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ANIMAL CONTROL

The Robinson Animal Control Officer strives to promote the control of animals in public places to protect public safety.

 

The City of Robinson has one Animal Control Officer (ACO) and unit that is dispatched by the Robinson Police Department.  ACO is on call 24 hours a day for emergencies and regular hours of operation are Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm.  The ACO provides a professional and dedicated service to the residents of Robinson in the corporate city limits.

Services that the ACO provides are to investigate reports of animal cruelty and neglect, pick up stray animals on public property, trap feral cats and relocate wildlife in public areas. The ACO also enforces all state laws and city ordinances relating to animal registration and complaints of abuse.

If you are aware of animals being abused or neglected, please call (254)662-0525.  All callers may remain anonymous.

 

If you have a missing pet or livestock contact the Robinson Police Department to have a lost animal report filed.  We have returned many pets this way.

 

The City Of Robinson contracts with the Waco Humane Society to shelter stray dogs and cats, surrendered pets, feral cats and livestock to name a few.  If you find your pet at the shelter, you will need to first pay a $50.00 redemption fee to the Robinson Police Department before the Waco Humane Society will allow you to pick up your pet.  The contact number for the Waco Humane Society is (254)754-1454 and is located at 2032 Circle Road.  All charges that occurred while an animal stayed at the shelter are the responsibility of the owner and are payable to the Waco Humane Society.   

 

Citizens who have wildlife that is a nuisance may request a trap to be set by the ACO.  The ACO will relocate wildlife within a ten mile radius.  Traps are checked once a day and closed on weekends.

 

Loose livestock may be recovered at the owners expense by the ACO.

 




Got Livestock?

If you own or maintain any number of the following types of animals and keep them in the city limits of Robinson, we need your help:
Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Goats, Donkeys, Mules, Burros, Emus, Ostriches, Llamas, Etc.

The Robinson Police Department’s Animal Control Officer is updating it’s Livestock Log. This information is used to notify owners of livestock and exotic animals when their animal gets loose and is in danger of becoming a traffic hazard, getting lost, or being injured or killed. If you have not yet provided this information, or you have already notified this information, please take a moment to update your entry in the livestock log.

The Robinson Police Department’s Animal Control Officer is updating it’s Livestock Log. This information is used to notify owners of livestock and exotic animals when their animal gets loose and is in danger of becoming a traffic hazard, getting lost, or being injured or killed. If you have not yet provided this information, or you have already notified this information, please take a moment to update your entry in the livestock log.

Registration is free and this information is used to notify you in the event you animal(s) get loose.

The form can be downloaded here or picked up at City Hall. Please complete the form and either leave it with the Water/Utility Department or the receptionist. You can call or mail to:
Robinson Police Department/ Animal Control
111 W. Lyndale
Robinson, Texas 76706
(254) 662-0525

Tips for adopting the best shelter dog

By Victoria Stilwell, Special to CNN
June 11, 2011 10:45 p.m. EDT

The shelter dog is often perceived as unpredictable and inferior to one that is bought from a pricey breeder or a pet store. The thought of giving a home to a dog with an unknown history also puts many people off. But while some dogs are relinquished to shelters because of problem behavior, most are surrendered because of a change in the family situation.

Shelters can be overwhelming places to visit, so give yourself time when going through the adoption process and make decisions with your head as well as your heart.

Because stress levels can be high in such an environment, dogs tend to exhibit behavior that does not reflect their true personality. Don't be put off by a dog that stays at the back of the kennel too tired or nervous to greet you, or by the dog that leaps at the kennel door like a lunatic as you walk past. Remember these dogs may behave very differently once out of confinement.

Look for a dog that recovers well when taken outside the kennel. One that runs and is excited to interact with you, your family and other people. If you already own a dog, bring it along and allow the two dogs to greet in an outdoor neutral area to see if they will be compatible. Look for soft, wiggly body language, warm eyes and a desire to play.

