Announcing Ian Hallett, Hillsborough County Director of Animal Services, starting June 18, 2012
We’re excited to annouce the most important news that we’ve had in about a decade. On Friday, May 4, 2012, our county made an official announcement of a new director for Hillsborough County Animal Services, a position that had been open since Bill Armstrong retired last summer. The new Director, Ian Hallett, known as “Deputy Dan” in his current position at Austin, Texas’s Animal Services, brought his local community from a save rate of 45% to 90% within the first year of going No Kill in 2010.
“We are ecstatic”, beamed Jack Talman, an advocate for lowering the euthanasia rate of our local dogs and cats. Talman has been known for years as the man that “walks the green mile” daily at Animal Services, trying to pull as many dogs and cats as he can to find fosters and rescue groups for before their 7 days are up. Seven days is the amount of time about 65% of our county’s animals have to live before facing the fatal shot, known as the “blue juice” to those close to the practice. Starting June 18 th, his green mile won’t leave him feeling so heavy-hearted at the end of the day.
Hallett’s message to Hillsborough County is inspiring: “During my tenure (at Austin Animal Services), one of the goals of the Austin community was reducing the number of euthanized animals. When I started there, the save rate was under 40%. Currently, the save rate is 90%. While that may seem like an unattainable goal, I have firsthand knowledge of the process and bring that valuable knowledge to Hillsborough County. I will do my part to ensure that it is a thoughtful, gradual, and inclusive process”
Mr. Hallett begins on June 18, 2012.
Read the official announcement from the County Commissioners.
Read a great synopsis of the hiring detail.
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