Jackson Co AC in Oregon has a history of killing microchipped pets and killing pets in general. The local NBC news affiliate has been following up on additional allegations of wrongdoing at the pound.
A former ACO is suing the county and the director claiming he was fired in retaliation over a sexual relationship with the director. They were reportedly having sex at the pound and on “business trips”, paid for by taxpayers.
“We all knew about it. the details, they were gross,” says former shelter employee Erin Conte.
Not to be voyeuristic but where in a pet killing facility is there to have sex? I’m ruling out the dog runs due to filth, the cat cages due to space, the lobby due to visitors… the kill room?
Volunteer Darrell Coggeshall says he’s witnessed a dog being choked by a current staff member. And it gets worse:
Sources at the shelter recounted multiple instances where they found kittens on the euthanasia room floor the day after lethal injection, shaking and struggling, still alive.
The state vet board is meh.
“I’ve heard those reports. If we had a case where it’s shown a certified tech were harming animals, we could propose to revoke that license,” says State Veterinary Board Executive Director Lori Makinen.
The two certified kill techs at the pound allowed their licenses to lapse last year, only renewing them after the local news began poking around. Maybe they were familiar with the board’s lackadaisical approach to enforcement.
“For a while, everything that came in got put down. We had whole families of mamas and babies come in, all healthy and friendly and sweet. They were euthanized for upper respiratory disease while none of them showed any signs of it. (what’s the real story there?) less paperwork,” says Coggeshall.
Oh and the director of the pound works from home. Somehow.
While all of this sounds really bad, take heart. The bigwig government stuffed shirt is on the case:
The ultimate boss at the shelter is Director of Human Services Mark Orndoff.
“I feel our shelter is one that is top notch. I’m very proud of the work that we do,” says Orndoff.
Top notch! I wonder which pet killing facilities he ranks near the bottom.