The city budget battle could impact unwanted animals in Jacksonville. 3 Good evening. The Head of Jacksonville's Humane Society says the city CANNOT kill cats and dogs to balance the budget. That statement comes after learning animal control may have to cut more than a million dollars if the city's pension reform doesn't pass. Each city department has been told to cut nearly 14- percent. Jim Piggott shows us what it could mean to the animal population in Jacksonville. 3 3 This guy right here is Javier one of the puppies at the Humane socieity. I want to show you why city budget cuts at animal control could actually affect animals here.. that's right buddy. I want to show how you what is going on and what it will mean to the pet population in Jacksonville. It's got to stop at some point The city can't keep cutting that and expect others to pick up that slack for them. Denise Deisler heads of the Humane Society in Jacksonville and works closely with the city's animal control department l. As part of budget cuts animal control and protective services is planning on cutting back on many programs ... Including animal intakes.. which means people would no longer be able to turn in animals voluntarily to the city.. The cuts mean a stoppage of service literally. One of the things they are proposing is not take owner surrendered animals into the shelter anymore .that alone is 2 thousand animals last year. And the Jacksonville Humane society can't possible absorb 2000 more animals. If that would come to be.. It means more strays and more problems for Jacksonville. Other cuts are also on the table no response to animal complaints which included calls about animals chained up in yards No response to confined animals and they would only trap animals in bite case Animal control would put down many more animals because they will not be able to house them after 14 days.According to Deisler the city has made great strides in cutting the population of strays.. even though the budget has been cut drastically in the past years.. In fact the city was hoping to go no kill next year The city can't now back down from that goal and expect everyone else to pick up that slack. We've been doing that. Their budget was cut in half during the last 5 years From almost 4 million to 2 million. the proposed cuts are in response to the city's pension problem and the mayor is asking each department to prepare cuts of nearly 14 percent.. He will then decide which way to go when he presents his budget to the council on July 15th Now all of this is going to be considered by the city council..this is just a proposal and this is something they need to hear from people about. What do you think about these proposed cuts.