Operation Watch Dog

Date: February 13, 2001
To: Board of Supervisors
Subject: OPERATION WATCH DOG

Summary:
On January 29, 2001, a roaming domestic dog pack invaded a neighbor's yard in Jamul, mauling three goats and two emus to death. Unfortunately, this incident is not isolated. In the past seven months, over 100 livestock have been attacked and 30 killed in the Jamul area. This has caused many residents to become concerned for the safety of their livestock and more importantly, their children. Todays action will establish a Strike Team comprised of the County Department of Animal Control, Sheriff's Department and U.S. Border Patrol to round up and detain roaming dogs in the Jamul area.

Recommendations:
SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB: 
Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to organize a Strike Team comprised of the Department of Animal Control, Sheriff's Department and U.S. Border Patrol to round up and detain roaming dogs in the Jamul area.

Fiscal Impact:
There is no fiscal impact as a result of this action.

BACKGROUND:
On January 29, 2001, a roaming domestic dog pack invaded a neighbor's yard in Jamul, mauling three goats and two emus to death. Unfortunately, this incident is not isolated. In the past seven months, over 100 livestock have been attacked and 30 killed in the Jamul area. This has caused many residents to become concerned for the safety of their livestock and more importantly, their children.

Because of this, I am proposing to establish a Strike Team comprised of the Department of Animal Control, Sheriff's Department and U.S. Border Patrol in the community of Jamul to round up and detain roaming dogs. The attacks will stop if we stop roaming dogs

Also, a 24-hour hotline will be established for "Operation Watch Dog" so residents who contact Animal Control upon witnessing roaming dogs or an attack will receive an immediate response and action.

In addition, I am proposing to launch a Public Education effort to inform dog owners of their responsibility to comply with the law preventing their dogs from running loose.

The goal is to hold dog owners accountable and responsible for allowing their dogs to run loose. This means that all dog owners failing to contain their dogs will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Immediate action is necessary to prevent any more attacks and killing of livestock and to ensure in no way a child is harmed or killed by roaming domestic dog packs.

Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to establish a 24-hour hotline for "Operation Watch Dog" so residents who contact Animal Control upon witnessing roaming dogs or an attack will receive an immediate response and action.

Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to work with District 2 staff in a Public Education effort to inform dog owners of their responsibility to comply with the law preventing their dogs from running loose.

I urge your support.

Respectfully Submitted

 

DIANNE JACOB
Supervisor, Second District