Victoria Co Pound Has a 6% Adoption Rate, Zero Tolerance for Rescues

The Victoria Co pound in Texas, where a dog who had an adopter waiting was recently oops-killed because not killing is hard, is back in the news: Since November 2014, 3,515 dogs and cats have entered the shelter, according to records. Of those, 238 were adopted. 238 adopted. *sound of balloon deflating* Glass half full: … Continue reading Victoria Co Pound Has a 6% Adoption Rate, Zero Tolerance for Rescues

Dallas Animal Services: Skanks Gonna Get Themselves Locked Up If They Don’t Step Off

You may remember Dallas Animal Services from such knee-slapping exploits as oops killing a bucket of kittens while a foster home was being arranged, secretly killing 4 dogs slated for rescue and leaving a cat trapped inside the pound wall to suffer and die.  Now, more hilarity as compassionate citizens who care for strays at … Continue reading Dallas Animal Services: Skanks Gonna Get Themselves Locked Up If They Don’t Step Off

San Diego Co Pound Volunteers Go Public with Concerns

More than a dozen current and former volunteers with the County of San Diego Animal Services recently shared some concerns with The San Diego Union-Tribune. Among the volunteers' complaints are needless killings, poor conditions, and retaliation against volunteers who speak out. The allegations mirror some of those made in lawsuits filed by former vets at … Continue reading San Diego Co Pound Volunteers Go Public with Concerns

San Diego Co Shelter Vet Files Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit

Dr. Bruce Cauble, a California veterinarian who worked at San Diego County's three shelters since 2002, has filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the county.  Named in the lawsuit is deputy director and medical operations manager David Johnson, a registered veterinary technician who oversees the medical portion of the three county shelters.  The lawsuit alleges that … Continue reading San Diego Co Shelter Vet Files Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit

Genesee Co Pound and Director Named in Whistleblower Lawsuit

The long troubled Genesee Co AC pound in Flint, MI took in 5168 dogs and cats in 2013, killing 3246 of them - a kill rate of 63%.  (The 2014 reports haven't been posted yet.) In early January 2015, the county hired Paul Wallace as pound director and Karen Dombrowski as deputy director.  Ms. Dombrowski was fired … Continue reading Genesee Co Pound and Director Named in Whistleblower Lawsuit

Police Officer Fired after Standing Up to City Officials and Refusing to Shoot Loose Dogs

Walker Co, AL used to have a pound but the place closed a few years ago after it was exposed as a dog killing hole.  Since then, the city of Carbon Hill in Walker Co has apparently been trying to avoid the issue of homeless pets on the streets.  That brilliant plan did not work … Continue reading Police Officer Fired after Standing Up to City Officials and Refusing to Shoot Loose Dogs

Rotting from the Head Down: How the Neglect of a Dog at the Louisville Pound Went Public Despite a Political Cover-up

Regular readers may remember the tragic story of Sadie, an injured dog who suffered for months at the hands of Louisville Metro Animal Services before finally being euthanized by rescuers.  Heather Adkins, an employee at LMAS during the time Sadie was there who later became her foster owner and advocate, was smeared by the city … Continue reading Rotting from the Head Down: How the Neglect of a Dog at the Louisville Pound Went Public Despite a Political Cover-up

ACLU Stands Up for First Amendment Rights of Animal Advocates in Baltimore County

The troubled Baltimore Co pound in MD has banned the public from photographing pets in the facility and the ACLU has written to county officials condemning the ban: The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland says Baltimore County officials violated free-speech rights by banning photography at the county-run animal shelter, a move the ACLU describes … Continue reading ACLU Stands Up for First Amendment Rights of Animal Advocates in Baltimore County