Clean, Healthy Environment
The city of Dallas recognizes the importance of creating a sustainable community with a clean, healthy environment.
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In FY 2012-13, Code Compliance staff worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life in Dallas neighborhoods. Code officers mowed and cleaned more than 32,000 properties; removed and disposed of more than 21,800 illegally dumped tires from neighborhoods; removed graffiti from more than 5,200 locations; and secured more than 1,100 open and vacant structures from illegal/unauthorized entry.
Code Compliance Mosquito Control Team’s West Nile Virus (WNV) Education Outreach increased public awareness about personal protection, reducing standing water and controlling mosquito populations to reduce the number of human cases of the West Nile Virus. The team trained City departments and developed a calling card and special phone number for employees to report standing water issues. Other public education efforts included citizen meetings, television interviews, news releases and spray maps to advise the public about scheduled ground spraying. The Department also tracked WNV cases in cooperation with Dallas County Health and Human Services. Other WNV initiatives:
• Distributed Four D’s fliers to neighborhoods and DISD
• Created water bill brochures and placards
• Presented a Community Code Conference
• Treated swimming pools
• Provided website information, FAQ’s and videos
• Displayed billboards throughout the community
• Created public service announcements
• Implemented a mosquito dunk giveaway program
Code Compliance hosted its 10th Annual SAFE Complex Symposium. Persons in control of multi-tenant apartments were required to attend the event, which provided information on protecting the health, safety and welfare of tenants and neighboring properties.
Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals in Dallas and educating others about responsible pet ownership. The department continued to reinforce these ideals every day by providing daily care for hundreds of animals, assisting citizens, responding to animal welfare calls, conducting free Responsible Pet Ownership classes, holding animal adoption events, and providing educational information at public safety fairs, environmental festivals and neighborhood meetings.
In FY 2012-13, Dallas Animal Services (DAS) cared for 29,333 animals, and answered 49,386 calls for service. Live release rate for all animals was 42.05%, an increase of 8% over last fiscal year, with 114,651 clients served. Community outreach programs were enhanced with support from partnerships and grants, helping to provide affordable spay/neuter and vaccination services to low income communities.
The grand opening of the Dallas Animal Services (DAS) Everyday Adoption Center was held Nov. 2. Now open seven days a week, the 2,000 square foot facility is located inside PetSmart at 16821 N. Coit Road. The Center holds approximately 46 dogs and cats transferred daily from the DAS main adoption center. The Center has already broken all records for new PetSmart Adoption Centers and is on track to break the first year record for number of pets saved.