The city of Krum, Texas has a population of 4200 and the police department runs AC. The Denton Record-Chronicle recently ran an article outlining a host of legal and ethical violations at AC.
Krum employs one ACO and he is apparently not certified which is a violation of state law. AC only takes in about 6 pets per month (mostly dogs) yet the city does not provide shelter from the elements for the pets it impounds, housing them instead in outdoor kennels. Some animals are transferred to – and subsequently killed at – the nearby Denton pound. The article doesn’t state whether Krum offers pets for adoption and the website directs visitors to “contact City Hall” regarding pet adoptions.
In January, the pipes froze at the Krum kennel location and so the officer noted he was unable to provide water to the dog in the city’s care. In what type of environment is it acceptable to make a note that you are failing to provide life sustaining water to an animal entrusted to your care? I dread to think. The so-called shelter is not state certified.
In October, the ACO ticketed a local feral cat colony caretaker and TNR volunteer for having more cats in her home than the city ordinance allows. This is how they treat someone volunteering to do their job for them by vaccinating, neutering and caring for community pets?
Texas law requires Krum to have an animal advisory board but the city has apparently never complied with this law. State mandated record keeping is also not being performed by the city’s AC unit.
Despite Krum AC, which again – is run by the police department, being in violation of state laws for years, the city council doesn’t appear to be losing any sleep over the matter:
Krum council member Michael Wilkes said he has been aware of the problem for a while, but he was not concerned that the council hadn’t discussed it yet.
Council members Bert Witherspoon, Christine Rodriguez, Joe Beall, Paul Meine and Mayor Terri Wilson did not return calls for comment.
“These things take time,” Wilkes said. “It’s my understanding that it will be on the agenda for the first meeting in March.”
I’d love to see a copy of that meeting’s minutes which I imagine will read something along the lines of, “Laws, schmaws.” Any readers in the area that can shed any additional light on this situation?