Strap in – it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Last July, Odessa AC in TX visited the home of Some Dumbass who was keeping a mountain lion as a pet. The ACO advised the owner the cage the animal was living in was too small and the gaps between the bars were too wide. The owner did nothing. In October, the mountain lion reached out through the large gaps in the cage and grabbed Some Dumbass’s 4 year old nephew, biting him in the face.
As it turns out, AC was not following the law when they allowed Some Dumbass to keep a mountain lion as a pet. So this month, AC apparently wondered what other animal related issues they might not be keeping tabs on as far as legal liability and such. So they got their thinking caps on and…
Guess what? The city doesn’t have an official policy in place regarding the credentialing of rescue groups that pick up pets from the pound. As such, the city abruptly banned all rescues from the pound while they craft an official rescue credentialing policy, which is going to take a few weeks. They’ll still be killing pets during this time, but all rescuers, even those they have known and worked with for years, will be denied the ability to save pets.
It’s nice that Odessa AC is stopping to examine whether they are doing a decent job. But while they are doing so, can’t they at least allow known rescuers to save pets from the pound? The city is concerned that evil people are going to pose as rescuers and “do God-knows-what” to the pets they take from the pound. Sure, that’s a risk, albeit a very tiny one. But by temporarily banning all rescuers from the place, the city is condemning the pets to something much worse than “God-knows-what”. There is nothing worse than death.