Animal Control and new Shelter Issues

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May 22, 2009
 
so there's a new shelter about to open, but there is no one to really run it, yeah there is an ACO, but he is a potrol officer and he doesn't want to do animal control...then there is the new Lady they hired but she doesn't have animal control experience, how is she supposed to run the shelter, do community education, enforce laws, investigate cureltys, promote adoptions...all while having to start fresh and learn all the laws, regulations and proper procedures?? She is going to have to take time away to go to classes and get training (how much is that going to cost us)...Plus, since she was a jailer, now they are going to be short or have to wait until they hire a replacement for her (how long will that take?)...I'm not even sure how well she is gonna do with the public or the Pecos Humane Society...her attitude isn't always the best... They had a lady that is already a certified Animal Control Officer from the austin area ready to hit the streets running...she wouldn't need training and would be able to make a difference immediately... but they decided to keep her as a dispatcher instead...
haven't we had enough problems with our shelter and the care of the animals already? Shouldn't they hire the best qualified person?
Shouldn't the animals come first?
Shouldn't they have a full time person actually running the shelter so things don't go unseen for hours and days like at the old one? Who is going to be caring for the animals or having the doors open to the public if the aco is in training or on calls?
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Jun 1, 2009
 

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so there's a new shelter about to open, but there is no one to really run it, yeah there is an ACO, but he is a potrol officer and he doesn't want to do animal control...then there is the new Lady they hired but she doesn't have animal control experience, how is she supposed to run the shelter, do community education, enforce laws, investigate cureltys, promote adoptions...all while having to start fresh and learn all the laws, regulations and proper procedures?? She is going to have to take time away to go to classes and get training (how much is that going to cost us)...Plus, since she was a jailer, now they are going to be short or have to wait until they hire a replacement for her (how long will that take?)...I'm not even sure how well she is gonna do with the public or the Pecos Humane Society...her attitude isn't always the best... They had a lady that is already a certified Animal Control Officer from the austin area ready to hit the streets running...she wouldn't need training and would be able to make a difference immediately... but they decided to keep her as a dispatcher instead...
haven't we had enough problems with our shelter and the care of the animals already? Shouldn't they hire the best qualified person?
Shouldn't the animals come first?
Shouldn't they have a full time person actually running the shelter so things don't go unseen for hours and days like at the old one? Who is going to be caring for the animals or having the doors open to the public if the aco is in training or on calls?
Another unfortunate comment from a misguided individual...The new shelter opened on May 13, 2009 and what a wonderful beginning to address the animal shelter issues in pecos...the new aco has yet to begin work and already being pummled by unfair remarks and or lack of ability. An undertaking of this size takes time and patience... Give this person an opportunity to get in the position and start to make a positive difference...open your eyes and realize that positive change takes time...
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Jun 3, 2009
 
"The new shelter opened on May 13, 2009"...that was just a media ploy....call the city and ask if the shelter is actually open, no its not, the animals are still being housed at the old shelter and killed. Call to ask if you can see the animals to adopt one,'sorry, there are no animals to adopt'---that is the reply you will get....citizens of Pecos are not as misguided as one would think...perhaps one should go beyond just reading the paper and get their info from the elected officials and/or city staff.
All we want is to have the best qualified person doing the job and for there to be enough staff to properly enforce the law and serve the needs of unwanted/abandoned animals that deserve to have a happy life.
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Aug 24, 2009
 
All we want is to have the best qualified person doing the job and for there to be enough staff to properly enforce the law and serve the needs of unwanted/abandoned animals that deserve to have a happy life.
The Pecos Humane Society should be authorized to work as volunteers in the new shelter. They are the ones who worked so hard for so long to make the new shelter a reality. They have been taking care of strays, abandoned and abused animals on their own, and begging for law enforcement to actually enforce animal welfare laws. We all ought to be petitioning our state legislators to strengthen animal welfare laws so it will be worthwhile for the courts to prosecute violators. Hats Off to Lori Hughes and the Pecos Humane Society for keeping up the good fight for the animals in Pecos.
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Sep 5, 2009
 
I agree, the city should welcome all the help they can get, the ONE animal control officer cannot humanly do all the care needed and still be expected to patrol the streets and be off duty on the weekends!
Voice for the Animals

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Oct 4, 2009
 
It's nice to know there are people here in Pecos that appreciate what the Humane Society has done and is fighting for. St. Francis Helper and Animal Lover in Pecos - you understand the how the city is and what the Humane Society is trying to accomplish.
The Humane Society will be back in Council Chambers on the 10/8 once again fighting for the waivers for the shelter and for a release for the Humane Society when animals are taken from the shelter and placed in the Humane Society custody.
Also check the Pecos Enterprise this week - the Humane Society worked long and hard to find a mobile vet unit that will come to Pecos on the 10/23 and 10/24 to spay and neuter for $40.00 an animal. The regular cost is $62.50 but the Humane Society got a private donor to pay the $22.50 that the City would not contribute due to "budget constraints".
You can go to the Humane Society website and check it out www.humanesocietyofpecos.org
Not only do we need to petition state legislatures, but need to make local official start prosecuting animal cases and the ACO needs to document everything - photos, witness statements, vet statements, etc. or the County Attorney considers the cases to be "weak" and the offenders receive "light punishment".
The Humane Society also asked for another animal control officer - turned down. And if not an animal control officer, at least give us an animal cruelty investigator. We had a private donor willing to pay for the schooling and travel. That was turned down too.
The Humane Society continues the fight.
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Nov 20, 2009
 
