Many months ago, the mayor of Dunkirk, NY got rid of the city’s dumpsters to save money:
“The beginning of this year DPW Director (Tony) Gugino and I decided that they weren’t necessary,” [Mayor Anthony J.] Dolce said. “It saves us anywhere from $3-4,000 a year. Obviously the use or private dumpsters is highly frowned upon.”
The mayor is referring to a recent incident in which a local resident saw the city’s ACO place 2 bagged dog carcasses into a dumpster owned by a Family Dollar store. She reported the incident to police and concerned citizens are now wondering how long this practice has been going on:
This may not be the first time an animal’s been thrown in a private dumpster, as “[the ACO] was advised by the past animal control officer that this was how — if he was in a bind, to use a private dumpster.”
Dolce says the dog was put down at a local veterinarian’s office after its owner agreed it was a danger.
Amidst all the concern from local residents, city politicians and the media, I don’t see anyone addressing the issue of reducing the number of pets who require disposal by implementing proven no kill programs. Everyone seems aghast at the idea of throwing pets into the dumpster but no one is asking if they all actually need to go there in the first place.
When the ACO was hired 2 years ago, he told a local paper, “[W]e’ve got quite a feral cat problem.” He admonished people for feeding “wild animals” and expressed concern over the number of Pitbulls in the city and dogfighting. So where is Dunkirk’s TNR program? Where is the anti-dogfighting task force? Where are the city pound’s online listings for pets in order to get them out alive? Why isn’t anyone in Dunkirk asking these questions?