I always like to share examples of anyone who has been involved with a shelter, suspected wrongdoing, and documented her concerns. Tonya Barker and Barbara Koblinsky spring to mind as good examples. And here is the work of Robby Caban, a former intern at Fulton Co Animal Services in GA. She collected evidence of possible crimes and ethical violations such as theft of public services, neglect, oops-killings, theft of supplies and missing shelter pets and spotlighted her concerns in two videos posted to YouTube. Everyone at a shelter who wonders what sort of evidence needs to be collected when wrongdoing is suspected but management fails to act should watch these videos.
Ms. Caban then took her documents to the media and the CBS affiliate in Atlanta ran a story on the Fulton Co pound:
[Robby Caban] took photographs of animals living in cages with feces and urine for several hours, as well as dirty food and water and in some cases no water at all.
“We would see animals throw up and because people weren’t walking through the kennel monitoring them, other animals would eat the throw up,” Caban said.
Caban met with the District Attorney’s Office to report her findings on Friday.
This is what every so-called “Friend” of every shelter where abuse is occurring should do. Instead, we too often see “Friends” of these shelters enabling the abuse and needless killing by whitewashing the crimes or worse, covering them up. I hope Ms. Caban’s actions help to bring meaningful reform to the Fulton Co pound.