In Texas, volunteers documented conditions at the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS) and posted the allegations and photos on Facebook. They also shared the information with CLASS board members who promptly resigned. The employees were fired and issued criminal trespass warnings by the county sheriff’s office which is conducting an investigation to determine if the alleged neglect warrants criminal charges.
The allegations include pets being left in filth, without food or water in some cases, missing pet food, and the killing of animals. Gina Archer, the former executive director who worked at CLASS for 14 years, says animals were only killed due to illness. She and her husband were 2 of the 3 employees fired on Monday this week:
The Archers deny any of the allegations and say none of the animals were covered in their own filth.
“There might have been that on Monday morning,” said Gina Archer. “That was not the case when we walked out of there at five in the afternoon on Saturday.”
This sounds to me like an admission that animals were neglected at CLASS from Saturday afternoon until Monday morning. Did Ms. Archer routinely leave shelter pets without care for more than an entire day? Several photos posted on the Facebook page maintained by volunteers depict buckets of undrinkable water. This one appears to be a trash bin with trash inside when it was filled with water and placed inside a dog kennel:
In addition to allegations of neglect, the volunteers who have taken over the shelter say there is no air conditioning, no computer and thousands of dollars in unpaid bills.
“Yesterday, we had no food, no cat litter and a half a gallon of bleach,” said new board member, Angie Gilstrap.
More than 100 cats and dogs were left in deplorable conditions.
But once word got out about the desperate need for help at the shelter, the public stepped up – big time. Donated food and supplies filled the office on Tuesday, dozens of people showed up to volunteer for cleaning duty and adopters arrived to take pets home. Assistance is still needed:
There is no way to currently donate online or via credit card, but Gilstrap expects that to be available by the end of the week.
Anyone who would like to donate money, time or items can do so at the shelter at 2170 Old Sattler Road in Canyon Lake, or call CLASS at 830-899-2527.
Thank you once again to the so-called irresponsible public for helping shelter pets get the care they need. I’d hate to think of a world without all you damn irresponsible people in it.
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)