From: Page, Penny
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:53 AM
To: Sara Hartman
Subject: complaint investigation
Our office has been flooded with calls and emails from across the world (literally) regarding the June 30, 2014 complaint investigation of your facility and the subsequent Facebook campaign to stop the 72-hour kill deadline. As such, we feel it is necessary to clarify that our report is in no way mandating that animals in the shelter be euthanized after the 72-hour hold. The report is stating that the facility is overcrowded and the number of animals needs to be reduced to accommodate incoming animals, as well as to provide for the number of animals in enclosures to be in compliance with the Animal Welfare Section Administrative Code. How you choose to achieve that is not mandated by the Animal Welfare Act. There are several avenues that can be used, including rescue groups, returning dogs that have reached the end of their quarantine back to their owners if this is within applicable laws, foster homes for strays, etc.
There are many issues included in the report, including sanitation, overcrowding, veterinary care, animal husbandry, and facility maintenance. Those are the take-away messages from this report, not euthanasia. However, if the shelter chooses euthanasia as a population control method, it has that prerogative provided it follows the regulations outlined in the Animal Welfare Act and the Animal Welfare Section Administrative Code. I want to reiterate that was never mandated by this Section or this investigation and the responsibility for any decision to euthanize should not be placed upon this Section or our inspector.
If you have any questions or need further clarification about anything in the report, please feel free to contact the Animal Welfare Office.
NCDA&CS, Veterinary Division
Animal Welfare Section
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