Kristin Graham continued in her fifth year as our animal control officer. Kristin Graham’s main responsibility focuses on animal cases, with emphasis on code violations pertaining to dogs. During 2008 she responded or assisted in 572 animal related calls. Of those, 42 were related to vicious dog incidents. In addition to animal incidents, Kristin responded to 44 weed complaints, 199 abandon bicycle retrievals, and she investigated 124 snow complaints because of sidewalk obstructions. A separate responsibility that Kristin performs exceptionally as our animal control officer is to deploy our radar trailer throughout the City. She was able to deploy the trailer 100 days during the year. This essential tool is a key part of our traffic and community policing efforts to reduce accidents, bring awareness to speed limits, and make our streets safe.
The department continues to work in a partnership though a personal services agreement with the Humane Society of the Palouse. The City of Moscow supports the Animal Shelter with fiscal funds to keep the shelter functional. For fiscal year 07-08 the City of Moscow distributed $41,360.00 to support personnel costs for the Humane Society, $6,344.34 was required for shelter utilities, sanitation expenses were $2,677.49, and $523.67 was spent for building maintenance.
For the year the Animal Shelter took in 373 cats and 469 dogs. The shelter was able to return 28 cats and 273 dogs to their owners. In addition, 252 cats and 172 dogs were adopted. At the end of December the shelter had 71 cats and 21 dogs remaining in the kennel for adoption.