Eaton and Montcalm counties have a lot in common. Both Michigan counties sell or give animals to research. Neither county lists available animals on www.petfinder.com or similar services. Neither county willingly releases animals to rescue groups and both shelters kill or send to research over 65% of the animals entering the shelters. They have another dubious similarity.
Recently, both counties have received media attention because animal control officers failed to respond to citizens calls about abandoned animals. In the case of Montcalm County, many animals died as a result of the failure of animal control to do it's job. The only reason there was a response at all was because a citizen contacted a local television station. Eaton County suffered a similar situation. Two dogs were chained outside during the horribly cold winter for 5 weeks while animal control refused to respond to requests for help. It took an article in the Lansing State Journal for the animal control division to respond.
Now the local officials are knocking themselves out trying to cover up and excuse the failure to perform official duty of animal control departments in Eaton and Montcalm counties. Eaton just issued its official investigation which chalks the horrible suffering of the animals up to little more than a failure to communicate. They even have the audacity to claim they have one of the best animal control shelters in the state of Michigan. Do they think people really are going to buy this line of bunk? The best shelter in the state of Michigan DOES NOT sell animals to research. The best shelter in the state of Michigan does not kill or sell to research 65% of the animals entering the shelter. The best shelters in the state of Michigan work with rescue groups, volunteers and foster homes. The best shelters in the state of Michigan respond to calls from citizens that animals have been abandoned.
Until Montcalm and Eaton counties stop giving or selling animals to research, there will be a lack of compassion from the staff. Animals are little more than commodities to the current employees, things to be killed or shipped to a horrible fate. There is no concern for the animals in the shelter, why would there be concern for animals outside of the shelter?
Lansing State Journal Article: Report about abandoned animals
Eaton County Internal Report about Abandoned Animals
Montcalm Residents Call the Media to Get Action for Dying Animals
Michigan Animal News article about Eaton County Animal Control
Michigan Animal News article about Montcalm County Animal Control
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