Director of the City of Muncie, Animal Care & Services Department
Phil Peckinpaugh is the current Director of the City of Muncie, Animal Care & Services Department, a position he has held since January of 2012. The department performs animal control, rescue, redemption and adoption services for the City of Muncie and unincorporated Delaware County, Indiana. Prior to serving in his current capacity, Mr. Peckinpaugh was the Executive Director of a private non-profit animal rescue in Muncie, the Animal Rescue Fund, Inc.
Since taking over the helms of the city of Muncie Animal Care and Services department, Phil has transformed a once failing shelter in to an example for not only shelters in Indiana but all over the United States. Killing rates have decreased from just under 50% to 3% in a short amount of time, while adoptions and redemptions have increased by over 100%. Both monetary donations and rescue rates have seen a dramatic rise as well with an over 1000% rise compared to former administrations. A very abbreviated list of Peckinpaugh’s accomplishments include, successful investigation and prosecution of the largest animal fighting ring in East Central Indiana history, complete rebranding of current department, successfully re-drafting the City of Muncie animal care ordinances with successful passage, successfully passing what his been called the most progressive and comprehensive animal protection ordinance in the country in 2017, being selected as the 2013 Muncie/Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Public Servant of the Year, 2014 Muncie Star Press 20under40, and creating a dog walking enrichment program that gained both national and international praise in pairing gamers with shelter dogs.
Phil studied Civil Leadership and Communication at Indiana State University, earning his BS degree in 2008. Phil. his wife, Melissa, and daughter Ruthie, reside in Muncie. Indiana with many four legged children.