Kennels are coated in grime. Air conditioning vents are filthy and there dirty litter boxes with pooper scoopers in the sink feeding area.
Photos of the conditions were provided to FOX 4 by a shelter employee who did not want to be identified out of fear of retaliation.
The employee said conditions for the 900 animals at the 2-year-old shelter are deplorable. The animals have also been without air conditioning for several months.
There are also claims of retaliation against whistleblowers at the shelter. Then there’s this:
The employee told FOX 4 earlier this week a cat that had gotten out of its cage was beaten by an animal keeper with a pole meant to catch dogs. The animal’s jaw and claws were broken.
The issue was brought before the Dallas Animal Shelter Commission.
“I think folks like this need to be better trained, maybe given jobs where they don’t have direct contact with animals. But, I would like that looked into,” said Chairman Robert Trimble.
Yeah maybe form a committee that meets every other month to determine if someone who beats a cat with a catch pole until its jaw is broken should possibly not have direct contact with animals at his job. I look forward to your report in 2011. 2012 at the latest.