UPDATE: About a month ago the committee members released their e-mails. It is speculated the committee members were threated with additional legal action by King County if they didn't. There are over 1000! The case is still pending and further action will take place most likely after the e-mails are reviewed. The ACO Guild will be going for a summary judgement motion, but no decisions have been made.
Seems that Barnette resigned her seat on the commission when this lawsuit was filed. Keep in mind the timing here too. Just a few days before learning she would come to LA, the announcement was made that Barnette and the Seattle Humane Society would not be using taxpayers money to expand their shelter. Wonder if she would be here if the decision was made otherwise.
Friday, December 11, 2009
ACOG Files PDR Complaint in Snohomish County
NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, 10:30 AM
KING COUNTY COURTHOUSE STEPS, 4TH AVENUE ENTRANCE
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER’S GUILD FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST KING COUNTY, KING COUNTY EXECUTIVE
LAWSUIT DEMANDS RELEASE OF PUBLIC RECORDS
"(SEATTLE) – Officers of the Animal Control Officer’s Guild want justice – and they want emails that could prove improper maneuvering between the newly elected King County Executive and some former members of an animal-control citizen’s advisory committee. The email demand was filed as a lawsuit late this morning in Snohomish County Superior Court.
According to plaintiffs, recommendations made by advisory committee members will likely result in closure of the current animal shelter, and transfer the responsibility to the Seattle Humane Society that could benefit financially from the decision, costing King County’s taxpayers millions.
According to Michael Brannan, attorney for the Animal Control Officers Guild, “It is time for the truth to come out, and the truth is those who pushed most strongly for the services to be handled by non-county run shelters appear to have the most to gain.”
One of the advisory committee members heads the Seattle Humane Society, and resigned after the emails were requested via a Public Records Request.
King County’s prosecuting attorney chose to ignore the issue thus far, and an attorney hired by five Citizen’s Advisory Committee members communicated that because the advisory group was comprised of non-government members, they were under no obligation to comply with the public records request.
The Attorney General’s Open Government Ombudsman, attorney Tim Ford, didn’t accept that argument. According to information contained in the legal complaint filed late yesterday afternoon, Ford sided squarely with the Animal Control Officers Guild, stating in a letter to all parties that “the (citizen’s advisory) committee and its members have a duty to comply,” and must “disclose the requested public records.” He stated the actions should be taken “immediately.” Thus far, the emails have not been relinquished. "
WHAT ARE IN THOSE EMAILS, BARNETTE, THAT YOU WOULD RESIGN FROM COMMITTEES/COMMISSION/ STAKEHOLDERS COUNCIL? WHAT ARE IN THOSE EMAILS THAT YOU WOULD DO THAT RATHER THAN RELINQUISH THOSE EMAILS, BARNETTE? ANYTHING INCRIMINATING??
Stay tuned, more on this.
Also, here is Brenda Barnette in all of her AKC glory, supporting the AKC whose income relies on the suffering of puppy mills. I bet her kennel club, the Seattle Kennel Club, sends money to the AKC, thus Barnette is part of the problem instead of being part of the solution. When push comes to shove, which side with Barnette chose? How will she defend ordinances already on the books that go against something she has done all of her life, bred and show AKC dogs? Wanna make bets? I know what I will bet on.
""SEATTLE -- State lawmakers are considering a crackdown on the ownership of dogs that haven’t been fixed – after nearly 500 dogs, many of them pregnant, were seized from a Skagit County puppy mill.
The proposal would regulate ownership of dogs that haven’t been spayed or neutered -- so that if someone owns ten or more such dogs, they would have to live in humane conditions.
It would also be illegal to own more than 25 dogs that haven't been spayed or neutered and animal control officers would have the right to inspect breeding facilities without a warrant.
The proposal is aimed at preventing the same scene in Skagit County several weeks ago.
But other licensed dog breeders testified Tuesday that the proposed law goes too far.
“Under this law I could be charged with misdemeanor merely for refusing a warrantless search. I think that this violates my civil rights,” said breeder Sylvie McGee.
Seattle Humane Society Director Brenda Barnette is as concerned as the breeders about the proposed new law.
“I think the whole thing is a jumble of words but it's not, it really doesn't get at the intent. And the intent is for anyone who has dogs whether they have a few or whether they have a lot to take care of them,” Barnette said.
The puppies seized from the Skagit County puppy mill are at animal shelters throughout the region. Most can’t be adopted out yet because they are still being held by the courts."