On the Bossier City Animal Control website, it says:
Euthanasia: Doing what is best for animals they love and the community they serve forces animal control personnel to make some hard decisions.
The problem: Animal shelters can usually offer only temporary shelter for the millions of unwanted animals. The cost to taxpayers for the housing of all unwanted animals on a permanent basis would be enormous. The alternative allowing animals to live in the wild or on the streets would inevitably lead to their destruction by starvation, disease and accidents.
The answer: Animal Control personnel are working tirelessly to bring the animal population under control and end the need for euthanasia. Unfortunately, until they succeed, euthanasia will remain a tragic necessity.
What I learned: There are only two option available to us in this country.
- Force taxpayers to provide lifelong sanctuary for every homeless pet.
- Allow homeless pets to roam freely until they starve to death, succumb to the plague or get squashed by a bus.
The ACOs are apparently working day and night to bring no kill to the community (there are 4 hours every week that the public can actually adopt pets!) but until the pixie dust settles, they’ll just have to keep killing pets. Because death is what’s “best for animals they love”.
In fact, death is so great, they even offer it to people’s pets they are “holding” at the shelter:
After a mix-up at a local animal shelter, a dog that was supposed to be returned to its owner was instead euthanized.
“Unfortunately the paper work got mixed up with one of the animals that showed the animal was not a hold animal,” said Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale.
Oops. But don’t worry. These folks are used to making the hard decisions:
The employee at Bossier City Animal Control who mistakenly put the dog down has been reprimanded.
You were supposed to needlessly kill this dog, not that dog. Bad ACO. Stupid paperwork mix-up!