If the shelter dog that you like seems removed and not interested in interacting with you, retreats or stiffens if you try to touch him, looks at you with hard eyes or is tense around your existing dog -- do not adopt that dog.

Dogs that are relinquished to shelters because of behavior problems can be difficult to re-home. Don't be afraid to ask the shelter staff about the dog's medical and behavioral history before it came to the shelter -- if known -- and behavior while it has been in their care. Try to get more than one person's opinion about the dog.

Adopters can easily be swayed by a well-meaning employee or volunteer who is desperate to find their favorite dog a new home -- even if the match is not a good one. If the dog you like has known behavior difficulties, ask the staff if they have been working with the dog on that issue and how the dog has responded so far.

Even if there are no obvious behavior problems, here are some other important questions to ask:

• Has the dog been tested around food or toys to see if he is protective of his resources?

• Does the dog stiffen, growl or try to bite them if they take a toy or his food bowl away from him?

• Has the dog greeted other dogs, and if so, what was the outcome?

• How is he with strangers and is there any different reaction to men or women?

• How does the dog act around children and has he been exposed to any cats?

• Does he like to play?

• Has shelter staff taught the dog to respond to verbal cues such as sit and stay?

A good shelter with knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer these questions.

Rambunctious behavior such as leash pulling, jumping up or barking can easily be worked with and dogs that have house training issues can be taught how to toilet correctly.

But anxiety-based behaviors such as distress upon separation or nervousness or aggression can be complex and take time to modify. It takes a committed owner with plenty of patience to help a dog through these problems and it might require the support of a qualified trainer.

The dog training profession is still unregulated and there are many people who call themselves trainers even though they have little knowledge of how to work successfully with problem behaviors and may sometimes do more harm than good.

Trainers who use outdated methods that can include dominating dogs into submission or teaching dogs to behave through force and fear should be avoided at all costs, as these techniques not only make your dog more insecure but also can damage the relationship between you and your pet.

There are many great positive reinforcement trainers who will teach your dog to live successfully in a domestic situation using humane methods only, no matter what problem behaviors your dog might have. You can find a list of positive reinforcement trainers in your area at http://positively.com/dog-training/find-a-trainer/.

If you don't have the time to work with a dog that has an anxiety-based issue, then it is best that you adopt a dog that will more easily fit into your lifestyle.

Dogs that have a history of aggressive behavior can be a physical, legal and financial liability to your family and the general public. A shelter can be held liable if they adopt out a dog that has previously bitten -- whatever the reason. Do not adopt a dog with a known bite history.

Bringing a dog home is an exciting time, but in the midst of everything, don't forget that a period of transition is needed. Some dogs adjust to their new home very quickly, while others might take longer to settle. So remember that while you're coping with the changes the new dog fetched into your life, your dog will be doing the same.

With approximately 4 million dogs and cats being euthanized in U.S. shelters every year, the need for families to adopt rather than buy is even greater. Adopting a shelter dog is a rewarding experience, not just because you give that dog a second chance, but because adopting makes space for another life to be saved.

 

 

 

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Texas 'Animal Friendly' License Plate

The Texas 'Animal Friendly' License Plate is available for purchase. The License Plate Bill to assist in providing grants to shelters for low cost sterilization programs was passed in legislative session.

If you have already purchased license plates this year,  you can still order 'Animal Friendly' license plates for an additional $25.  If you haven't renewed your license plates for this year, you will need to add $25 to your normal license fee.  The web address below has links to Texas Department of Transportation for information. You may also phone in your order at 1-512-374-5010 or 1-713-224-1919.

To request 'Animal Friendly' License Plates,  you may ORDER 'ONLINE' at: Click Here
You may also phone 1-512-374-5010. 
Also there is a link to your local tax assessor address to request the form from them.

Get the word out to all TEXANS, purchase this plate and help homeless animals!
Help SAVE lives of animals for years to come by making one purchase this license plate!