In answer to some of the criticism expressed by those who are praying for my death after (not) reading my post on Lyons, I’d like to offer the following clarifications:
I did not blindly believe every word the shelter staff told me. I don’t blindly believe every word anyone I talk to for the blog tells me. If you got the impression that I did, you either did not read or misunderstood the post. Please go back and read it.
I was not excusing or justifying the killings in any way. If you got the impression that I was, you either did not read or misunderstood the post. Please go back and read it.
I don’t get paid for blogging. I accept no ads and if you ever see ads on this blog (as blog owner, I never see any), it’s because WordPress placed them there in exchange for their free blogging services. No one has compensated me to say anything about the Lyons shelter. If you got the impression that I was financially profiting, you were wrong.
Lastly, after reading all the FB postings saying that the Lyons shelter had an unlicensed vet beat 90 dogs and then heartstick them before burying them alive – knowing all the while that rescue was on the way to pull some of them – I was horrified. The killing of adoptable pets is unnecessary and outrageous in and of itself but to have allegations of extreme cruelty such as these is sickening. I could have chosen to post immediately on the subject and jump on the Blind Hate Bandwagon. I chose not to because, as I said to one commenter (paraphrasing):
It would have been a no-brainer to put up a frothing-at-the-mouth-post saying, “OMG these people are monsters! Let’s all grab our pitchforks and torches and run screaming into the night!” I probably would have gotten dozens of comments (from people who didn’t bother to read past the first sentence) saying “Yay”, “You are Teh Awesome!”, etc. But I actively try to avoid no-brainer posts. There are plenty of fluff pieces out there on pet blogs for those who want them. That’s not what I created this blog for. And I’m not looking for warm, fuzzy comments. Although I certainly do appreciate any sincere support I get.
I wanted to talk to someone at the shelter and put the allegations to them directly for a response. I wanted to share those responses so readers could decide for themselves how they felt after hearing what the ACO had to say. Moreover, I wanted to look at the bigger picture – as in, How could this awful event be prevented from happening again? My point in posting the conversation I had with the shelter ACO was that here we had a kill shelter saying “We’re open to help” while many of the folks who could actually help save pets at that shelter were whipping up wild exaggerations about what went on there. That’s not how pets get saved. I condemn the killing of healthy/treatable pets at shelters, as always. The fact that these dogs were killed is itself heartbreaking and tragic. There is no need to embellish or exaggerate the event. But maybe, instead of feeding the mob mentality monster, animal advocates could use this as a chance to open a dialogue with the shelter and see if they truly are interested in killing fewer pets. It would be a meaningful and appropriate tribute to those who were killed if advocates could redirect their energy toward working to prevent this from happening again. And the time to act is now, while there is extensive public awareness of the event.
I would like to mention too that I spoke with Holly from SOAPS yesterday. She offered to send me some photos and a document related to the Lyons shelter. If I receive those, I will share them.