The Genesee Co pound in Flint, MI has gone back and forth from frying pan to fire in recent years. Stepheni Lazar, the Animal Control head from 2009 through early 2012, killed roughly 16,000 dogs and cats during her tenure according to the state’s annual reports:
- 2009: 8009 dogs and cats killed of 10,090 taken in – 79% kill rate
- 2010: 6062 dogs and cats killed of 8072 taken in – 75% kill rate
- 2011: 1766 dogs and cats killed of 2477 taken in – 51% kill rate
Ms. Lazar was replaced in March 2012 by Walt Rodabaugh. He too killed most of the animals entrusted to his care:
- 2012: 3957 dogs and cats killed of 6125 taken in – 65% kill rate
In May 2012, Mr. Rodabaugh dragged 28 Pitbulls on chokepoles from a home and then killed them. In September, he suspended the pound’s volunteer program claiming his employees felt threatened. Earlier this month, a citizen filed a complaint after he says he tried to surrender 2 dogs to the pound and was told by an employee the only way the county would accept them is if he signed an owner requested “euthanasia” form.
A county commissioner ordered a temporary halt to killings while the matter was investigated. While I don’t know the outcome of that investigation, Mr. Rodabaugh resigned this week. County commissioners immediately appointed Ms. Lazar to replace him without consulting the citizen advisory committee pushing for reform at the pound.
Frying pan, fire – it’s hard to distinguish sometimes, ain’t it?