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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
County

Napa County
Measure A - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

39,862 votes yes (71.19%)

16,134 votes no (28.81%)

100% of precincts reporting (167/167).

Requirements Expected of the Animal Shelter
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SHALL NAPA COUNTY ORDINANCE NO. 2016-03 BE ADOPTED? (Compromise ordinance requiring the Animal Shelter to do the following in a cost effective way: (i) prepare behavioral and medical evaluations for impounded or surrendered dogs, cats and rabbits before destruction, (ii) work with non-profit animal organizations, (iii) provide veterinary care, socialization, and exercise, and (v) publish a list of nonprofit animal organizations and a list of statistical release rates of dogs, cats, and rabbits.)

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Minh C. Tran, Napa County Counsel

COUNTY COUNSEL’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE A
The Napa County Board of Supervisors has placed Measure “A” on the ballot as an alternative to Measure B. Measure B is an initiative placed on the ballot by private citizens after obtaining the required number of signatures. Both Measures amend section 6.04.230 of the Napa County Code to require the Napa County Animal Shelter (Shelter) to take certain steps before euthanizing impounded or surrendered dogs, cats or rabbits. Measure A is nearly verbatim to Measure B with differences outlined below.

Existing Law. State law regulates the operation of public animal shelters, mandating the levels of care, redemption periods to owners of the animals prior to euthanasia, and reporting. Existing law requires that dogs, cats and rabbits be released to non-profit animal rescue or adoption organizations if requested. Existing law also requires Animal Shelter staff to determine whether an animal has behavioral issues that would make the animal unsuitable for adoption, and to provide the animal with necessary veterinary care, nutrition, and shelter.

Effect on Existing Law. Measure A would require the Shelter to do the following:
1. Require written behavioral and medical evaluations be provided to the public and to non-profit 501(c)(3) animal welfare organizations (“animal welfare organizations”) for all impounded and owner-surrendered dogs, cats, and rabbits before destruction;
2. Provide notice to animal welfare organizations of material adoption challenges and complete a mitigation plan addressing those challenges. Measure A does not have a 48 hour notification requirement for providing notice of adoption challenges, Measure B does;
3. Provide prompt veterinary care, socialization, exercise, and reasonable accommodation to special needs animals;
4. Seek live outcomes. Measure B requires the Shelter to use all available resources in doing so; Measure A does not;
5. Provide 48 hour notice to animal welfare organizations prior to destruction of an animal;
6. Permit release of impounded or surrendered animals scheduled for destruction to animal welfare organizations upon request;
7. Require two County personnel to determine the Shelter acted in accordance with the ordinance and to sign an acknowledgement and consent to euthanize the animal; and

8. Publish a list of animal welfare organizations requesting notice of animals scheduled for destruction and post live release rates as specified in the Measure.
Animals suspected of carrying rabies, a dangerous dog, and animals experiencing irremediable physical suffering are exempt from the above requirements. Measure B requires that the determination of whether a dog is dangerous would be made by a court. Measure A requires the determination be made either by qualified Shelter staff using a “bite scale” or similar industry standard, or by a dog trainer or behaviorist provided by a non-profit organization, at no cost to the Shelter. Measure A also requires a licensed veterinarian to determine if an animal is experiencing irremediable physical suffering.

A YES VOTE MEANS you want to impose the above requirements on the Shelter.

A NO VOTE MEANS you do not want to impose the above requirements on the Shelter.

s/Minh C. Tran
County Counsel

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE A
Join the Napa County Board of Supervisors, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, and Wine Country Animal Lovers, in voting “YES” on Measure A. Passage of Measure A will change the Napa County code to increase adoptions from the Napa County Animal Shelter and thus reduce the number of dogs, cats and rabbits euthanized.

WHY IT MATTERS
Our animals play an integral part in our community, and this measure will better match the philosophy and practices of the Napa County Animal Shelter with those of the people of Napa County. It is a better alternative than Measure B because it resolves uncertainty regarding what is required and improves the process of making determinations for affected animals.

CARE and ASSESSMENT
The measure requires that the shelter provide appropriate care and assessment to all dogs, cats, and rabbits in the shelter, that a written evaluation be performed by staff and made available to the public, including a mitigation plan when an animal is determined to have adoption challenges.

PARTNERSHIP
This measure requires the shelter to work in partnership with local rescue organizations, and it provides transparency regarding decisions made about animals.
The shelter is required to notify animal rescue organizations at least 48 hours prior to euthanasia, except in the case of animals that are irremediably suffering, are dangerous, or have rabies. The shelter must provide a written determination that euthanasia is appropriate, but is not required to hold any animals beyond the 48 hour notice period.

TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
The measure requires written records that are publicly accessible, and ongoing reporting of live release rates and other relevant information.
An informed public, accountability, and enhanced partnerships with rescue organizations will result in increased live release rates for our dogs, cats, and rabbits.
Vote “YES” to improve how we treat our animals! Vote “YES” on Measure A!

