Yep, she doesn't like them. Because of the Seattle Humane Society's policy on pits, needless to say that her "high adoption" rate doesn't include them. And neither did she try to save any pits from LA and Kern. The pictures of those dogs were on the Seattle PI blog and all I saw were cute, fluffy dogs and chihuahuas, no old dogs, no black dogs, no large dogs, just the ones that stand a chance of being adopted from any shelter.
Barnette's policy on pits exemplifies a highly restrictive intake into her private shelter, Seattle Humane. This type of intake restriction of less adoptable animals falsely creates the illusion that a high adoption rate has meaning. If LAAS would restrict the intake of Pits and Pit mixes, our adoption rate would shyrocket.
Below is an e mail from Seattle Humane to someone who wanted to relinquish their Pit Bull.
Sent: 6/18/2010 1:15:01 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: RE: Relinquish a dog
With any Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix we place for adoption embassadors to the breed. This means that the dog cannot have any previous history of aggression of any kind. If the dog does not have a history of aggression then the dog will recieve a behavior assessment after it has been surrendered to our shelter. (In other words, an owner can walk away thinking his/her pit will go for adoption and it goes for euthanasia instead. Collect $200 and put the body out in the dead barrel.) During that assessment our behavior program manager and behavior team assess the dog's temperament. (So how does that fit in with the Whino's "No Kill" philosophy? How many times do we have to hear that temperament testing in a shelter is unfair to the dog.) If the dog passes the behavior assessment then we place the dog out for adoption. If the dog does not pass the assessment we will not place the dog up for adoption. There are no rescue organizations that work with us and pit bulls . (Why didn't she develop those rescues if she is so freaking good?) If the dog is not an adoption candidate with us the only option is euthanasia.
We do have a callback option. With a mandatory donation of 200$ at time of surrender we give you the oppportunity to claim your pet if he/she is not an adoption candidate with us. That $200 is not refundable. (Boy what a money maker this is. It says it all, Seattle Humane Society is NOT and never has been an open door shelter. Barnette would rather see the pits dumped on the streets to be shot by the police than try to work with them.)
We would like to speak with you about your dog's temperament and our policies before scheduling an appointment. You may leave us with a phone number where you can be best contacted.
Note that they won't even make an appointment until they talk with a pit owner. Do they say the same thing to a poodle owner? Obviously Barnette thinks pits are a dangerous breed. It would be interesting to see how many adoptions of pits Barnette made while at SHS, wouldn't it? So all you pit nutters in LA, how about them apples? You think it was bad before, this woman has no experience with helping pits and pits are the number one breed euthanized in the LA shelters. Then again, Barnette doesn't feel she is subject to public records, which a non profit isn't, so we'll never know.
Also of note is that Barnette worked for the San Francisco SPCA. Contrary to the lies of the Whino, SF was never no kill. The SPCA refused to take pit bulls from the shelter. In fact, the animal commission DEBATED ALL LAST YEAR TO BECOME "NO KILL". This is a myth perpetuated by the Whino to make himself look good. So Barnette's background shows she hasn't any experience with saving the pits. Course it depends on how you look at it as good or bad. Barnette pays lip service about pits but her background shows differently.