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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The department responsible for getting a handle on the stray dog situation in the city of Dallas took what they say is a positive step forward today.

Representatives with Dallas Animal Services attended a city council briefing to update the Quality of Life & Environment Committee on the latest happenings. While there they also presented various mission statements to be voted on and approved.

Some on the panel feel choosing the mission statement is important. One committee member said, “A lot of organizations think the mission statement is really important. They think it guides the work of the whole organization. It kind of heads people in the same direction. So, I think that’s why they came to us and said, ‘Let’s pick a mission statement.’’”

Others felt that instead of discussing mission statements they’d rather get to the heart of the problem.  Another council member said, “To me it just seems like we’re getting ready to get ready. I mean we’ve got a problem where we’ve got more dogs than we know what to do with them.”

Last month Animal Services placed Dallas Deputy Chief Robert Sherwin in charge of affairs. The department said their goal is to increase the number of ‘live releases’ – through adoption or to no kill shelters – and provide 46,000 free spay and neuter procedures in South Dallas for the next three years.

Animal Services will start making regular reports to the committee in December.

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