When the public won’t stop clamoring for their public animal shelter to do the job they’re paying them for, the only reasonable thing to do is punish the public. That’s the approach the long-troubled Dallas pound is taking in a briefing posted this week to the city’s website. Among the proposed punishments:
- Slap pet owners who fail to license, fail to keep a rabies tag on their pets at all times, or fail at some other horrible thing with criminal fines and civil fines. If they can’t pay, sue them.
- Impound pets belonging to anyone who hasn’t gotten them neutered and hasn’t bought a special permit.
- Eliminate holding period protections for cats picked up outdoors.
- Eliminate holding period protections for dogs picked up from areas “with high incidence of injury by animals”.
What’s that you say? You are a taxpayer and if your cat or dog gets lost and impounded by Dallas Animal Services, you want the chance to reclaim him and you don’t want pound staff disposing of him as they see fit before you even get home from work?
You don’t see how increasing impounds and breaking up families by imposing hefty fines many owners won’t be able to pay qualifies as “sheltering”?
You sound like a troublemaker. We have punishments for you.
DAS killed more than 9000 dogs last year. But don’t worry, that’s “the hard part of the job.” I guess thinking up ways to increase intake and take pets out of homes is the easy part. Good going DAS.