The city animal shelter in Mt. Juliet, TN falls under the police department’s management. And police chief James Hambrick recently responded to local residents’ concerns by making some changes. The good news: The shelter will now be open to the public for 4 hours a day, 3 days a week. It was previously an appointment-only facility. The bad news: Most cats in need of shelter services will be turned away (with exceptions being made for injured cats). The reasons:
Chief Hambrick told News 2, cats take twice as much work to clean up after.
Stupid slobby cats.
“We listened to citizens’ concerns and we also prioritized our resources,” Hambrick explained.
Ah, so it’s a matter of resources. Or not:
What’s more, he said that if the city gave him more money he would promptly use it to amp up his police force.
“Our men and women are being killed out here,” he told the commissioners. “We’re dealing with some serious issues out here and that’s not to minimize cats, but let’s put this in the proper perspective.”
You guys, Mt. Juliet police officers are dropping like flies out there. And the amount of time it takes to scoop litter boxes (which happens to be twice the amount of time needed to scoop dog kennels) makes them targets. That’s obvious to everyone, I hope. A choice must be made between sheltering cats and amping up the police force because those are the only two possible things and we can’t have both. This is serious and not to minimize cats but I mean, fuck cats, am I right?
Animal advocates attended the board of commissioners’ meeting this week to ask the city to overturn the police chief’s decision. I guess those people just really hate police officers.