“Just the worst shit that you’ve ever seen in your life” at OC Pound

California – Remember when Orange Co Animal Care Director and Chief Veterinarian Jennifer Hawkins was crusading for the right to kill a service dog named Karma because dogs are descended from wolves?  Well she’s got more wacky up her sleeve.  Like reportedly killing an adolescent puppy for being “bratty”.  And in response to two scathing grand jury reports which cited filthy conditions causing animals to get sick and “poor management practices and lack of effective leadership” as the root of many of the facility’s problems, Hawkins addressed animal advocates at a public meeting in September:

As for euthanasia practices, the shelter’s director said the policy is to only put down animals that have health or behaviors that are beyond staff’s ability to manage. Euthanasia rates are down to less than 6 percent this year, said Dr. Jennifer Hawkins[.]

Apparently teen puppy brattiness is beyond her staff’s ability to manage.  But reducing the kill rate to less than six percent sounds good, yes?  I mean, if it weren’t a big fat lie:

Of the 2,050 animals entering the county government’s sole shelter in October, 725 were euthanized, according to data from shelter officials. That makes for a euthanasia rate of 35 percent[.]

Ah, I see. Probably a lot of brats in there though.

Then there’s this:

Lake Forest Councilman James Gardner, who is active on animal issues, says the high euthanasia rate is an indicator of major problems with the way Orange County shelters animals.

While the shelter has many documents and policies about how to kill animals, “they have almost nothing on how do you care for animals. Almost nothing on how do you make [them] marketable to the people,” Gardner said.

The documents include advice on how many animals to put on table at a time when killing them, he added. “Just the worst shit that you’ve ever seen in your life.”

How many animalS? What the mother flippin’ pancake?  No animal should be killed in view of another animal, at any distance, never mind on the same table.  What kind of kill room horror show is going on at Orange Co?

When the shelter is killing as many animals as it does, Gardner said, it makes it harder to get volunteers to care for them.

Gosh, ya think?  I can’t understand why there isn’t a line of animal lovers around the block waiting for their chance to hold down animals on the kill table while they watch their buddies getting snuffed.

“Orange County kills animals because they’re scared – honestly, because animals are scared, they’re put to death.”

Look, I am a human being, thousands of miles away from the Orange Co pound and thinking about that kill room makes *me* scared.  I can only imagine how the animal victims locked up in the place feel.

This month, animal advocates spoke at the Orange Co Board of Supervisors meeting about their ongoing concerns. Advocates say the shelter manipulates data to give the appearance of a lower kill rate, e.g. counting the killing of an entire litter of kittens as one animal. Hawkins tried giving advocates the silent treatment at the meeting:

There was no response from county staff to the claims. Hawkins was watching the comments in the audience, but did not respond. Her spokeswoman didn’t have further comment when asked about the claims after the meeting.

The following day, Hawkins released a short statement saying her agency will be complying with a directive from county supervisors to respond to the claims by an unspecified date.

The county has previously stated that it’s not management’s fault that morale is low among shelter staff – it’s those pesky animal advocates who keep speaking up and demanding transparency and the implementation of proven lifesaving methods and yadda yadda.  I look forward to the next non-response at an unspecified date.  Meantime, go Team Pesky.

(Thanks Clarice.)

IL Veterinarian Accused of Brutal Acts Against Shelter Pets

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has issued a 17 page complaint against Andrew Kaiser, the contracted veterinarian for the Quincy Animal Shelter who also runs a private practice. The document alleges numerous incidents where Kaiser failed to exercise “skill and care” in treating animals. Two of the alleged incidents occurred at the shelter.

Kaiser allegedly strung up a friendly pitbull at the shelter in a chokepole until the dog couldn’t breathe, hanged him then slammed him to the floor. The dog, whom Kaiser was supposed to be vaccinating, was left bleeding from the mouth.

A chihuahua whom Kaiser was supposed to euthanize at the shelter reportedly behaved in an aggressive manner. Kaiser allegedly tightened the noose of a chokepole around the dog’s neck, dragging and choking him inside the cage. The dog ended up breaking several teeth against the cage wall before Kaiser finally dragged him to the ground and stepped on the tiny pet with both feet while injecting him.

