A NOTE ON ANIMAL CONTROL (The Monticello
News, June 28, 2012)
Upon the request of a
concerned member of the current Animal Control Committee,
I visited the JCAC Shelter to do a walk through, at about 10:00 AM
Sunday, June 24th, to find JR doing weekend shift, which means, come
in 4 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday to check to see if
animals are OK, clean and feed to be DONE BY NOON.
I identified who I was,
JR admitted me into the facility, and proceeded to give me a tour. Others
present were Kristy, Animal Control employee, and Skiler, Community Service
worker with a friend he brought to train. It is now 10:30 and no cages
have been cleaned and no food or water has been given. Visibly, nothing has
been done, yet.
I heard that (even though JR and
Kristy have no training), they go on solo animal pick-ups and JR
stated that it was Kelly's intention to "train" JR herself in
giving and receiving meds to the animals. It is my opinion that we
need more qualified personnel associated with JCAC. For this
reason, I am introducing the idea of adding Personnel to our SOPs in
Animal Control Committee.
There were cages with four feral cats
outside in the covered area with no food and no water which caught my
immediate attention. JR was afraid of being scratched and seemed to think
that Kelly would take care of them on Monday. I asked what happens to
these cats, he didn't know. I insisted on fresh food and water
immediately. I felt if their destination was to be euthanized, the least they
deserved was humane care before this takes place. Skiler was very helpful and
prompt to assist with giving food and water till Monday morning.
I toured the facility and 15 kennels
had dogs in them with one empty kennel. Two puppies a few months old (cowering
in a corner of the cold cement kennel) and one puppy about 4 months old. I
asked if JR would have a chance to interact with the puppies today. He said
they are not allowed to go outside and that he just puts them in another cage
while he cleans the cement kennel and then puts them back in their
kennel. This meant there was no opportunity for human interaction.
There were 'tons' of kittens in another
room that JR took me into and I observed there was NO food and NO water.
One had gotten out of the cage and was running around hiding uncaptured. I can
only hope that at the end of JR's shift, he would turn over the litter boxes
that were full, clean the crates and give food and water to each
separate cage. There is clearly no human interaction for these precious
THIS IS A HORROR REPORT:
This was witnessed by myself, JR,
Kristy, Skiler, and friend.
asked about a side room that I viewed during my last visit to Animal Control. Each time JR said that this was the medicine
room and walked past. I returned to the room. The door was cracked and I
noticed movement and upon pushing the door open, I found kittens in two
crates with no food nor water. THERE WAS A DEAD KITTEN IN THE BOTTOM
CRATE. This kitten was flattened and drying out, so it had been dead for
several days. There were at least five or six kittens climbing over this kitten
and climbing up the walls of the cage. Again, there was no food and no water in
the cages, and apparently no attention for several days.
I WAS HIGHLY ALARMED AT THAT POINT, AND
TO ME IT REPRESENTED NEGLECT AND GROSS OVERSIGHT TO PROPER CARE OF
ANIMALS IN THE SHELTER!
I asked that I be present to see that
proper attention was given to this situation, so that I could be reassured
that this was taken care of and reassured that the remaining kittens got
IMMEDIATE attention, food and water!
Unfortunately, JR disappeared. I came
to the front area to find him on the phone with Kelly. I asked to speak with
her. She refused. I asked that she call me and I gave JR my cell phone
number. No call. To my dismay, instead of addressing the
obvious concerns, she placed a false report to the police to remove me from
the premise. Unfortunately, Billy Bryant the attending police
officer, made no attempt to assess the situation and I was promptly escorted
from the building. There was clearly no criminal activity that
warranted police involvement.
I do know that SOMEONE needs
to be there on Monday morning and every morning, when the building opens to the
public, to do an check-up on ALL the animals in that building. I do not
feel confident that animals in our current Animal Control Shelter are receiving
attention and care that they deserve. There needs to be a walk
through of ALL rooms, including the MEDICINE ROOM to make sure ALL animals
cages have been cleaned and given fresh water and food DAILY!
Julia M. Haar
Animal Control Committee
Now it appears he is doing the same thing to another citizen
because she uncovered a dead kitten, animals that had no food and water for
several days, and other bad conditions at the Animal Shelter. TWG
hears that Greg Wood has told this citizen that there have been criminal
charges filed against her for trespassing at the Animal Shelter, and there are
rumors the Sheriff is investigating.
These incidents show a complete cover up by our county
government. The citizen is now the bad guy and the
problems she uncovered are not being investigated, but the fact that she discovered
them is now a legal issue and is being investigated according to an
email she received from a commissioner.
Remember, the ACO makes $17.25 an hour. No one seems to know exactly what she does
other than ride around in the county truck.