I understand that this interim vet has worked under Jennings in the past. I hope that he will have the fortitude to stand up to her because she will try to undermine him and control the fate of the animals with the misfortune to end up there. The fact that they are leaving the gas chamber available to her will lead to abuse. She needed to be terminated but I am glad that they made the changes they did and I think it shows they are taking the situation seriously. They need to be aware that we will be paying attention.
I wish the article had mentioned the fact that the gas chamber is an old freezer converted into a death chamber and that there are better methods. Columbia does not use a gas chamber because they consider it inhumane. I for one will be joining the citizens group but I think the changes cannot stop with just the removal of the gas chamber. The lack of honesty by management and the callousness of her decision making makes her unfit as our shelter director.
I for one am not going to debate the TNR or barn cat ideas. Do your own research about the success of these programs. The main problem here is easily defined. The vet should be determining if a cat is feral or not so that pets are not killed as soon as they get to the shelter and owners have the opportunity to claim them within the 5 days allowed by law. Any feral cats or animals that cannot be adopted and have to be euthanized should treated HUMANELY and not thrown into the shelters homemade torture chamber or rather gas chamber. So lets recap...the main problems we are addressing is the gas chamber, the shameful way that Dr. D was treated by the shelter manager and the police dept, the lies and cover-up that goes on and the deplorable way the citizens and volunteers are treated by Karen and her ACO's. One last thing...why is it that the kill numbers are so high yet the number of adoptable animals at the shelter is always so small?
I am willing to carry a sign and march in front of city hall if that is what it takes to make them see that we want new management and will not settle for less!
I really don't understand how anyone can defend a shelter director who uses a homemade gas chamber. Just because it's legal doesn't mean its okay. Even in the "olden days" I assumed that such a device was manufactured with controls and training provided. This is barbaric. I certainly wouldn't have dreamed that the city would allow this to go on. It is indefensible...period.
Many people in this town have had negative dealings with Jennings over the years and heard the inconsistencies that come out of her mouth. These kind people that have shared their stories are not lying about what has been going wrong under her leadership. She has earned her reputation as someone who believes that dogs and particularly cats are dangerous nuisances that have to be dealt with. Also, the newspaper got interested in this story because of another citizens recent loss of her pet to the gas chamber by an overzealous ACO who tosses so called "feral cats" into the gas chamber with Karen's blessing. Any cat that acts scared or like it might scratch while in a trap is called "feral". I've never met a friendly trapped animal have you? Check the numbers if you think this is being used mostly for wildlife. This is not because of someone's "ego".
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I heard that the gas chamber in question is actually an old freezer converted with a hose for gassing animals. It takes more time and effort to do things humanely. I think a shelter manager should actually have compassion for animals and a kind attitude to volunteers. I also heard that one of Jennings previous jobs included working at a pig slaughter plant. If other shelters manage to euthanize animals without a gas chamber then why cant we? They are just using safety of their employees as an excuse. An animal control officer who makes no secret of the fact that he doesn't like cats should not be the one to decide if a cat is feral and needs to die. That call should be made by the vet but she wasn't allowed to do her job. By the way...why are they bringing wild animals like raccoons from backyards to the shelter instead of releasing them elsewhere in the wild?
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