The troubled Miami-Dade pound in FL is funded by taxpayers, in part to provide a safety net for stray pets in the community. But when a Good Samaritan tried to help a dog he found loose on a highway by bringing him to the pound recently, he was turned away. A Miami-Dade pound employee was caught on video telling the man the pound had no room and that he’d have to try again another day to get shelter for the dog.
Local news reporter Jacey Birch showed the video to manager Kathleen Labrada who described what happened as a “miscommunication”:
“For strays the doors are always open. We have no option in taking in strays,” said Labrada.
We have no option but to do the jobs taxpayers pay us to do. Except when we don’t do our jobs, in which case miscommunication.
But in this SuperFantasticWishTime exchange, the reporter doesn’t fail to do her job:
“If you euthanize for space, how could the shelter ever be at over-capacity?” asked Birch.
“The goal is to never euthanize for space,” said Labrada.
“But you do euthanize for space?” asked Birch.
“The shelter will euthanize for space as needed, but we take many actions to prevent that from ever happening,” said Labrada.
Like not accepting animals?
“In February, we saved 88 percent of the dogs and 82 percent of the cats, so obviously we’re doing something right,” said Labrada.
“Isn’t it because you’re not accepting the animals anymore?” asked Birch.
“No, not at all. We’re open for intake seven days a week,” said Labrada.
Jacey Birch: 1
Kathleen Labrada: 0
Stray pets in Miami-Dade County: We have no option but to miscommunicate you. Obviously. Because otherwise we’d have to do our jobs. Which sounds like work.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)