cages donated, etc.

.b. February 2021 BAWA Stats-These are monthly stats submitted to the Baltimore Animal welfare Alliance. Here are those stats:

Basic Data Matrix
February 2021
Species by AgeDogsCatsTotal
ALive Animal Count at Beginning of Month3567102
 Live Intake During Month   
BStray/At Large5572127
CRelinquished by Owner313970
DOwner Requested Euthanasia14519
ETransferred In From Agency000
FOther Intakes426
GTOTAL LIVE INTAKE104118222
 Disposition During Month   
HAdoption263763
IReturn to Owner24226
JTransferred to another Agency193756
 Transferred within BAWA31013
KOther Live Outcome088
LDied/Lost in Care000
MEuthanasia - At Owner's Request10616
NEuthanasia - All other than owner request151530
OTOTAL DISPOSITION DURING MONTH97115212
     
PLive Animal Count at End of Month (A+G-O)4270112
  

c. Dr. Andrulis update-BCAS has had another kitten incubator donated...this one by the McCurdy family. Tom McCurdy was a long-time volunteer at BCAS and the incubator has been donated in his honor.

The BCAS website is up and running well.

New volunteers are coming on board...19 are scheduled for orientation.

Dr. Andrulis has submitted a proposal for a working cat building. if funding is awarded this housing would provide an indoor and outdoor open space for the cats to be held rather than in cages. 

BCAS has been given a  MD Agriculture Dept. grant for TNR for 2022. . They were not able to get an additional grant for low-income spay/neuter. BCAS does not have funding for the rest of the year for TNR. Dr. A is trying to get approval to do TNR for the rest of the year. Funding will run out for TNR for this year within a week. 

d. New video for BCAS-Deborah is getting ready to work with BCAS to produce another video...this one about how to introduce an adopted second cat to your home.

5.  Roy’s birthday-Roy just celebrated his 65th birthday. Happy birthday, Roy!

6. Any other business?

7. Next meeting date and time Our next meeting will be held on April 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm  via Zoom.

8. Adjourn