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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 10:14 pm 
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Hi, I am new here and looking for new ideas.
I am 47 and don't work so when I got married and moved here I thought I would volunteer at a local shelter (animal control) to see if I could help with adoptions and make their (the animals) stay as comfortable as possible.
Well I was not only appalled by what was taking place there but I was discouraged from trying to raise adoption opportunities. He (the supervisor) would tell me no or he would look into it...NOT!
The problem with this animal facility is that the supervisor doesn't like cats. I had no idea how bad it was until I quit working for them and looked up the annual animal control report. Last year 72% of the cats were killed and only 27% of the dogs were killed.
He (Ernie, the sup) would tell me how he saved this dog and that one but would always discourage me from helping the cats. Well it caught up to him one day. They picked up a cat caught in a trap that a citzen had in his garden. Then when they got it to the shelter they killed it.
Well, the owner called soon after wanting her cat, but it was too late. They sat around talking about how they were going to cover their asses and then laughed and made jokes about the dead cat. So that is when I quit.
Since then I have found the owner of the cat (NuNu) and we have been to city meetings, have a petition that now has over 400 signatures, been in the local TV news and newspaper and the last thing we did is picket the shelter. I have even filed a complaint with the local police.
Their city ordinance says that if they impound an animal the owner has 3 days to reclaim it. But they say they have not broken any laws but Pat (NuNu's owner) has broken three.
Yet she has not gotten any tickets. Even with all the media coverage they still insist no crime has been committed and that they stand behind the ACO for killing the cat for it was a danger (they claim it was feral-a 17 lb. neutered cat) to the officers and public.
I am just sick over the fact that they will not stick with the city ordinances that they impose on the citizens and easily issue citations for not following yet they can do what they want regardless what it says.
I am at the end of my rope...I have wrote to alot of places for help and I have used up most of the suggestions and looking for more.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:35 am 
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Maybe Pat will keep a closer eye on her cats now.

Oh yeah, welcome to the forum!

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Well, she is finally starting to come around. She said she will get a harness and tie her cat up. But I asked she do it only in the backyard cause I have seen cases where people will untie the animal and tie it up to a car and the cat got dragged or run over.
She is not a very responsible guardian but the point is that animal control does not give those animals a chance. The place is just a slaughterhouse.
Thanks for the welcome, Archer!


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Welcome to the board & kudos to you for all you are trying to do to get that bastard exposed for what he is - a cat hater. I'm going to PM you a link to a cat message board, where you might find suggestions and help if you feel like posting there. Just copy & paste what you wrote here (except no curse words lol).


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Thank you, Grace...I need all the help I can get. Since the Deputy feels obligated to make my life hell I am considering getting an attorney for all I know he has already broke laws and cause I don't know the law he can get away with it.


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Well, she is finally starting to come around. She said she will get a harness and tie her cat up. But I asked she do it only in the backyard cause I have seen cases where people will untie the animal and tie it up to a car and the cat got dragged or run over.

Yeah, I've seen what can go wrong with a leash. I don't know what her best option would be, though.

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She is not a very responsible guardian but the point is that animal control does not give those animals a chance. The place is just a slaughterhouse.

Do they give the dogs a chance, and just not the cats? What kind of time frame do they allow the animals to stay before they put them down?

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Ernie likes dogs and has some of his own, so he tries to adopt them out and keeps all the cages full and only kills them when he has to. But he would not put beds in the pens with the dogs cause the officers complained about the poop getting stuck on it when they spray down the kennels.
Those poor dogs have no exercise or socialization. And they stay in these small pens 24/7 with nothing but a concrete floor that occasionally gets hosed down, including the dog if it gets in the way.
Every break I took I would like the dogs run in an area they kept for potential adopters to check out the dog. They have treats they can give the animals but they are so old and stale.
The city ordinance states they give each animal (with no clauses) 3 three days of impound before they can kill it or whatever.


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kathyk214 wrote:
Thank you, Grace...I need all the help I can get. Since the Deputy feels obligated to make my life hell I am considering getting an attorney for all I know he has already broke laws and cause I don't know the law he can get away with it.


If that woman, Pat, has a computer, tell her to do a search on "cat enclosures" and see the amazing outdoor cat habitats that people build (or can buy) to give their kitties outside time while keeping them safe and sound. Some are quite elaborate with cage "tunnels" from a house window or cat door to the caged (or chicken wire) enclosure with tree branches, ledges, etc. They range in sizes too. I'm going to have hubby build one soon. A lot of cat owners never think of this option. Here's an especially nice one:

http://cats.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsit ... losure.htm


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Grace wrote:
kathyk214 wrote:
Thank you, Grace...I need all the help I can get. Since the Deputy feels obligated to make my life hell I am considering getting an attorney for all I know he has already broke laws and cause I don't know the law he can get away with it.



PS - have you contacted a local newspaper/reporter? They might be interested in this story. It would be especially good if the reporter was a cat lover too. I'm glad you visited the other board. Saw the support you got there. Sometimes it helps just to know people are behind you and you're not alone.


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Yes, I have had lots of media coverage. I have a few supporters but not many wanting to go out on a limb for the cause. And some are being warned/threatened because of their association with me.
I good supporter I have has contacted the Texas Monthly magazine for he said they wrote an article on a shelter sometime back and thought they may do it again.
So I wrote them and they sent me a email stating someone would contact me within three days but that was yesterday, but I have my fingers crossed.
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Sounds like you're doing all the right things kathy. There was a similar situation here in Fla. where an animal control supervisor was fired. Here's the thread on this board:

http://www.envirolink.org/forum/viewtop ... 90b7d08725


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Kathy...if they didn't hold the cat for the mandatory 3 days, then she has a valid complaint against the animal shelter. Very foolish of the aco's to openly discuss covering their asses.


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You can say that again! I am sure they will think twice next time.
Anyway, update: they are now putting up ads for adoption, so I am having success. Yipee!!!
thanks for all the help and support...you can now go to a website I put up with all the information.
If you would like to help please, write to city officials listed at this website:
http://www.freewebs.com/kathyk214
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