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City names new chief animal services officer

Monday, May 25, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Tawny Hammond is the city’s new chief animal services officer. Hammond comes to the city via Fairfax County, Virginia, where she was the director of an animal shelter that served a 400-square-mile area. According to a press release about the appointment, the Fairfax County shelter became the largest jurisdiction in the United States with a live-release outcome rate greater than 90 percent during Hammond’s tenure. “We’ve seen a revolution in animal sheltering over the past decade, and Austin has been on the forefront, leading the way,” said Hammond. “I cannot wait to live in a community that puts such a high value on the bond between people and animals.” Her appointment is effective starting June 15.

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