New voice in Santa Cruz County for an...

New voice in Santa Cruz County for animal rights: Watchdog group faults Animal Services for treat...

There are 213 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jan 2, 2009, titled New voice in Santa Cruz County for animal rights: Watchdog group faults Animal Services for treat.... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

A new animal-rights group has formed to tackle accusations of reduced food for animals, little human interaction with cats and dogs, rude treatment of volunteers and wrongful euthanasia at the Santa Cruz County ...

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ScooterDog

Watsonville, CA

#1 Jan 2, 2009
Sounds like a group of sour grapes now interested in slamming the place they used to work for (or volunteer)--especially the boo boo one who didn't get the management position.
Funny, this article comes only a day after the article praising Todd Stosuy for being such a good and dedicated employee for Animal Services.

"The most egregious example of poor conduct by shelter management cited by Strickland, Mutch and others was the euthanasia of a kitten in front of a teen volunteer at the Animal Services facility in Watsonville"
OMG! Lets see now. I can guess--the teen volunteer was 'traumatized' and needing debriefing for post traumatic stress syndrome, right? If the euthanasia was done to standards, there shouldn't be a problem, right? What, did this teen volunteer at the shelter not know that animals are put to sleep at such a facility? Do you try to hide that fact from teens who volunteer there? Get real. Suggestion to Director Brzezinski: Obtain a restraining order for these individuals and get a 'stay away' order and keep these idiots off the shelter property. Sooner or later, they will find a new cause when no one listens to them here.
SOYLENT GREEN

Pacifica, CA

#3 Jan 2, 2009
I support their efforts at the shelter. But limiting cats to two ounces of food a day seems about 50 percent of what would be normal.
Longtime Local

AOL

#5 Jan 2, 2009
Here we go again! A group of people who think they know more than the experts. If a vet oversees the feeding and care of the animals, along with an experienced manager there is no need for these drama queens to intrude!
The changes have all been for the better. People need to learn and accept the differences between animals and humans and leave the management to the experts.
Complainers need to GET A LIFE!
what

Los Gatos, CA

#6 Jan 2, 2009
Todd is great and one of a few shining lights at the shelter. This article isn't about him.

Regardless of who is right or wrong, it sounds like Henry and Staycee could use some basic public relations training. They should be dealing with ALL concerns in a professional and courteous manner, not just issues or groups that they deem "reasonable". I'm not so sure I trust their judgment of what is reasonable.
SCNative

Livingston, CA

#7 Jan 2, 2009
what wrote:
Todd is great and one of a few shining lights at the shelter. This article isn't about him.
Regardless of who is right or wrong, it sounds like Henry and Staycee could use some basic public relations training. They should be dealing with ALL concerns in a professional and courteous manner, not just issues or groups that they deem "reasonable". I'm not so sure I trust their judgment of what is reasonable.
So true !! You are a perfect example of someone with an intelligent, non-negative response...
Eug

Watsonville, CA

#8 Jan 2, 2009
I don't know how Animal Services is run now with the new General Manager, but I can tell you in years past they were rude to volunteers, slow customer service and had people working in the front office who really did not know what they were doing. No help at all with feral cat control.

In contrast, the SPCA has such a warm and loving environment. Their animals are very well socialized and staff is always willing to help or answer your questions.
leon kinne

Cedar Rapids, IA

#9 Jan 2, 2009
The group's goal is to improve animal care and ensure state animal welfare laws are followed at all shelters by bringing issues to the public and elected leaders and taking legal action if necessary SOUNDS to me it is another group of Santa Cruz bullies. if she cant be the manager she will make life hell for the people there. back in the early sixties i worked with the shelter even before it was moved to the park from the end of mission st. the people were more interested in the animals than a ego contest
Terral Free F

Placerville, CA

#10 Jan 2, 2009
Henry did an excellent job as the Chief of Animal Services in El Dorado County. When he left, the agency was running better than it ever did. It is not always easy dealing with people and animal issues, people who think they are right and do not look at the whole picture. Henry is a kind and compassionate person and Santa Cruz is lucky to have him.
DBS

Pacific Grove, CA

#11 Jan 2, 2009
"Reasonable" groups? Does that include the whackjobs that threw a firebomb at a researcher's house?
Jewel

Santa Cruz, CA

#12 Jan 2, 2009
Longtime Local wrote:
Here we go again! A group of people who think they know more than the experts. If a vet oversees the feeding and care of the animals, along with an experienced manager there is no need for these drama queens to intrude!
The changes have all been for the better. People need to learn and accept the differences between animals and humans and leave the management to the experts.
Complainers need to GET A LIFE!
Sometimes complainers are trying to SAVE A LIFE, so it doesn't hurt to hear them out.

Our pet came from the shelter but he almost didn't make it. He had some respiratory issues and was nearly euthanized - even after it was known that we were going to adopt him - by the vet who called him "unadoptable." The vet (one of the "experts" to which Longtime Local refers), by the way, was not giving him any meds whatsoever. Thanks to volunteers, we were able to take him to our own vet, got him on meds, neutered (by our own vet, not the shelter's, even though we'd paid that fee upon adoption) and he's a happy member of the family now.

Oh, and for the record, Todd Stosuy is the best thing that's ever happened to that organization.
Pat Kittle

Aptos, CA

#13 Jan 2, 2009
My experiences with local animal caretakers have always been positive. It's sad to know there's internal feuding.