The remainder of the incidents allegedly happened at Kaiser’s private clinic and seem to demonstrate a pattern of willful negligence and violence against animals. Surgeries, including declawing and limb amputation, were allegedly performed without pain medications being administered during or after the procedures. Post surgical patients were allegedly left to bleed to death, unattended. When a dog balked at being caged, Kaiser allegedly punched him in the hip repeatedly.

The city of Quincy needs to decide what to do with Kaiser’s contract.  I have suggestions.  The county state’s attorney is dragging his feet too:

KHQA reached out to Adams County State’s Attorney Jon Barnard.

He said his office is waiting for an outside consultant before making a decision on whether to charge Dr. Kaiser with criminal charges.

The outside consultant is reportedly the ASPCA.  They need the ASPCA’s opinion on whether stringing up a 5 pound dog in a chokepole, knocking his teeth out then standing on him with both feet while killing him rises to the level of criminal charges.  Because grey area.

While all of the allegations are horrifying, the one that sticks in my craw the most is the hip punching.  To me, that’s an indication of someone who has been abusing pets for years and knows how to inflict maximum pain without leaving visible marks.  And if the owner noticed the dog limping or crying out after jumping on the bed at home, he’d probably take him right back to Kaiser for treatment.  Nice little business model there.

I hope the city of Quincy and the county state’s attorney don’t take too long consulting on Kaiser’s skill and care.  How many more animals must suffer and die while they make up their minds?

(Thanks Clarice.)

Weekend Jade

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Disability? I’ll Drink to That! *clink*

drinkingproblemThe city of Fort Worth hired a contract veterinarian, Joel Akin, to neuter animals at the city shelter.  Some of the surgeries reportedly didn’t go well.  After a dog he spayed died at the facility, the rescuer intending to pull the dog asked to speak with him but she says he refused.  A technician at the clinic reported that Akin was drunk on the job.  The city immediately suspended and later fired her for making “irresponsible and unfounded” allegations.

Cue the enabling:

Akin’s boss, code compliance director Brandon Bennett, told a local paper, “Akin had a disability that sometimes caused him to get dizzy and slur his speech but that he was a skilled vet.”

He’s a deadbeat dad who’s also gotten into trouble for assaulting and harassing people BUT, it’s a disability.  I hope we can get him a special parking space.

“He’d had a troubled life,” [Fort Worth assistant city manager Fernando] Costa said. “But not withstanding those problems, he appeared to be fully certified as a veterinarian.”
The I-Team found those problems included a criminal record for driving under the influence, public intoxication and police reports alleging akin was shouting racial slurs in public.

Akin reportedly posted a number of disturbing comments on Facebook while employed by the city, some calling on people to kill Muslims, others described as “suicidal” in nature and uh, some other stuff.

At a hearing in November 2015, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners found that Akin was a “continuing threat and a real danger” to his patients and/or the public and suspended his license.  The city finally canceled Akin’s contract.  After the state vet board took his license away.  Cause before that, he appeared to be fully certified as a veterinarian.  With a disability.

(Thanks Clarice.)

Name That Animal

This is just for fun and the only rule is:  no researching.  Post your answers in the comments.  Reading other people’s answers before posting your own is going to kill us all optional.  Answer will be posted in the comments tomorrow.

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Former WV Pound Director Arrested

A year long police investigation of Carrie Lynn Carr, who ran the Fayette Co pound in WV for several years for the New River HS before retiring last month, has resulted in criminal charges.  Among the allegations against Carr:

  • Severely injured/ill animals, including a dog with her uterus falling out, were hidden in back room cages out of public view until they died instead of receiving veterinary care.
  • Animals were crammed into tiny crates and cages and forced to live there for extended periods of time.  Large animals were unable to turn around or even lie down in their enclosures.
  • Food was tossed onto cage floors, filthy with feces and urine.
  • Individual water bowls were not provided but rather a single bucket of water was available in the facility for animals to drink.
  • A female coonhound was starved at the pound for 8 months.  She developed open sores on her hips which were never treated.
  • Carr submitted payroll records showing she worked 35 hours a week when in fact she never dragged herself in much before 3 pm and left promptly at the 5:30 pm closing time.
  • When minimum wage workers at the pound (which Carr was not) were authorized to receive a 75 cent per hour raise in January 2015 in order to bring them up to the state mandated minimum, she gave herself the same raise.

