This post is the fifth in a series about keeping your family and possessions safe this holiday season.
By Lt. Craig Anderson, CSPD Public Information Officer
A lot of people consider their pets to be valued members of their families. It’s especially important to treat them that way during the holidays.
Many of the fun and beautiful things we enjoy about Christmas can create hazards for your pets. The College Station Police Department’s Animal Control Division offers these basic tips to keep your beloved pet safe and sound amid all the joy and fun:
Hang breakables, tinsel, and other tempting decorations well out of paw’s reach. Tinsel, ribbon, and ornaments are especially dangerous to pets if chewed or swallowed, and electrical cords are even worse. Gnawing pets often try to chew the cords, which could lead to severe injuries or even death. Make sure your light strand, loose wires, and extension cords are out of reach.
It’s also wise to place your decorative holiday plants and candles clear of your pet’s reach. Some seasonal plants – such as mistletoe, holly berries, and poinsettias – are poisonous, and pets and candles just don’t mix. You should also keep your pets away from holiday treats, especially chocolate. Theobromine and caffeine, ingredients found in chocolate, are toxins and can be fatal to some animals.
A Christmas tree should stand on a flat, broad base. You may also consider anchoring the tree with fishing line tied to a ceiling or wall hook since curious cats often see trees as climbing posts. Needles from both live and artificial trees are indigestible and can cause illness. Don’t tempt your pet with edible ornaments, either.
If you have a live tree, be aware that water from the tree base can cause mouth sores, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. Be sure to cover the bottom tightly with skirting to restrict access.
Provide a haven
If you plan to entertain family or friends, provide a haven where your pets can retreat when they get overly excited or could possibly escape. Encourage your guest to leave your pets alone when in their sanctuary.
When you travel
If you are going away and your pet is staying home, make arrangements for their care, check that they have proper identification, and make sure their enclosures are secure. Contact a reputable pet sitter or find a high-quality kennel that provides a safe, sanitary environment and has a qualified, caring staff.
If your pet travels with you, identify accommodations that allow pets by contacting the tourism agency at your destination. If traveling by car, provide frequent rest and water stops and bring proof of vaccinations. Always have current identification on your pet’s collar with an alternate phone number.
The College Station Police Department wishes you a safe and joyous holiday season.
About the Blogger
Lt. Craig Anderson is in his 30th year with the College Station Police Department.
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This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, March 28. It’s not the official minutes.
Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.
The workshop has started.
Simpson named city manager
The council unanimously voted to select Frank Simpson as city manager. Simpson was named interim city manager in January when David Neeley retired. He had served as deputy city manager since 2011, overseeing Public Works, Water Services, and the Electric Utility. Simpson came to the City of College Station after serving as city manager of Missouri City for seven years (2004-11). He previously served as city manager of Webster (2001-04) and Center (1995-01), and was an assistant city manager in La Marque (1994-95).
Simpson began his long municipal government career as a public utilities worker for the City of College Station in 1986 while attending Texas A&M. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1988 and a master’s in public administration from A&M in 1990. Simpson worked in various administrative capacities with the City of College Station from 1989-93. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children.
This blog is a summary of the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, May 12, and is not the official minutes. Changes made to specific items will be recorded in the minutes, which will be available in approximately two weeks.
Workshop Meeting Highlights
External Audit Review
The city council unanimously approved the City of College Station’s annual audit reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2010. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Kersten informed the council that the city’s net assets totaled $402,731,641, an increase of $15 million from the previous year. Unrestricted net assets were $76 million, and restricted net assets were $11 million. Capital assets amount to $314,762,842.
The city’s independent auditor, Jimmy Ingram of Ingram, Wallis & Company, said his firm issued an unqualified opinion, which is the equivalent of a clean bill of health. The city’s charter, fiscal and budgetary policies — and state law — require the city council to designate a qualified public accountant or accountants who, at the end of the fiscal year, make an independent audit of accounts and other financial transactions of the city government.
Here’s a quick look at some of the items the College Station City Council will be considering Thursday (May 12) at its workshop and regular meetings. This blog is not intended as a complete and official agenda. Click here to see the complete agenda packets.
Workshop Meeting (3 p.m.)
External Audit Review
The city council will receive the city’s annual audit reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2010. The Council Audit Committee received the audit report on May 4. The city’s charter, fiscal and budgetary policies — and state law — require the city council to designate a qualified public accountant or accountants who, at the end of the fiscal year, make an independent audit of accounts and other financial transactions of the city government.
Parks and Recreation Master Plan
The city council will receive an update on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which is rooted in the community vision established by the residents of College Station. The plan identifies the city’s parks and recreation needs for the next decade and the goals, strategies and actions needed to address them. A joint committee comprised of two Planning and Zoning Committee commissioners, five Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members, and a staff resource team have been working to update the plan, which last was revised in 2003.