In April 2015, Apple Valley Animal Services seized 13 starving dogs from rescuer Sherre Kay Buell. One dog was dead in a trash can on the property, one died on the way to the vet, and two had to be euthanized due to their poor condition. Buell has been charged with 12 counts of felony animal cruelty in Apple Valley and 3 counts in Hesperia (where she reportedly used to live). A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 3.
Starving dogs is unacceptable. Full stop. There is video at the link of a little girl trying to comfort a severely emaciated dog who is too weak to stand. It’s heartbreaking.
Killing pets, which is what they do at Apple Valley Animal Services, is also unacceptable. And there is no hope of recovery from death. Which puts the manager’s comments on the case in rather a – what’s the word – stupid light:
“I think that’s one of the most difficult things for any of us in the animal welfare position. Why do people hurt animals?” asked Gina Whiteside, the manager at the Town of Apple Valley Animal Services.
Yes please killsplain to us why people hurt animals while I browse through page after page of all the animals killed at your facility every month.
“There needs to be some animal action at the state level that regulates animal rescuing,” Whiteside said.
While shelters are regulated by law to humanely care and provide for the animals they take in, the same rules are not in place for rescue groups or the people who foster, explained Whiteside.
The Real Problem. Identified.
So we want to hold rescuers to the same legal standards as shelters that hide and kill animals. Because that would be better, somehow.
Whiteside acknowledged animal cruelty issues extend beyond the cases against any one individual, calling for progress to be made in laws and procedures dealing with general animal services.
“In my opinion, anything short of changing the ‘status quo’ when it comes to ‘saving animals lives’ does not signal that we (shelters, rescues, the community) want better outcomes for animals in need of our services (at every level),” she wrote.
*Mother of All Coffee Spews*
Being starved and alive with the hope that someone might save you is actually a better outcome than the “services” offered in Apple Valley’s kill room. The status quo at far too many so-called shelters like Apple Valley is convenience killing. Any interest in changing that?
The Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter dealt with its own controversy this summer after Richard Marx and other celebrities on social media criticized the shelter for euthanizing four puppies, which officials had first unsuccessfully tried to house in foster homes. Whiteside said the criticisms, however, were the result of misinformation and distorted facts.
Probably the case for the many, many,
really a lot many animals killed at Apple Valley. Just a bunch of hooey. If only we had harsher laws for rescuers!