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<br /> M I NUT E S <br />e City Council Work Session <br /> Treehouse Restaurant <br /> September 12, 1983 <br /> 5 p.m. <br /> PRESENT: Betty Smith, Chair; Dick Hansen, John Ball, Mark Lindberg, Cynthia <br /> Wooten, Councilors; Mike Gleason, City Manager; Barbara Bellamy, <br /> Public Information Director; Pat Lynch, Council Administrator; Karen <br /> Goldman, Assistant City Recorder; Dr. Ann Samsel 1 , staff veterinarian, <br /> Eugene Spay and Neuter Clinic; Dr. DuWayne Penfold, Eugene veterinarian; <br /> Warren Wong, Finance Director; Fred Webb, KUGN; Mark Matassa, Don <br /> Bischoff, Henny Willis, Register-Guard; members of the general public. <br /> Councilor Smith opened the meeting with a brief comment on the procedure at <br /> council work session meetings that allows for informal input and discussion of <br /> issues on the agenda. <br /> I. SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC <br /> Councilor Lindberg began the presentation with a brief chronological history <br /> of the City of Eugene's involvement in the clinic from 1976 to 1981. Although <br />e the City first entered the business in 1977, it was not until 1980 that they <br /> totally took over operation of the program. He continued by stating that the <br /> purpose of clinic operation was to decrease pet over-population, to prevent <br /> potential community health problems by providing innoculations, and to help <br /> stabilize expenditures by reducing the pet population. <br /> Dr. Samsel 1 , staff veterinarian at the Spay and Neuter Clinic located in the <br /> Animal Regulatory Agency shelter, reported on activities at the clinic. She <br /> began by explaining the daily schedule that consisted of surgeries in the <br /> morning, and vaccinations and surgical consulting in the afternoon. Using flip <br /> charts, Dr. Samsell explained clinic caseloads in surgeries and vaccinations for <br /> a three-year period. She noted that there had been a 22 percent drop in surgeries <br /> performed from 1980-81 to both 1982 and 1983, as well as a drop in vaccinations. <br /> In referring to budget figures, she noted that there had been a drop in both <br /> revenue and expenditures; the expenditure reduction was explained by a reduction <br /> in staff. The revenue of $106,784 for 1983 consisted of approximately $55,000 <br /> from surgeries and $52,000 from vaccinations. To monitor the effects of spay/ <br /> neuter programs, Dr. Samsell compared statistics of five (out of a total of 34) <br /> publicly operated animal control agencies, including Eugene, that included the <br /> number of animals handled and surgeries performed. There was a significant drop <br /> in the number of animals handled by regulatory agencies from 1980 to 1982 in <br /> those cities having a public spay/neuter program. Figures from the Lane County <br /> Animal Regulatory Agency showed a 50 percent drop in animals admitted and <br /> euthanized in the same two-year period. Dr. Samsell concluded that the impact <br /> of the spay/neuter program in this area was evident by the reduction in animal <br /> control business. <br />- <br /> MINUTES--Eugene City Council September 12, 1983 Page 1 <br />
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