Monday, March 17, 2008

It's All so Predictable

My investigation of Eaton County Animal Control Shelter's practices and procedures sounds like a broken record. Another animal control facility that fails miserably. The public is not welcome, volunteers turned away. No attempt to find homes for animals. This isn't a shelter, but instead is an old fashioned dog pound. The place dogs go to be killed, out of sight, out of mind.

But this isn't the 1950's, it's 2008. Americans loves dogs and cats. They truly abhor animal abuse. They are also pretty much in the dark about what's happening at many “shelters” in this state. When they find out the ugly truth, things change rather quickly. It doesn't make political sense for county commissioners to continue the status quo, even if they despise dogs and cats.

They won't last long in their positions if they dismiss the pet loving public.
Animal advocates have a responsibility to bring issues to commissions, but not because they have a personal ax to grind. Emotional and hysterical unbased claims do more harm than good. So when you speak on behalf of animals remember to be polite, rational and factually accurate. Present well thought out solutions, not just rants about what's wrong. We can make great progress for animals if we go about it the right way.

Let's work together to expose the nasty pounds left in Michigan and to offer practical solutions to the problems we expose. Finally, let's never give up or give in, too many furry faces depend on us to do the right thing. Let's vow to either fix or close all of the “pounds” in this state and make certain that government treats are companions the way they expect the public to treat companion animals. Good luck to the animal lovers in Eaton County who are embarking on their revolution. It's about time.


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