Friday, December 4, 2009

Just a Reminder About Winograd's "Success"

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.


Anonymous said...

Winograd should be reported to the Better Business Bureau for misleading and duping the consumer, and falsifying information.

HonestyHelps said...

If any other "business" were doing the same, selling a flawed product, the BBB would be appropriate. And the Whino's program is definitely flawed.

Anonymous said...

My God.

Here's what happens when idiotic people turn over cats to "No Kill" sanctuaries. Here's what happens when idiotic No Kill animal controls turn over pets to "No Kill" sanctuaries.



Sanctuary's treatment of cats concerning expert
Posted: Nov 10, 2009 5:35 PM EST
Updated: Nov 12, 2009 12:43 PM EST
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Sanctuary's treatment of cats concerning experts

With the promise of life-long care in a stress free environment, the 10th Life Sanctuary charges $550 to take in sick or unwanted cats.

Spurred by complaints about neglectful treatment, and pictures posted on the Internet of dead or nearly dead cats, the NBC2 Investigators went in for a look.

“I believe that this is a better alternative than euthanizing them. This is what, when people bring their cats here, this is what they want done,” owner Maury Swee told us.

Swee greeted us with an armful of information - rules he claimed outlined what he can do with the cats signed into his custody, including providing medical treatment.

“’Person administering to the ills or injuries of his or her own animals," quoted Swee from printed out documents. "That means we can treat our cats." Swee went on to explain that the sanctuary is allowed to conduct scientific research on the cats in his care.

“It allows any corporation to conduct experiments and scientific research on any animals in the development of pharmaceuticals,” he said.

Some of the research 10th Life is doing involves injecting cats with a derivative of cobra venom.

“We have used this drug over the last two to three years, since we basically became aware of it. We were searching for a treatment for our leukemia cats,” Swee said.

10th Life is not currently participating in any funded studies on leukemia cats and the use of the cobra drug doesn't end with terminally ill cats either.

“We've been using the drugs on various feline viruses, the most important one which is herpes,” Swee explained.

NBC2 took his claims to an independent animal authority. Adam Leath is the chief of Lee County Animal Control.

NBC2: Do you think that there's anything under Florida law that allows someone, even if custody has been granted them, to do experiments on those animals?
Leath: No.

We were also told that the language Swee quoted wasn't taken from Florida laws.

“I guess what I’m not understanding is that he's quoting out of definitions,” said Leath.

So instead of citing the law, Swee was quoting definitions that describe veterinary practices.

“In other words, if the state defines murder, it doesn't mean you can do murder,” Leath said.

People like Tara Peterson, who turned over 23 stray cats from her neighborhood, are demanding a thorough investigation into Swee's facility and practices.

“I felt I betrayed the cats and kittens that I entrusted to his care,” she said.

NBC2 tried several times Tuesday to reach Hendry County Animal Control for comment on this story. The phone rang, but no one ever picked up and there was no way to leave a message.

HonestyHelps said...

That one sucks. People are so deceived by the term "no kill" and this is what happens from that deception.

Anonymous said...

I have seen three or four promotions where they are giving away animals. That is beyond the pale. There is a current press release stating you can Pick Your Price, I wonder if someone brought that to the attention of the local officials.

HonestyHelps said...

Actually, Greta, it has been presented to the City of LA and boy, there are a lot of pissed off rescues there. It plays with the taxpayer's money and it is illegal. Government cannot give away their supplies or products. Since animals do bring money in, then they fall in that catagory and cannot be given away. That's like the mayor standing on the steps of City Hall and handling out money.