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August 12, 2010

San Francisco Commission of

Animal Control & Welfare



Thursday, August 12, 2010

5:30 PM


Room 408

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689


Susanna Russo, Geneva Page, Jack Aldridge, DVM, Andrea Brooks, Sally Stephens
Philip Gerrie, Pam Hemphill, Vicky Guldbech, William Herndon, Bob Palacio


Mailing Address:                 City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place,

Room 362

San Francisco, CA 94102

Commission Voicemail:                    (415) 554-6074


Commission Chairperson:   Sally Stephens



(Note: Public comment will be taken on each item.  Items are first introduced to the Commission, and then there is public comment.  After public comment, the Commission may further discuss the item and vote if it is an action item.)


1.        Call to Order and Roll Call


2.       General Public Comment
Members of the public may address the Commission with comments or recommendations on items within the Commission’s jurisdiction other than the items on the agenda at the beginning or end of the meeting, but not both.


3.       Approval of Draft Minutes from the July 8, 2010 Meeting

[Discussion/Action Item]

4.        Chairperson’s report and opening remarks 
[Discussion Item]

5.       Unfinished Business

A) Continuation of discussion and possible action to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that they pass an ordinance prohibiting the sale or transfer of dogs, cats, and possibly other small animals (including hamsters, rats, mice, guinea pigs, and chinchillas)  and birds in companion animal (pet) stores. An exemption for animals from shelters or rescue groups would be allowed. This ordinance is intended to stop the sale of dogs, cats and other animals from puppy mills and other breeding mills, as well as to decrease euthanasia rates of small animals in city shelters. [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioner Gerrie]

6.       New Business

A) Discussion and possible action to send a letter to the Board of Supervisors, with copies sent to the Recreation and Park Commission and Joint Zoo Committee, to advise them of relatively inexpensive improvements that would address animal welfare concerns at the San Francisco Zoo in the following ways: 1) expand and improve the Baird's tapir exhibit into neighboring empty exhibit by creating an opening in the wall between the two exhibits to give the tapir more space and access to a second pool; 2) relocate solitary giant eland to a more appropriate facility where he can join a herd social structure; 3) expand the black rhino exhibit into the giant eland exhibit once he is relocated; 4) expand the black rhino exhibit into the empty adjacent hippo exhibit to provide more space for the rhinos; 5) create full-flight aviaries for all birds at the Zoo; and 6) commit to only taking in rescued exotic birds for all future acquisitions. [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioner Gerrie]


7.       General Public Comment
Members of the public may address the Commission with comments or recommendations on items within the Commission’s jurisdiction other than the items on the agenda at the beginning or end of the meeting, but not both.


8.  Items to be put on the Calendar for Future Commission Meetings

      [Discussion Item]


9.  Closing Review of Task Allotments and Next Steps

[Discussion Item] 


10. Adjournment


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Disability Access:  Room 408 is wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible BART Station is Civic Center, three blocks from City Hall. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #42 Downtown Loop, the #71 Haight/Noriega, the F Line to Market and Van Ness, and the Metro stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center. For more information about MUNI accessible services, call 923-6142.


There is accessible parking at the following locations: two (2) designated blue curb spaces on the southwest corner of McAllister Street at Van Ness Avenue; the Performing Arts Garage (entrance on Grove Street between Franklin and Gough Streets), and at Civic Center Plaza Garage. 


To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation to participate in the meeting, please contact Carla Vaughn at 252-2500 (voice) or 252-2550 (TDD) at least two working days prior to the meeting.


In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products. Please help the City accommodate these individuals.


Policy on Cell Phones, Pagers, and Electronic Devices: The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers, and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.


Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance: Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public.  Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This Ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco's Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the Ordinance, contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force.  The current Sunshine Ordinance Task Force Administrator, Frank Darby Jr., can be contacted at the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, City Hall, Room 244, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689; Office (415) 554-7724; Fax (415) 554-7854; E-mail: Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Public Library and on the City’s Web site at


Attention: Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (SF Administrative Code 16.520 - 16.534) to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 1390 Market Street, #701, San Francisco, CA 94102, telephone (415) 554-9510; fax (415) 703-0121 and web site


Documents for Public Inspection: Any documents related to an item on this agenda that are distributed to the Commission in advance of the meeting are available for public inspection and copying at the Government Information Center, 5th Floor, SF Main Public Library, 100 Larkin St (at Grove), open seven days a week. They are also available on the Commission website:

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