In response to an e-mail from a concerned citizen about the city’s intention to kill the webcams, Bobby White had this to say:
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:40 AM
Thank you for your interest. I’m not sure if you are familiar with the number of “false alarms” that have come from pictures captured by these webcams which I might add shoot images every 15 seconds. The pictures captured by these webcams and the narratives associated with these images by individuals who have neither contacted us or sought to get answers on what these pictures actually portrayed have been used to mount negative email campaigns against the shelter and the employees. There have been images circulating of a cats being poked while they are in the cage by the ends of metal poles; in fact the image shows a shelter worker opening the secured, back area of a cage to place a feral cat into it while the cat’s cage was cleaned. We have even recently seen photos circulating of dogfighting at the shelter when the security camera plainly showed one pit bull attacking another one and two employees trying to pull them apart.
I mention this only to offer some perspective.
We are working hard and will continue to do so. Thanks again for your concern.
He only wants to offer some perspective. Let us all perspect, shall we?
Cat (in labor at the time these images were taken) being poked with a pole. Repeatedly. And clearly not a secured cage being opened:
By all means, please show us the video footage documenting what appears to be blatant abuse of this poor cat. We’ll add it to the collection of horrors.
The photo of the dogfight that was captured on the webcam is reflective of the negligence, incompetence and cruelty that is clearly apparent on the security camera footage – which we never would have seen without the webcam shot so thank you for making our case for us. (By the way, when is the mayor going to address the incompetence and cruelty evident in the video?)
Forgive me for feeling less than reassured by the comment that you will continue doing what you’ve been doing. Like, that’s the problem.