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09.17.15 Executive Kittleman launches lost pet reporting feature on “Tell HoCo” app

September 17, 2015

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Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

Executive Kittleman launches lost pet reporting feature on “Tell HoCo” app

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today announced that a lost pet reporting feature has been added to the popular “Tell HoCo” mobile app and website module.

“Many people consider their pets a part of the family, so when a pet goes missing, it can be devastating,” Kittleman said. “With this new feature added to ‘Tell HoCo’, families can share details about their missing pet, so if the animal is found, reuniting the family and pet will be much easier.”

Kittleman demonstrated how to use the feature in a video posted on social media. The video can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HoCoGovExec/videos/964568976937217/.

“Tell HoCo” allows Howard County residents and visitors to report non-emergency problems, such as potholes, graffiti, downed tree limbs and traffic signal issues, to the appropriate county government representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With the app, citizens can use their smart phones to snap a photo, send a report and track its progress.

Since its launch one year ago, the “Tell HoCo” app has been downloaded 1,800 times. The app has been used to report nearly 5,400 issues.

The “Tell HoCo” app can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store or from Google play. After registering, users also can make anonymous reports if they prefer. Additionally, links to the web version of “Tell HoCo” are prominently displayed on the Howard County Government website.

Once issues are identified, the person making the report receives updates on its progress. Users also can check to see what issues have been reported in their communities.

“The ‘Tell HoCo’ app is a terrific internal management tool too,” Kittleman said. “Our public works department and recreation and parks staff have been using it to track their work and
monitor progress. It’s a good use of technology to eliminate paperwork, make our workers more efficient and improve government transparency.”

An online version of the reporting tool can be found at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/iframetemplate.aspx?id=6442474544.

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