LETTER: If N. Highline Annexed, ‘Burien Will Have to Provide Animal Control’

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I attended the NHUAC meeting where King County Animal control did a presentation about the services they provide to their members.

I was very impressed with the services they provide to the unincorporated area and the member cities they service ..

They have 8 animal control officers and an animal cruelty investigator plus they provide animal control services 7 DAYS A WEEK.

They have an euthanasia rate of 14% (one of the lowest in the nation). They provide many services that are currently NOT being provided under Mike Martins CARE program which can only be described as dysfunctional at best.

They contacted every city in sectional part of the King County area to ask them if they wanted to participate. They got no response from the city of Burien.

They have a new 3 year contract that will start July 1st that Burien still has time to be part of.

The costs are done using a formula depending on area and population. Since Burien is in the middle of the service area they would have one of the lower cost contracts.

I wanted to bring to the city councils attention that if the North Highline/White Center area is annexed by Burien by law Burien will have to provide equivalent animal control services to what King County is now providing to the proposed annexation area.

CARES does NOT by any stretch of the imagination provide anywhere near the animal control services that King County now provides to the annexation area.

I spoke with the administrator of the program who spoke at the meeting along with one of her animal control officers and she told me that if Burien decides to join the consortium after the July 1st consortium contract begins, that Burien will have to pay more and maybe significantly more than if they join the consortium now.

I found it odd that Mike Martin who spoke just before King County animal control gave their presentation left the meeting without hearing anything of what they had to say or offer.

Apparently it appears likely that our City Manager does not even know what the cost would be to join the King County animal control consortium.

So it is difficult to judge how much more it would cost than it is currently costing for the less effective CARES program that he has initiated.

Would the city council please ask Mr Martin to provide some hard numbers so the council can decide if we would be better off joining the consortium of King County animal control in comparison to what we are getting now with CARES..?

Also it would be appropriate to find out what the euthanasia rate is with CARES and how many days of the week do they provide animal control in the field for the City of Burien and the extent of that coverage?

There are other questions that need to be answered on this subject but getting these answers would be a good place to start.

Thank You on behalf of all the animal owners and animal lovers in the City of Burien.

– John and Linda Poitras

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6 Responses to “LETTER: If N. Highline Annexed, ‘Burien Will Have to Provide Animal Control’”
  1. Muchlove says:

    Like the saying goes…you get what you pay for!

    Seems to be worth the extra money for the actual services and REAL accountability!

  2. Just Sayin says:

    How about the fact that Shoreline, Kirkland and Auburn may leave the system. Did you ask that question too? Sounds like King County isn’t the answer either. Just Sayin.

  3. john poitras says:

    The animal control officer also said they have officers on patrol who who respond to excessive barking and dangerous animals off the leash. King County covers the entire gambit of what is needed for animal control.. We don’t have anywhere near those services with CARES. I doubt the annexation area folks would be too happy with CARES either.. Kirkland isn’t part of the Burien Section anyway, but what is the alternative..

    Short answer.. If you want REAL animal control services there is no viable alternative to King County.. Also I am concerned about BURIEN… Auburn and Shoreline can do what they want it does not affect the residents of Burien or the pending residents of Burien either.

  4. naturelover says:

    I agree with the fact that there is no better alternative to King County at present and just hope there are enough people that care about animals, to encourage, and if necessary, force the City of Burien and Mike Martin in particular to do the right thing….

  5. Feralcat says:

    “cares” is doing a presentation on June 18 at the council meeting . I do hope everyone and show some support about how ill run this useless organization and what affect it will have on our community.

    please show up


  6. Vicki Hurley says:

    Amen to what Fcat said. On MONDAY, JUNE 18th at 7:00, the city council will meet in the BURIEN LIBRARY MEETING ROOM. One of the things they will be covering is the present non-animal control situation. EVERYONE who is upset about this sitution, please, please make time to be there! You do not need to speak or anything. Simply having the council chamber packed with people who want to once again have animal control in Burien will go a long way toward ending the “do-it-yourself” experiment.

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