16.2 Animal Enforcement, Compliance and Owner Responsibility
This indicator is part of Safe homes for pets.
This indicator notes six different measures of animal owner responsibility, community compliance and enforcement. Animal responsibility measures include the total number of spay/neuter procedures conducted by or contracted through the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department, the number of animals microchipped in compliance with the law, and the percent of live exits from the Albuquerque Animal Care Centers. Live exits include adoptions and animals which are returned to their owners. Animal enforcement and compliance includes the number of calls for service regarding barking dogs, allegations of abuse, the number of licenses sold to animal owners, and the number of citations issued by animal enforcement officers.
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Why is this indicator relevant?
Animal ownership has many benefits to humans. Studies demonstrate that pet ownership can decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and ease feelings of loneliness. Pets also increase opportunities for socialization, and exercise and outdoor activities. Along with the benefits of animal ownership, however, come responsibilities. Owners are responsible for the care and feeding of their pets, along with veterinary care. Pet ownership responsibilities also include obligations to the community, which include having pets spayed or neutered, implanted with a microchip to ensure the animal's safe return in case of runaway or lost pet, and the purchase of the appropriate licenses.
City of Albuquerque, Animal Welfare Department.
What can we tell from the data?
- Each of the measures shows a positive local trend.
- The number of spay/neuter procedures is up, as is the number of animals microchipped and the percent of live exits from the shelter.
- Calls for service are down since Fiscal Year 2010 and the number of licenses sold is up. Citations issued is flat in the most recent Fiscal Year.
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