Commission of Animal Control and Welfare meeting

Thursday, March 9, 2023

In this page:


    Michael Angelo Torres; Irina Ozernoy, Jane Tobin, Iris Chan, Dr. Brian Van Horn, DVM; Deputy Director Amy Corso, SF ACC; Christopher Campbell, RPD; Officer Greg Sutherland, SFPD


    1. Call to order and roll call (Action Item)
    2. General public comment (Discussion Item)

      Members of the public may address the Commission with comments on items within the Commission’s jurisdiction other than items on the agenda.

    3. Approval of draft minutes from the February 2023 meeting (Discussion/Action Item)
    4. Chairperson's and commissioners' reports (Discussion Item)

      Commissioners’ reports regarding recent activities in the community involving animal issues that have been discussed by the Commission in the past. 

    5. New business

      A. San Francisco Zoo Conservation Update [Discussion Item] [Commissioner Tobin] Ingrid Russell, Director of Collections at the San Francisco Zoological Gardens, will present on the Zoo’s recent conservation efforts.

      B. Vector-Borne Diseases Discussion [Discussion Item] [Commissioner Van Horn] Discussion concerning the spread of Vector-Borne Diseases in San Francisco.

      C. SF Animal Care and Control Policy Recommendations [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioner Torres] Discussion and vote on recommendations to Animal Care and Control following the presentations on cats and kittens that were recently presented to the Commission.

    6. Items to be put on the agenda for future commission meetings (Discussion Item)
    7. Adjournment

    Date & Time

    Thursday, March 9, 2023
    5:30 pm

    Commission of Animal Control and Welfare

    City Hall
    1 Carlton B. Goodlett Pl
    Room 408
    San Francisco, CA 94102
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    March 9th meeting (audio only)


    Providing public comment by phone

    Providing public comment by phone

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