The Whino is still running around bragging about Reno/Washoe when in actuality "no kill" was rejected there.
After hearing that current practices ensure that few healthy animals die at the Regional Animal Control Services Center, the Washoe County Commission on Tuesday agreed not to adopt an official "no kill" policy.
It also agreed to hold a community forum to educate the public about the center, which includes the Nevada Humane Society.
The commission agreed that it did not need to create a task force to draft a formal policy to become a "no kill" community, one option that was presented by staff in an update on the joint facility that opened in 2006.
That policy is misleading, said Mitch Schneider, interim animal control director. Vicious animals and very sick animals, not likely to survive, are euthanized under a "no kill" policy.
He said he prefers "pet friendly" as animal services' goal.
Commissioner Kitty Jung made a plea to create an oversight committee to review operations and policies at the center. Chairman David Humke and Commissioner John Breternitz said they didn't have enough information to consider whether that's needed.
In 2008, Washoe County animal control euthanized 188 dogs and 238 cats because the center had run out of space, and no one wanted those animals, Schneider said.
"There were a lot of pit bulls. There's just not enough homes who want them," Schneider said. "The Humane Society is not going to take all pit bulls."
The Washoe County euthanasia rate is 7.4 animals per 1,000 population. That compares with the national average of 12.5 animals per 1,000 population.
The center took in 11,494 animals in 2008, including wild animals and dead animals. Schneider said the number was up by about 300 from 2007.
"I'm grateful the economy hasn't caused a tremendous number of abandoned animals," he said.
Animal control saw that 3,290 animals were returned to their owners in 2008 and its staff delivered a number of them. Another 5,906 animals were rescued by the Humane Society and other groups.
A closer look
Animal control and the Humane Society moved into their new building in February 2006. The Humane Society raised $4.5 million to build its share of the building and pays a lease covering operating and maintenance costs.
Its members also helped push for a successful bond issue/tax override to create the regional animal control service that involved merging county, Reno and Sparks operations.
The Humane Society found homes for 8,635 animals in 2008, up from 8,030 in 2007 and 4,536 in 2006. "This community is incredibly animal friendly," said Bonney Brown, society executive director.
Connie Johnson, a Humane Society volunteer, urged the commission to visit the center and watch the staff and volunteers at work. "It's so heartwarming," she said.
Each time an animal is adopted, staff members comes out of their offices to cheer, said Gina Cole, another volunteer. She said staff comes in early to make sure animals are ready for the public. And other commented on the shelter being opened daily to encourage adoptions.
See, even this Humane Society won't take pits, just like San Francisco. The Whino distorts the truth about his "successes". With a 58% euthanization rate for pits nationwide his proclaimed successes are contributing to this rate by refusing to take pits. They should be forced to take all the pits because pits get a "bad rap". I say actions speak a lot louder than words, Winograd.