If you are an ACO at MAS and willing to be on call overnight in case the police need your services, you get overtime pay. And it sounds like a pretty sweet deal because apparently when the call comes in from the cops, you get to decide if they really need you:
On August 9, 2011, when police called [ACO Kimberly Lockett] for help on an animal cruelty case, she told the dispatcher animal control officers don’t take animal cruelty or abuse calls after hours.
According to police records, three dogs were in bad condition. They didn’t have food or water. They were so weak they could barley walk or stand. The dog’s owner was charged with animal cruelty.
So weak from starvation they could barely stand. Yeah, that doesn’t sound urgent or anything. Nothing that couldn’t wait until the next day – which is when an ACO not getting overtime pay responded to the scene:
That officer determined the dogs were starving to death. They were flea and tick infested with open sores. The officer also wrote, “If the dogs had remained in the same condition it would cause immediate death for all three dogs. The condition was not safe and unsanitary.”
Immediate death. *yawn* Go back to sleep and dream about your overtime pay.
The shelter operations manager, Chelton Beamon, stands behind Lockett’s (in)actions. And at the end of the video clip, the anchor relates a city spokesperson’s explanation as to why ACO Lockett did not respond to the call:
There was no immediate threat to those dogs.
I guess, being an outside agitator, I’m probably the only one having trouble reconciling the words “immediate death” and “no immediate threat”.