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TRENTON, N.J. (PBN) In a decisive move aimed at tackling the growing challenges faced by the Trenton Animal Shelter (TAS), Mayor Reed Gusciora has issued Executive Order 24-01, marking a pivotal moment in the city’s commitment to animal welfare and public safety.

The executive order outlines a multifaceted approach to address issues of overcrowding, animal welfare, and public safety within the TAS. One of the key highlights of the order is the reorganization of the Bureau of Animal Control and the establishment of an Animal Welfare Advisory Board, signaling a proactive stance towards managing the city’s animal population.

Under the new operational model mandated by the executive order, a Chief of the Bureau of Animal Control will be appointed to implement a revised operational model. This model will prioritize animal welfare, adoption services, pet ownership education, and humane animal control enforcement, ensuring that best practices are consistently upheld.

Additionally, the executive order emphasizes community engagement and partnerships as integral components of the solution. The Bureau of Animal Control will focus on community education programs, low-cost spay/neuter initiatives, volunteer programs, and partnerships with non-profits. The creation of the Trenton Animal Care Team (TACT) will further facilitate collaboration among stakeholders for effective animal shelter management.

Mayor Gusciora stressed the importance of compliance with rabies control regulations, with the City maintaining a focus on timely reporting and investigation of animal bites. The Health Officer will continue to oversee rabies control activities, utilizing Animal Control Officers for enforcement as needed.

The establishment of a five-member Animal Welfare Advisory Board is another significant aspect of the executive order. This board will be tasked with advising on strategies to reduce unwanted pet populations, engaging residents, businesses, and stakeholders in identifying concerns and developing solutions.

“We owe it to our residents and our furry companions to provide a shelter environment that upholds standards of care, public safety, and animal welfare,” Mayor Gusciora stated, underscoring the city’s commitment to prioritizing the well-being of its animal residents.

The appointment of Trenton Police Lieutenant Alexis Durlacher as the new chief at the Animal Shelter further demonstrates the city’s dedication to expertise and experience in addressing these critical issues.

Thomas Peterson is the Editor in Chief and founder of Peterson’s Breaking News of Trenton. Thomas founded PBT in 2012.