City of Independence, Missouri

Jackson County Animal Welfare Committee


This advisory committee promotes spay and neuter programs for household pets; supports education programs that promote the welfare and safety of animals; hears complaints regarding abuse or cruelty to animals when, in the committee’s opinion, such complaints have not been satisfactorily addressed by any applicable enforcement or animal welfare agency; and investigates charges of unethical treatment of animals.

Membership Information

Formed by an amended intergovernmental agreement between Jackson County and the City of Independence related to the Regional Animal Shelter, the Committee is comprised of five members who serve two-year terms. The County Executive appoints three members and the Mayor appoints two members. The Committee selects the chair from among the Committee members.


NameTitleCategoryExpiration Date
Cardwell, JackCity Appointment12/30/2019
Watkins, TimCity Appointment12/30/2019

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