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Norfolk council wants fewer animals euthanized

December 4, 2013 by Christy

The City Council is eager to see a reduction in the number of animals euthanized at the city’s shelter.

After nearly two years of discussion, council members say they want to see an improvement in the city’s save rate, the percentage of animals not euthanized at the city’s shelter. The rate has been about the same the past two years: 54 percent in 2011 and 53 percent in 2012.

Norfolk City Manager told the council last year that city staff would work toward gradually increasing the save rate. Councilman Andy Protogyrou said at a Tuesday council meeting that he expects the administration to make real on that promise.

“To say that it’s close isn’t good enough,” he said. “Tell me it’s close and you failed.”

The council delayed further discussion on the issue until the first of the year, when the updated save rate will be available.

The city prix viagra pharmacie formed the Animal Advisory Board earlier this year to identify ways to improve animal care in Norfolk. That board has passed along several proposals, including a recommendation that the city adopt a “trap,

neuter, release” (TNR) program.

The director of general services, tried to give a presentation on those proposals Tuesday, but some council members took issue with the staff’s position on the legality of TNR.

City staff referenced an attorney general opinion that it said determined TNR is not authorized under state law. Protogyrou, an attorney, said he read that opinion differently.

Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, also an attorney, said he relies on the City Attorney’s Office to draw legal conclusions. Fraim added that Protogyrou is overlooking another hurdle: He might not have the five votes needed to pass TNR.

Norfolk City Manager said his office has made no decision on the board’s recommendations. The staff report issued in October said there was not enough funding or information available to justify the city’s support for several of the proposals.

“I don’t want to

know how we can’t,” Protogyrou said. “I want to know how we can.”

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