Announcing Ian Hallett, Hillsborough County Director of Animal Services, starting June 18, 2012

May 7, 2012 at 12:21 am 5 comments

Ian HallettWe’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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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michelle Ferrera  |  May 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    So, if animals are going to be pulled for rescue prior to seven days as stated in your article, how are lost animals going to have a chance to be redeemed by their owners? Also, referring to euthanasia solution by using a cutesy nickname is making light of the tragedy, and is not the attitude that those who have to carry out the sad task have. Euthanasia solution is also pink in color, so the comment isn’t entirely accurate either. I just hope that animals aren’t rapidly placed in another irresponsible home or subjected to overcrowding and the accompanying infectious disease outbreaks that result, all in the name of being “no-kill”. I also hope that lost house cats that are frightened aren’t called “feral” and dumped out on the street in the name of “trap/neuter/release”. The animals well being should be the ultimate concern, and I am all for getting pets placed in good lasting homes.

    • 2. actampa  |  May 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Any of the above ideas will never be implemented without looking at all the downsides and if never instituted if its not the best thing for the animal. ACT is only reporting on what some Save90 / No Kill open shelters have worked out.

      And i dont think that the name is cutesy. I think it is horrible. BTW, it comes in both blue and pink. And the comments are not ever going to pass a litmus test because they are only comments and this organization does not have the authority to put those kinds of processes in place.

      Probably your fears would subside if you could speak to the many places and communities that have already made this work. the detail of the 34 (wait, one more joined “no kill” yesterday, so its 35 can be found under the resources section of the site called

      I am happy to hear that you agree that the animals should be our ultimate concern. And most of us agree that that ultimate concern should start with keeping them alive.

      Thanks for caring, Michelle! Linda

  • 3. John D. Marinello  |  May 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Hillsborough County has made a great hire! I have no doubt that the save rate will move quickly up from the dismal 34% they currently have. Ian has played an important role in helping Austin reach 90% and with our help he can do it here! Welcome Back to Florida Ian!

  • 4. meg1974  |  May 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    This is amazing – what a find! We’re so lucky to have a someone with this kind of experience to help our local animals. We’ve been working so hard to lower our euthanasia rate for many years, and it will be wonderful to finally make some major progress. I can’t wait to see what Mr. Hallett will bring to the area, and I hope others are willing to embrace the changes as well.

  • 5. Joyce  |  May 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    This is great addition and I am happy to hear that the goal is “no kill” Those who are worried about finding their lost pet should have them microchipped and make sure they have collar with id so when found they can rejoin their family.


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