I was reading through the Dallas Animal Services Annual Report; it’s disgusting. This is ONE TEXAS shelter, imagine the statistics across Texas. We need to continue to create the awareness of the severity of the problem and demand action.
According to the Dallas Animal Services Commission Annual Report, DAS impounded: 34,399 animals in 2009-2010, adopted out 2,760, redeemed 1,669, rescued 4,492, classify 589 as Misc disposition ( which is defined as returned to the wild, escaped, lost, stolen, died in shelter, etc.), & killed 24,793. I’m mad! We work so hard to save as many as we can, and as you can see by this report, we are fighting against the inhumanity of the people employed by taxpayer dollars to care for them. It’s not a pet overpopulation problem, it’s the arrogance and carelessness of elected officials and city management. Read the Dallas Animal Services Annual Report report.
The Commissioner’s Overview is both heartbreaking and disgusting; enough to make even the most cordial person angry beyond belief. How do these people keep their jobs? How are they not fired and convicted of animal cruelty? Here are a few excerpts …
- A Dallas police officer filed a complaint after he witnessed a DAS employee drag a horribly injured dog with broken legs across the pavement.
- A DAS employee was investigated for allegedly hitting a cat with a catch pole,causing severe trauma to the cat’s head and paws.
- The HVAC system in the three-year-old, $15 million “state-of-the-art” shelter failed repeatedly throughout the summer, leading to reports by staff of several animals that may have died of heat stroke.
- When DAS responded to a call to remove 118 cats from a hoarder’s apartment, a TV camera caught DAS officers dragging the frightened animals across a parking lot with catch poles looped around their necks and abdomens. At the subsequent seizure hearing, the DAS veterinarian recommended that all 118 cats be euthanized, although she had not performed health and behavior examinations onall of them. Based on this recommendation, the judge ordered that they all be euthanized. Despite pleas by rescue groups willing to take some of the cats, staff refused to ask the judge to amend his order.
March 2011, Harbored Souls Rescue tagged this scared little girl; we networked her on our Pawstively Texas Facebook page and found a foster home. Then we learned DAS had killed her covering up their mistake by saying she was sick. Rescues are always notified in advance if a pet becomes sick so the can get it to vet care. A week or so before, Karen took another sick one that was diagnosed with Parvo. DAS made a mistake and killed this scared little girl, then shamelessly covered it up with a lie. When will people finally have enough and demand change?
In the animal rescue/network community, we see people lose sleep over the ones we can not save, people give sacrificially of their time and financial resources to care for these innocent animals, then we have cruel-hearted people in charge of their lives and well-being. If we truly want change, we need to be the change agents for the change we want to see. Get involved in your local community; use the Open Records Act to find out what’s happening to the pets at your local shelter and stand up for them. If not us, who will?
Ryan Clinton, No Kill Advocate reminded me of this St Augustine quote:
“Hope has two beloved daughters, anger and courage. Anger at the way things are, and the courage to change them.”
He says, “Without anger, we won’t get anywhere.” How sad that factual information and compassion are not enough to enact change, how sad that we must first get angry and loud?