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Floyd County Annual Report 2017 (combined)

P.A.W.S. PUBLIC ANIMAL

P.A.W.S. PUBLIC ANIMAL WELFARE SERVICES Floyd County Animal Control became Public Animal Welfare Services (P.A.W.S.) in 2017 with their opening of the new SPLOST funded building. This new modern facility was designed to maximize animal care and comfort which has resulted in a live release rate of over 85% and a euthanasia rate of under 11% while serving over 13,500 visitors representing an increase of 184% from 2016. Target Zero, an animal advocacy group, came to the facility in January 2017 and spent three days observing P.A.W.S. procedures and made recommendations to bring the operation in line with best practices. Within three months, over 90% of Target Zero’s recommendations were implemented by the department and have proven as effective tools to better manage the facility. Breed Specific Legislation was removed from local ordinances which had been in effect since 1987. The language of the ordinance had deemed pit bulls to be considered vicious by breed rather than actions of the animal and was changed to include any animal who acts aggressive without provocation. Almost 3,000 animals were adopted through P.A.W.S. in 2017. 38 2017 FLOYD COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT

PARKS & RECREATION Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation is responsible for twenty-seven parks and five community centers scattered throughout Floyd County. Over 40,000 people attended free programs offered in 2017. The Parks and Recreation staff maintain approximately 875 acres of parks and open space. Through the 2013 SPLOST new playground equipment was installed at several parks: Alto Park, Etowah Park, Ridge Ferry Park, among others. The staff also oversaw a roof repair at the Shannon Center. The 2017 editions of the Leprechaun-a-Thon and Hero Hustle 5Ks brought record numbers for each event Nine employees completed the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association Maintenance School 2017 also brought a successful partnership between RFPR, Rome-Floyd YMCA, and Restoration Rome for a summer feeding program for area children. Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation added $100,000.00 of much needed capital equipment purchases. A scholarship program was created for children who qualified to participate in athletic programs at a reduced fee or at no charge. 39 2017 FLOYD COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT

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