I hope there's adequate funding -- it's a real stressful job under the best of circumstances, I know that. People call them "killers" when it's irresponsible humans who are responsible (by design or neglect) for companion animal overpopulation, and then dump their problem on animal caretakers.

As with humans, birth control prevents a lot of misery. Most of those poor animals who are euthanized should obviously never have been born.
Another committee

Santa Cruz, CA

#14 Jan 2, 2009
We need an "animal rights watchdog group review board".
Animal Lover

San Francisco, CA

#15 Jan 2, 2009
Yeah Amy! Thanks for speaking for those who can't speak! This is not "sour grapes" there are real issues at the shelter. If ANY Volunteer speaks out about problems they are PUNISHED or FIRED! I can speak from experience as a volunteer. It has already happened many times not just to Amy, other volunteers also. The problem is the Shelter Manager Staycee Dains, she needs to go! She is hostile and rude to volunteers when they ask questions, many of the volunteers have more animal care experience than she does!!!! Get a grip people, these are lives. By the way -- euthanasia numbers and statistics can be twisted any way you want them to be.... and the lower euthanasia numbers are because of the volunteers and the Santa Cruz SPCA busting their butts to get animals adopted or rescued. Before you make comments, why don't you make some investigation yourself. Henry defends Staycee because he is afraid to be without a Shelter Manager even though she is the cause for so many problems. and Amy was passed over for the management position because of politics NOT because of anything she did.....
Sybil

San Francisco, CA

#16 Jan 2, 2009
Longtime Local wrote:
A group of people who think they know more than the experts.
So we shouldn't question the "experts"? You mean the ones who said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction? Or the ones who got us into this financial meltdown?

Experts are necessary. Questioning them is basic common sense. I believe in thinking, not in credulous boosterism and head-in-the-sand tactics.
SC Dog Owner

Santa Cruz, CA

#17 Jan 2, 2009
I am concerned to hear these things.

I have tried multiple times to Volunteer, and I was shot down, in a VERY rude manner.

The shelter staff IS rude, uncaring, and their euth rate IS HIGH.

I adopted a few years ago from them, but luckily, the dog I wanted was boarding at Bed and Biscuits, so I didn't have to deal with AS.
bingo

AOL

#18 Jan 2, 2009
I have been volunteering in Watsonville for almost two years now and was not aware of the internal strife, but I can say with confidence the animals at Watsonville are very well cared for.

If you have any interest in volunteering at either shelter, please do. The animals can always use more TLC - interactions with kind humans to help them be and stay adoptable. Just a couple of hours a week makes a huge difference.
SC Dog Owner

Santa Cruz, CA

#19 Jan 2, 2009
bingo wrote:
I have been volunteering in Watsonville for almost two years now and was not aware of the internal strife, but I can say with confidence the animals at Watsonville are very well cared for.
If you have any interest in volunteering at either shelter, please do. The animals can always use more TLC - interactions with kind humans to help them be and stay adoptable. Just a couple of hours a week makes a huge difference.
I have tried, but I have to go to that orientation thing at Santa Cruz Animal Services, and I want to avoid those people like the plague.

I have donated items to Watsonville, and I convinced a woman dumping her previously adopted dog on Craigslist, to take her to the Wats Shelter. I bought her toys, brought her a pretty collar, and I visited her until she was adopted.

I agree, the Wats Shelter is MUCH better than SC Shelter.
sheila

AOL

#20 Jan 2, 2009
The complaints are that the shelter "only" walks the dogs twice a day, not three times (aka, the same number of times most pet dogs get walked), the cats are "only" being fed what is deemed fine by a vet, limiting public interaction with contagious, infectious wild cats while they are contagious and once a teenager's feelings were hurt when an ill kitten was put down? Oh, and the professionals were sometimes rude or curt answering policy questions? Seriously? Have any of these people ever worked in, you know, an office? The SC shelter has been without a manager for a long long time because the job sucks - imagine having to run an animal shelter in an economy where people are handing their pets oveer daily as they lose their homes and animals are dumped when college kids graduate and funds are cut because the state is bankrupt and your business has to run on volunteer power, which includes good, kind people as well as a pool of the biggest nuts on the planet, and you have to answer for all of your decisions to all of them. Oh, and you get paid crap wages.

Why don't those people complaining channel their energy into walking the dogs that third time and raising funds to get the shelter money for food?
bingo

AOL

#21 Jan 2, 2009
I have tried, but I have to go to that orientation thing at Santa Cruz Animal Services, and I want to avoid those people like the plague.

If you prefer to volunteer in Watsonville, the orientation is just an hour long and it involves mild paperwork and being shown where things are. Quite painless.:)
Dog

Santa Cruz, CA

#22 Jan 2, 2009
SC Dog Owner wrote:
I am concerned to hear these things.
I have tried multiple times to Volunteer, and I was shot down, in a VERY rude manner.
The shelter staff IS rude, uncaring, and their euth rate IS HIGH.
I adopted a few years ago from them, but luckily, the dog I wanted was boarding at Bed and Biscuits, so I didn't have to deal with AS.
Speaking from experience, the euthanasia rate is LOW!!!! Not all the staff is rude, they do what they can. Put yourselves in their shoes, she what they have to do on a daily basis, then you can talk.

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