After receiving many complaints from animal welfare advocates over several months, the Baltimore County Council voted to create an animal services advisory commission to review the operations of the Baldwin animal shelter and the county’s Animal Services Division. Chief complaints included volunteering difficulties, shelter staff euthanizing animals too quickly, some adoptable animals being kept from public view, and shelter staff not doing an adequate job photographing animals and promoting adoptions.
Each council member will appoint one member to the commission, and the county executive will appoint four members: A veterinarian, a member of an animal welfare organization, a shelter employee and an at-large member.
Councilwoman Vicki Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat who is the bill’s lead sponsor, said she is “very excited” about the bill and the opportunity to evaluate practices at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter in Baldwin.
Animal welfare activists and shelter volunteers praised the creation of the commission as a first step toward reforming the county’s animal services operations.