Baltimore County News
Pledges to advocate for county governments in Annapolis
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was elected President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) at its winter conference in Cambridge this morning.
MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.
“I am both proud and humbled to become President of MACo, where we will articulate the budgetary, education, land use and transportation needs of each county,” said Kamenetz. “MACo also provides a productive forum to exchange best-practice ideas."
Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith.
In his formal address, Kamenetz identified areas of common purpose that leaders in local government would promote, including issues of education, infrastructure, public health, environment, workforce development and fiscal responsibility.
With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council.
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Sets goal of 20,000 in 2017 with opening of new spay/neuter facility in southwest area
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that the Animal Services Division of the Baltimore County Department of Health has reached an important milestone by performing their 10,000th spay/neuter procedure since opening an on-site surgical suite in the Fall of 2013. This is a significant accomplishment which advances the public health goal of reducing the population of homeless animals throughout Baltimore County.
Kamenetz also announced the opening on December 3 of the County’s second satellite spay/neuter location in Southwest Area Park in Baltimore Highlands, and that the County has set a new goal of altering 20,000 cats and dogs in 2017.
“We have made tremendous strides in upgrading Animal Services and reducing the population of stray animals in our communities, and with our new low-cost spay/neuter facilities in three locations around the County, we are determined to reach the goal of doubling our positive results by altering 20,000 animals in the next calendar year,” Kamenetz said.
Before the County began performing spay/neuter surgeries on shelter animals in the Fall of 2013 at its main facility in Baldwin, people who adopted pets from the County’s animal shelter were provided with vouchers to help offset the cost of having their animal altered elsewhere. Since then, over 6,300 animals have been altered at Baldwin. Last summer, the County’s Dundalk spay/neuter facility opened, and has performed in excess of 3,800 spay/neuter procedures.
“My Council colleagues and I welcome the new westside facility that will make it much more convenient for our constituents to avail themselves of low-cost spay/neuter services,” said County Council Chair Vicki Almond.
“I am very pleased by the improvements the County has made to Animal Services, and the new spay/neuter location in Baltimore Highlands is a great expansion of service for pet owners in the southwest area of Baltimore County that will go a long way toward reducing the number of unwanted animals in the future,” said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk.
Free spay/neuter services for residents in many southwest and southeast zip codes
Baltimore County Animal Services has been awarded a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture to cover the costs of altering 1,083 dogs and cats from three specific areas in southwest Baltimore County, including zip codes 21207 (Woodlawn), 21227 (Halethorpe), 21244 (Windsor Mill). Spay/neuter surgeries will be free for residents in those identified areas, until these grant funds are depleted.
At the same time, as part of the promotion for the westside facility, the County will also offer free spay/neuter services for 1,083 dogs and cats from areas in southeast Baltimore County, in zip codes 21222 (Dundalk), 21219 (Edgemere), 21224 (Dundalk), 21221 (Essex), 21237 (Rosedale) and 21220 (Middle River).
Facilities in Dundalk and Baltimore Highlands offer low-cost spay/neuter services for domestic cats and dogs
Baltimore County now has two satellite spay/neuter centers in Dundalk and in Southwest Area Park in Baltimore Highlands, greatly reducing travel time for residents, who previously had to take their pets to the County’s main Animal Services facility in Baldwin to take advantage of the County’s low-cost spay/neuter program.
All three of the County’s Animal Services locations offer spay/neuter services for cats and dogs for the low cost of $20, by appointment only. To encourage responsible pet ownership and decrease overpopulation of unwanted animals, this program includes:
- Spay/neuter procedure
- First distemper and rabies shots
- A County license
“My staff and I are very pleased with the results we are seeing in Dundalk and are excited to expand to better serve pet owners and their animals on the County’s westside,” said the County’s Director of Animal Services, Melissa Jones, V.M.D.
County residents may schedule appointments and find more information, including animal restrictions on the County’s website at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/spayneuter.
Appointments are available now at the new Spay/Neuter Center located at 7702 Dunmanway in Dundalk, at the Southwest Area Park location, located at 3941 Klunk Drive in Brooklyn, and at the County’s main Animal Services location, 13800 Manor Road in Baldwin. Advance payment by debit or credit card is required. No payment of any type is accepted at the facility.
Pledges regional cooperation
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement on the eve of Mayor-Elect Catherine Pugh's inauguration:
“With congratulations to my good friend Catherine Pugh as she becomes Mayor of the great City of Baltimore, I also reaffirm Baltimore County’s commitment as a regional partner to address issues of job growth, education, transportation, housing and public safety. The future of Baltimore City is bright and I look forward to working with Mayor Pugh to build that future.”
Revised September 26, 2016