Scott Trebatoski, Director of The Pet Resources Division of Hillsborough County

We reconfigured the format for today’s program, truncating the Comedy Corner, altogether jettisoning most other segments. These changes were implemented so as to create as much airtime as possible to speak with Scott Trebatoski, Director of The Pet Resources Division of Hillsborough County—Scott Trebatoski_1392729772655_3022623_ver1.0_640_480the job that formerly carried the title Director of Animal Services—and for Trebatoski to respond to a wide array listener calls, emails and texts. Trebatoski discusses his history, his formative years, and how his educational focus was business, including obtaining an MBA, with an emphasis in human resources. He explains how his business background has shaped his policies and sensibilities working in the animal field: Before taking the Hillsborough County job, he headed Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services (during his five-year tenure there, he notes, TrebatowskiWMNFhis live release rate moved from 17% to 87%), and before that spent six years as director of Lee County Animal Services. A little over a month into the new job, Trebatoski outlines what he considers to be the most pressing issues to address in order the make the Hillsborough County operation function better and restore trust across various constituencies. On a related note, he explains the rationale behind altering his job title from what had been called Director of Animal Services, to Director of The Pet Resources Division of Hillsborough. [www.hillsboroughcounty.org/animalservices]

COMEDY CORNER: Dave Attell’s “Parrot” (http://daveattell.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” instrumentals

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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