Service Area Strategic Plan
4/17/2014   2:49 pm
Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (301)
Biennium:
Service Area 1 of 1
Animal Welfare (301 531 04)
Description

Products and services include:
-A statewide program that promotes the proper care, husbandry and treatment of animals in Virginia;
-Conducts unannounced inspections of the 109 municipal pound and 37 private shelter facilities in the Commonwealth; and
-Provides information and professional assistance on a statewide basis to diverse animal interest groups (e.g. agriculture industries, companion animal industries, wildlife and humane interest groups, etc.).
Background Information
Mission Alignment and Authority
  • Describe how this service supports the agency mission
    Ensure the humane treatment and care of all animals, including those in pounds and shelters, throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, which aligns with the mission of providing agricultural and consumer protection services.
  • Describe the Statutory Authority of this Service
    Title 3.2, Chapter 65 of the Comprehensive Animal Care Laws.

    §3.2-6546 authorizes the State Veterinarian to inspect animal shelters, pounds, boarding establishments, kennels, pet shops, dealers, exhibitors, or groomers to provide proper care and protection of animals.

    §3.2-6556 mandates the State Veterinarian approve training for basic training for animal control officers and continuing education.
Customers
Agency Customer Group Customer Customers served annually Potential annual customers
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock Dealers 230 300
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock markets 29 35
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Cattle 25,200 26,000
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Equine 41,000 45,000
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Goats 3,934 4,000
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Poultry 5,283 6,000
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Sheep 1,800 2,000
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Swine 800 900
Pounds, shelters and local animal control agencies Municipal pounds and private shelter entities 146 160
Veterinary practitioners and clinics Veterinary practices 913 950
Veterinary practitioners and clinics Veterinary practitioners 2,482 2,600

Anticipated Changes To Agency Customer Base
None.
Partners
Partner Description
[None entered]
Products and Services
  • Factors Impacting the Products and/or Services:
    -Changing personnel in management positions.
    -Changing status of animal pounds/shelters related to construction of new facilities, merging of animal facilities of local governing bodies, and complex contractual relationships between animal control entities.
    -Considerable volume of animal cruelty and welfare complaints and requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Anticipated Changes to the Products and/or Services
    -Agency developing a system to record training history of Animal Control Officers.
    -Agency advising the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on suitability of pet friendly emergency shelter facilities.
  • Listing of Products and/or Services
    • Customer assistance: provide information to livestock markets on animal welfare and humane handling; provide information for local governing bodies regarding the Comprehensive Animal Care Laws and animal welfare; assist Animal Control Officers in investigations and offer technical advice regarding animal care; consult individuals with complaints relating to animal care and welfare laws; provide technical expertise to entities that train/certify Animal Control Officers.
    • Inspection and enforcement: inspect livestock markets to ensure compliance with animal welfare laws; inspect animal pounds and shelters annually; maintain training records for Animal Control Officers; review plans for animal pound and shelter facilities; assist local Animal Control Officers with their investigations of complaints of animal care and/or cruelty; develop new training standards for Animal Control Officers and approve basic and continuing education courses for Animal Control Officers; establish approved methods and chemicals for humane euthanasia of animals; establish approved methods and chemicals for immobilization of animals.
Finance
  • Financial Overview
    [Nothing entered]
  • Financial Breakdown
    FY 2011    FY 2012
      General Fund     Nongeneral Fund        General Fund     Nongeneral Fund  
    Base Budget $184,954 $0    $184,954 $0
    Change To Base -$2,363 $0    -$2,363 $0
               
    Service Area Total   $182,591  $0     $182,591  $0 
Human Resources
  • Human Resources Overview
    [Nothing entered]
  • Human Resource Levels
    Effective Date      
    Total Authorized Position level 0    
    Vacant Positions 0    
    Current Employment Level 0.0    
    Non-Classified (Filled)    
    Full-Time Classified (Filled)    breakout of Current Employment Level
    Part-Time Classified (Filled)    
    Faculty (Filled)    
    Wage    
    Contract Employees    
    Total Human Resource Level 0.0   = Current Employment Level + Wage and Contract Employees
  • Factors Impacting HR
    [Nothing entered]
  • Anticipated HR Changes
    [Nothing entered]
Service Area Objectives
 
  • Strengthen compliance with Virginia’s Comprehensive Animal Laws, prevent cruelty to animals and promote humane care and treatment of animals.
    Objective Description
    Strengthen compliance with Virginia’s Comprehensive Animal Care Laws, prevent cruelty to animals and promote humane care and treatment of animals by conducting at least one inspection of each of the 146 animal pound and shelter facilities, monitor Animal Control Officer training standards and provide local jurisdictions assistance in investigations concerning commercial dog breeding and animal fighting. Inspections conducted by one staff member serving as the pound/shelter inspector allows inspections to be conducted in a timely fashion without interruption. Training standards improve education of Animal Control Officers and thereby enhances capabilities to efficiently enforce animal laws for the welfare of Virginia’s animal populations. Provision of veterinary technical services to local law enforcement enhances prosecution of animal fighters and violators of commercial breeder statutes.
    Alignment to Agency Goals
    • Agency Goal: Provide agricultural and consumer protection services that support economic growth, meet consumer needs, and encourage environmental stewardship.
      Comment: Aligns with long term objective # 7 – Protects the public’s safety and security, ensuring a fair and effective system of justice and providing a prepared response to emergencies and disasters of all kinds.
    Objective Strategies
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will, upon request, provide technical advice and expertise to Animal Control Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, Commonwealth’s Attorneys, and localities to support the enforcement of the Comprehensive Animal Laws through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will employ an inspector to conduct pound and shelter inspections, will monitor remediation of deficiencies, and will enforce compliance with Virginia’s Comprehensive Animal Laws and regulations by working with local officials and by assessing civil penalties when appropriate through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will cooperate with criminal justice academies and other training entities in the Commonwealth to approve training for Animal Control Officers through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will provide localities with guidance on and offer euthanasia certification classes to Animal Control Officers through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will work closely with the localities to ensure data entry of dangerous dogs into the Virginia Dangerous Dog Registry through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will revise and publish in the Virginia Register of Regulations, the Pound and Shelter Civil Penalty Matrix that will be used by the State Veterinarian to assess civil penalties for violations of the Comprehensive Animal Laws through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will communicate with federal, state and local officials to facilitate enforcement of state and federal commercial breeder laws and regulations through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Service will employ a licensed veterinarian with technical expertise concerning animal fighting and companion animal care to provide technical assistance to local jurisdictions through June 30, 2012.
    Link to State Strategy
    • nothing linked
    Objective Measures
    • Percentage of pound and shelters inspected.
      Measure Class:
      Other
      Measure Type:
      Output
      Measure Frequency:
      Annual
      Preferred Trend:
      Maintain
      Measure Baseline Value:
      100
      Date:
      6/30/2009

      Measure Baseline Description: 100% of pounds and shelters inspected in FY 09

      Measure Target Value:
      100
      Date:
      6/30/2012

      Measure Target Description: Maintain at 100% the inspection rate of pounds and shelters

      Data Source and Calculation: Pound and shelter inspection reports.


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