A Tennessee TV news reporter discovers the hideous truth about local shelters:
More than five thousand five hundred animals are put down every year in Bradley County. It’s a problem that animal control says can’t be avoided. Animal Control Director Gene Smith says there’s simply not enough room for the dogs and cats like these that are brought in.
The Bradley Co shelter has a 76% kill rate according to the report.
Director Gene Smith doesn’t deny the fact that healthy dogs and cats get the fatal injection every day. He says it’s simple a matter of overcrowding. […] “Pretty much always full, but there will be some times when a cage is empty because there are times when they have put down an animal that morning, but at the end of the day you will walk through and see full cages.”
But we did find some empty cages this afternoon. [Rescuer Betti] Gravelle questions why some are put down simply in anticipation of what could be brought in that day. “When I go in there and see an empty kennel I know an animal died that could be there and could have had one more day, just one more day, could have been adopted.”
If you’re killing thousands of friendly pets and blaming it on “overcrowding”, how is leaving some cages empty not a glaring, scramble-the fighter-jets indicator that you suck at your public service job? Why are people like this not terrified of the media exposing them for the cruel, killing machines that they are? Aren’t they worried that taxpayers will gather in the night with pitchforks and torches demanding widespread reform along with the director’s head on a platter? Oh, wait – it’s just animals.
Video of the report here.