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What’s Being Done to Deal with Houston’s Stray Animal Problem?

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Houston City Council passed an animal control measure by a 15 to 1 vote (with one council member absent). The measure sets into motion policy changes designed to help Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) better address our ongoing challenges with dangerous animals. Currently, the department doesn’t have enough officers or resources to keep the […]

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Strays, The Houston Sun, & the Bayou City Arts Fest: Houston Matters for Thurs., March 27, 2014

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Houston City Council passed an animal control measure by a 15 to 1 vote (with one council member absent). The measure sets into motion policy changes designed to help Houston’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) better address our ongoing challenges with dangerous animals. Currently, the department doesn’t have enough officers or […]

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Animal Shelter Swamped, Needs Public’s Help

Posted on · It's not often you get can a dog for just $20 or a cat for $10. But the folks at Houston's animal shelter say record numbers of animals have been brought in this winter and they are desperate to find them homes.

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Non-Profit Launches Support for BARC

Posted on · Houston's city pound will soon get a fundraising boost from a new non-profit organization. The Houston BARC Foundation has formed to support the city's animal control program. Laurie Johnson reports.

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BARC Overflows Capacity

Posted on · Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control — known as BARC — is over capacity and needs to make space for more animals. As Laurie Johnson reports — an unusual spike in law enforcement activity has left BARC with no room for strays.

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New BARC Chief Says City Shelter is Changing

Posted on · It's been six months since David Atencio first stepped through the doors at Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, known as BARC, a beleaguered agency that had gone through several leaders and developed a bad reputation over the past few years. The new general manager says it's his dream job and that real change is taking place at BARC. Jack Williams reports.

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Houston’s Animal Control Has New Boss

Posted on · Mayor Anise Parker isn't the only one people will be watching closely as the new year gets underway. The City of Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulations and Care has a new leader as well. As Bill Stamps reports, the new manager takes over a troubled department with a history of turmoil.

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BARC Has New Boss

Posted on · The agency in charge of Houston's stray dogs and cats has a new leader. The Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control has gone through a lot of turmoil in recent years. But with today's announcement, they're hoping to put all of that in the past. Bill Stamps has more.