Animal advocates have reportedly been complaining for months to San Bernardino city officials about the killing of animals at the pound. The allegations include animals being killed before the legally mandated hold period has expired and the killing of pets whom rescue groups wanted to save.
Police Capt. Raymond King, who oversees the shelter because of a departmental consolidation that came just after the city filed for bankruptcy protection in August 2012, said he reads each of the emails and looks into specific charges and areas for improvement.
But he said he sees no evidence of the legal violations suggested in the emails.
I am skeptical of this claim given my experience requesting complete records for one dog at the San Bernardino pound which revealed the city kept almost no records on the pet. How can any claims be investigated in a meaningful way if the record keeping is as poor as it was in that dog’s case?
By state law, strays are kept for four business days unless they meet one of a few special considerations such as extreme aggression or illness.
“If the animal is not sick or anything and we have room, we’ll keep it as long as we can — even if it’s been six, seven, eight days,” King said. “There’s one dog that had been in there for a couple weeks, because we could hold onto that dog.”
Gee, wow. We could be killing even more pets than we already are but sometimes we keep them extra DAYS. Where are our cupcakes?
One local advocate is reportedly planning to sue the city over the killing of animals before their holding periods have expired. And an area veterinarian was highly critical of a proposal to expand the shelter:
“They want to be able to take in many more animals, which translates directly into many more $ in their pocket,” wrote Amanda Gillen, a veterinarian from Santa Clarita who says she has treated some animals from San Bernardino that showed signs of poor care. “Not because there’s more need, not because they can adequately care for the numbers they have, not because their adoption rates are so high, and their programs so great, that they can get more animals adopted. Simply because more animals in = more $$$ in the pockets of those running the show.”
On the opposite side, there is a shelter pet advocate named Sharon Gaitan-Blechinger of the group HEAL who defends the killing by blaming the public:
The problems lie with a problem that hasn’t been addressed for 40 years — honestly, it’s the community. The majority of them are irresponsible. They don’t spay and neuter their animals, and so you have a huge number of dogs going through there and not enough people to adopt them.”
Dang, that community sucks. Totally. What a bunch of losers. Tell us more about these pathetic gits please:
“As usual, HEAL will get the community involved. That’s how we get our money.”
Oh. I see. So these people are like irresponsible twits who open their checkbooks freely when called upon to help pets being killed by the shelter. Compassionate dirtbags, if you will.
The truth is out there.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)