It's getting hot and heavy in the Pacific Northwest. This blog is carrying it all. Just like Mike Speedy in Indy is concerned with public safety, now King County residents are yelling the same. The "No Kill'ers" are yelling to save the animals in the shelter but they don't grasp what it takes to do that and what it takes away from to do it. This nuts probably also believe that money grows on trees.
Go to this blog maintained by the head of the ACO Guild, the current news reports are on it and no use repeating. They need positive comments too if you can spare a few minutes.
UPDATE: Article in the Bakersfield Californian/Kern on the subject.
Oops, pet rescue missions broke rules
BY JAMES BURGER, Californian staff writer
firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday, Sep 15 2009 05:56 PM
Last Updated Tuesday, Sep 15 2009 05:58 PM
More than 180 Kern County dogs transported to Seattle to reduce overpopulation here were carried across state lines in violation of Washington laws.
The animals, carried north by local volunteer Joan Dunham, were released by Kern County Animal Control under an agreement with the Seattle Humane Society, said Kern Animal Control Director Guy Shaw.
But the animals had not been vaccinated, treated for heartworm or given health clearance by a veterinarian before being driven to Washington, Shaw said.
Shaw recently learned that violated Washington import laws.
"If we knew what the law was from the beginning, we would be (following) it," Shaw said.
He said the Washington State Department of Agriculture has cleared Kern to send more animals north -- as long as they have the required shots and heath clearances.
But the Humane Society hasn't asked for any animals yet.
Calls to Seattle Humane Society's chief executive were not returned Tuesday.
Shaw said Kern County usually only vaccinates pets when they are adopted out. Shaw said when an animal is transferred, it's assumed the agency receiving the animals will do the vaccinating.
That "I didn't know" excuse isn't good enough, said Sgt. John Diel of King County Animal Control in Washington, "especially for someone in an animal care agency."
Diel is critical of the Kern County transfer, which was billed locally as a good way to reduce local animal overpopulation since Seattle had a shortage of adoptable animals.
Diel said his agency takes in 11,000 to 12,000 animals annually and has euthanized 21 to 38 percent in recent years because there aren't enough people to take the unwanted pets there.
The Humane Society used to take "a couple hundred" animals from King County Animal Control each year, Diel said, but has reduced those numbers as it began to take pets from outside the area.
"I have to question why you take animals from another state when obviously you have an animal welfare situation in your own county," Diel said.
Shaw said the unfortunate part of all this is that Kern County animals that might have had a chance for life in Seattle will likely be killed in Kern County, which has had a kill rate of about 70 percent in recent years.
Transfers, such as to the Humane Society in Seattle, have become a huge part of controlling his agency's increasing intake of unwanted animals, he said.