San Angelo Animal Shelter gets perfect score from state inspector

A state inspection by the Texas Department of Health Services resulted in a perfect score for the City of San Angelo’s Animal Shelter. Dr. Ken Waldrop, state health inspector and licensed veterinarian, gave positive marks to the shelter in each of the 45 areas in which it was graded. These areas included waste disposal, management, record-keeping, sanitation, feeding, sheltering and care of the animals. The shelter received a satisfactory rating overall, the top rating given during inspections.

2015 and 2016 reports can be found on cosatx.us/animals.

According to a release from the City, Waldrop told shelter staff that he was impressed with the smell, cleaniness and overall operation of the shelter. A noted concern of Waldrop’s in a written comment was that “Noise is an issue in the main kennel.”

After exploring dampening the reverberation of the sound of barking dogs in the kennels, City officials found the cost would be approximately $200,000. In 2015, the kennels were closed to the public and the shelter instead offers a lobby kiosk where citizens can view photos of lost and adoptable pets and interact with them in a visitation room.

City Neighborhood and Family Services Department Assistant Director James Flores said that stopping the continual flow of visitors through the kennel area has reduced the barking greatly and provides a less stressful environment that improves dogs’ health.

2016’s inspection report, which improved on 2015’s report, is the latest in recent achievements to the shelter, the release said.

The shelter’s euthanasia rate dropped to 26 percent in December, which is a new low for the shelter. The euthanasia rate, prior to March 2015, when Flores began oversight of the shelter, was typically 60-70 percent. The release said that the number of animals accepted has decreased while the number of adopted pets has increased within the same time frame.

The shelter’s new veterinarian, Dr. Kuppe Nagaraj, began performing spay and neuter procedures at the shelter on Feb. 12.

The City’s spay/neuter ordinance will go into effect April 1, at which time, the shelter will begin offering low cost spay/neuter services for pets of qualifying low-income families.

For more information, go to cosatx.us/animals.

Click the links to see corresponding data and the inspection report.

Shelter numbers

State inspection report