/s/Alfredo Pedroza, 
Chair, Napa County Board of Supervisors
/s/Diane Dillon, Supervisor, Napa County
/s/Monica Stevens
, Founder, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch
/s/Pam Ingalls, 
President, Wine Country Animal Lovers, Inc.
/s/Keith Caldwell, Supervisor, Napa County

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE A
ORDINANCE NO. 2016-03

AN ORDINANCE OF THE NAPA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AMENDING SECTION 6.04.230 (IMPOUNDED ANIMALS-NOTICE TO OWNER- DISPOSITION) OF CHAPTER 6.04 (ANIMAL CONTROL AND RABIES PREVENTION) OF THE NAPA COUNTY CODE AS IT RELATES TO THE HANDLING OF ANIMALS AT THE NAPA COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

WHEREAS, both the initiative process and the board proposed measure process is available to adopt changes to county ordinances; and
WHEREAS, on February 2, 2016, a voter-initiated petition concerning the handling and disposition of impounded or surrendered dogs, cats, and rabbits was circulated and signatures were gathered for purposes of placing the initiative on the ballot; and
WHEREAS, the initiative petition has qualified for placement on the November 8, 2016 ballot; and
WHEREAS, to address certain concerns raised by staff and the Board relating to the Initiative and the scope of its impact on Animal Shelter operations, a compromise has been prepared; and
WHEREAS, as a result, this Ordinance has been prepared as an alternative to the initiative; and
WHEREAS, this Ordinance is substantially similar to the original initiative but has been revised to streamline the goals of the initiative in a cost effective manner; and
WHEREAS, the proponents of the initiative have indicated support for the compromise, as set forth in this Ordinance; and

The people of the Napa County of Napa hereby ordain:

SECTION 1. Section 6.04.230 (Impounded animals-Notice to Owner-Disposition) of Chapter 6.04 (Animal Control and Rabies Prevention) of the Napa County Code is amended to read in full as follows:
6.04.230 Impounded and surrendered animals—Notice to owner— Disposition.

A. The animal control officer and the animal shelter shall observe the following rules in the course of managing the lives of impounded and surrendered dogs, cats and rabbits:
    1.    Subject to the provisions of subsection (A)(3) of this section, 
in the case of impoundment of a dog, cat, or rabbit whose owner can reasonably be expected to be positively identified, the animal shall continue to be impounded for a period of six days while all reasonable steps necessary to notify the owner of the impoundment are taken. Such steps shall not be required to include publication of notice in a newspaper. If the owner or a representative of the owner is successfully notified, the animal shall continue to be impounded for a period of not more than four days from the date of notification, during which period the animal may be redeemed in accordance with Section 6.04.240 of this code. If at the end of the four-day period the owner has not redeemed the animal, it shall be handled in accordance with subsection (A)(3) of this section. 

    2.    Subject to the provisions of subsection (A)(3) of this section, in the case of impoundment of a dog, cat, or rabbit whose owner cannot be reasonably expected to be positively identified, the animal shall continue to be impounded for a period in compliance with applicable California Food and Agriculture Code sections, during which period the animal may be redeemed in accordance with Section 6.04.240 of this code. If at the end of such period the animal has not been redeemed, it shall be handled in accordance with subsection (A)(3) of this section. 

    3.    Subject to the exclusions in subsection (A)(4) of this section, any impounded or surrendered dog, cat, or rabbit being considered for destruction may not be destroyed, regardless of health, injury, feral nature, or age, unless the animal shelter shall have first taken the following steps: 

    a.    Complete for each animal:
    i.    A written behavioral and medical evaluation of 
the animal by qualified staff, which evaluation shall be made available to the public and to non- profit organizations described in subsections (A)(3)(c) and (d); 

    ii.    Notify the non-profit organizations described in subsections (A)(3)(c) and (d) upon initial identification by staff of material adoption challenges; and 

    iii.    A mitigation plan when such adoption challenges are determined to exist for the animal; 

    b.    Provide prompt and necessary veterinary care; appropriate socialization; exercise; reasonable accommodation of special needs in situations such as nursing mothers, unweaned animals, geriatric animals, or extremely frightened animals; and seek a live outcome in partnerships with non-profit animal welfare organizations, including, but not limited to, training, fostering, and veterinary/medical support. 

    c.    Make provision for not less than forty-eight hour notice of all impounded and surrendered animal scheduled for destruction to any active non-profit (501(c)(3) status) animal welfare organizations who have requested such notification; 

    d.    Permit the release of an impounded or surrendered animal scheduled for destruction to any active non- profit (501(c)(3) status) animal welfare organizations upon request of the organization, provided that owners shall retain the same right of reclamation as if the animal was still in the shelter; and no such request has been made within forty-eight hours of such notice; and 

    e.    Prior to destruction of an impounded or surrendered animal, two county personnel, neither of which reports directly to the other, have each determined that the shelter has acted in accordance with this section and has each signed an acknowledgement and consent to euthanize the animal. 

4. Exclusions. Subsection (A)(3) shall not apply to:
   a. An animal suspected to carry and exhibiting signs of rabies, as determined by a licensed veterinarian;
   b. A dog that, after physically attacking a person, has been determined to be dangerous either by: 1) qualified staff pursuant to the American Professional Dog Trainers’ Dog Bite Scale or similar industry standard; or 2) a dog trainer or behaviorist provided by a non-profit organization described in subsections (A)(3)(c) and (d) at no cost to the shelter. A written record of the assessment prepared by qualified staff, dog trainer or behaviorist shall be made available to the public;
   c. An animal experiencing irremediable physical suffering as determined by a licensed veterinarian via telephone consultation. 

B.    The animal shelter shall dispose of or destroy all other impounded animals in accordance with applicable provisions of the California Food and Agricultural Code. 


C.    The animal shelter shall maintain and publish on its website, or other publicly accessible location, the following:
    1.    List of active non-profit (501(c)(3) status) animal welfare 
organization partners who have requested notice of any 
animals scheduled for destruction; 

    2.    Live release rate for the prior calendar quarter, and the 
annual live release rate for the prior three years, utilizing methodologies and formulas developed in the Asilomar Accords of 2004. 


D.    For the purpose of this section, animal means dogs, cats, and rabbits. 


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