Sound Off: What do you do about lost or stray dogs from 5 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday when no one in animal control is working? Why can’t there be someone on duty to come pick up an animal when they need to be picked up?
Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: The city employs three animal control officers who staff the division seven days a week, eight to 12 hours a day. Additional on-duty hours are covered by the staff on Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., city holidays excluded. If there is only one officer on duty, the duty hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is an officer on call during off-duty hours for emergency situations. Contact dispatch, 832-7509, to report an animal at-large.