How lazy and ridiculous were the people at this place?  Here:

The criminal complaint continues to say a “heating crisis” at the animal shelter in the winter of 2014-2015, caused the New River Humane Society to urgently ask the public to donate blankets and portable heaters. The complaint alleges Carr and other employees of the shelter didn’t check the level of propane in their tank and failed to order additional propane to be delivered.

There was reportedly nothing wrong with the heating system- Carr and the other employees simply allowed the propane to run out.

I don’t… I can’t… I just –

Obviously this kind of neglect and abuse does not happen in a vacuum.  There were enablers, notably the New River HS board, which included Carr’s mother and brother.  But it’s all good and sparkly now:

Newly-elected members of the Board of Directors for the New River Humane Society have pledged to take a more ‘hands-on’ approach in overseeing the operations of the Fayette County Animal Control Center.

Gosh, so bold.

They point out that Carr was not working for the New River Humane Society and the Fayette County Animal Control Center when she was arrested.

Remember when President Carter got the American hostages released but Iran agreed to hold them until after Reagan was sworn in?

They say Carr’s actions were not instructed by the NRHS Board of Directors nor were the Board of Directors aware of these actions.

Not instructed? So the board actually didn’t type up a memo telling Carr that when mangled cats or dogs with their guts falling out get impounded, it was protocol to hide them in the dungeon until they eventually suffered to death. Got it.

As far as the board not being aware, that is not an excuse – it’s the problem.

Fayette Co commission president Matt Wender doesn’t want to be outdone on the enabling front, apparently:

Wender, too, became more involved in the shelter, stopping by unannounced over the last year. He said he never saw animals abused. Volunteers and employees had already cleaned cages or were in the process of cleaning them.
Often when he stopped by, volunteers were walking dogs, he said.
“I believe that those now left in charge of the shelter do a good job. Those on the board now are without blame.

Sounds so nice. Any of the dogs being walked have their guts dragging behind them? Just wondering.

Carr has been charged with a felony count of obtaining money under false pretenses, three counts of falsifying accounts and three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. She’s out on a $20,0000 bond.

(Thanks Clarice for the links.)

Rowan Co ACO Who Broke Cat’s Face Cleared by State

The NC Department of Agriculture, which oversees animal shelters, investigated the brutal microchipping (wait – WTF did I just write?) of a cat by a Rowan Co pound employee which resulted in the cat’s jaw being broken in two places.  The severely injured cat, Cooper, was reportedly uncooperative during the bloody torture.  Cooper is currently undergoing lengthy veterinary treatment and is being fed a liquid diet.  The state has completed its investigation and determined that the ACO did not violate the NC Animal Welfare Act:

According to the investigation report from the Department of Agriculture, “The statements of the shelter staff, rescue personnel and veterinarians, the veterinary medical records and the shelter records have been reviewed. This review concludes that as Cooper was provided with access to veterinary care within 30 minutes of injury. Therefore veterinary care was provided as required by 02 N. C. Administration Code .0210 (c). Consequently, the findings of this investigation do not substantiate a violation of the N. C. Animal Welfare Act. The investigation findings have been turned over to the Rowan County Manager’s Office and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department.”

Sooooo brutal microchipping is a thing and it’s condoned by the state so long as the victim is given to someone who takes him to a vet within 30 minutes of the torture.  If that truly falls within the Animal Welfare Act, I’m thinking the Animal Welfare Act sucks and needs to be changed to be a little more welfare-y and a little less legal-cover-for-animal-shelter-torture-y.

Rowan County Manager Aaron Church won’t say whether the unnamed ACO is still on paid administrative leave or back at uh, work.

Clai Martin, longtime pound director at Rowan Co, is being shifted to a related position in a county consolidation move:

As part of the consolidation, current Rowan County Animal Control Director Clai Martin will be moved into another position — manager of the animal enforcement division.
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The consolidation would create a new department called Rowan County Animal Services. Church said Bob Pendergrass, the current director of the Nature Center at Dan Nicholas Park, would be promoted to oversee the new, consolidated department.

They’ve set a pretty low bar for you, Nature Center Guy. I hope you will raise it.  Anything above “We don’t break cat faces for hissing during microchipping here” would be a good start.

(Thanks Lisa and Clarice for the links.)

Weekend Jade

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Size has its advantages

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as does puppy sneakiness.

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