Did anyone attend the 9/24 Council meeting? Did you hear the Mayor chastise the Humane Society ladies? All they asked for was an Animal Advisory Board and he went into a tyrade. He even admitted had they not resigned from HIS Animal Control Committee there would not be a new shelter. They did not dissolve the committee - he did.
The Council has also promised to bring the no chaining ordinance back in December. Show your support if you want a better community and no child to be killed by a pit bull like happened in Big Spring.
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Nov 20, 2009
 
I also heard the Humane Society is trying to bring the mobile clinic back to Pecos in January. What happened in October was they did not get enough people to sign up. This was in part because they were not allowed to go on local radio station and talk about the mobile clinic. They could buy an ad but why weren't they allowed on the public service program for nothing.
If you interested in having the clinic back, let them know.

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Nov 20, 2009
 
I know for sure that there are more people interested in the welfare of their pets and our city than are writing here, or who are with the Humane Society. What we need to do is be visible and VOCAL at the city council meetings...EVERY meeting. There should be no more places to sit after all of us get there. I'm thinking that the anti-animal welfare councilpersons and Mayor, law enforcement and so-called justice system in Pecos don't have time to go after all of us like they have targeted Lori Hughes and the Humane Society. With nobody there to back them up, the Humane Society sort of feels like nobody 'has their back'. It is only a matter of time before they will give up the good fight without our help.

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Nov 20, 2009
 
And another thing: what if the city council should decide that they are spending too much money on "animal control" and that everybody with pets should immediately turn them in to the dog pound to be euthanized. How many of us would show up at a council meeting to protest that? Don't laugh. It could happen!!
Voice for the Animals

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Nov 21, 2009
 
I believe there are people in our community who care about the welfare of their pets and all the abandoned, abused and neglected animals in our community. But without them speaking out, the Humane Society officers cannot do it alone. You are so right - the mayor, law enforcement and jutice system in Pecos don't care about the animals. The new pound, it is not a shelter or it would have outside runs and the public would be allowed to volunteer to help with the animals. But the City Council and Mayor are too worried about the "liability issues" even though the Humane Society presented waivers for volunteers to sign. But the City attorney said he didn't have a problem as long as volunteers were not working with the animals. Does this make sense?
I've heard that Mrs. Luster is not taking in any more stray animals or animals from the pound as she was doing. She has worked hard for over 8 years in this town to change it and has taken in over 400 animals. But doesn't get the support from the community when the Humane Society goes to council.
You are so right - packed the Council chambers until there are no more seats. Be there. They need your voices.
Voice for the Animals

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Nov 21, 2009
 
St Francis Helper wrote:
And another thing: what if the city council should decide that they are spending too much money on "animal control" and that everybody with pets should immediately turn them in to the dog pound to be euthanized. How many of us would show up at a council meeting to protest that? Don't laugh. It could happen!!
It could happen. They could pick up your animal and euthanize it in 3 days.
If the City would take the funds that are collected for animal citations and put that money toward the pound, it would pay for itself. Instead it is put in the "General Fund".
There is a ticking time bomb out there and it's going to happen. Until owners of vicious dogs are arrested and proscuted, it will not change. There will be a child or an adult that will be malled or killed. That's why Big Spring has a no chaining ordinance. They had 2 children who were attacked by pit bulls that had gotten off their chains. One child died. Another incident was a lady unloading groceries out of her car and attacked, and it took her one year to get over her injuries.
This is serious.

The Mayor wants the Humane Society to go away. He doesn't recognize them as a non profit organization recognized by the State of Texas. To him they are just a "committee". It's going to take the members and citizens to be vocal.

Please get on the Humane Society of Pecos website and let the ladies know that they have your support.
little nicky

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Nov 23, 2009
 
people should not get an animal if they are not going to take care of it. it starts there!! take care of your pet. they did not choose to be with you ! you took it in, take care of it.
the city should start charging for pick ups. people call they don't want there animal and want it put to sleep. their pets have litter and the ACO is picking them up. take care of your pets. get them fixed up. the ACO wants to do their job and the people want to kick their ass because their pet is being picked up because YOU don't take care of it. like led zeppelin said, "nobody's fault but mine." again "RELEASE THE GOOD!"

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Nov 23, 2009
 
A lot of shelters and pound DO charge to get your dog back if they pick it up as a stray. You can also get fined for violating the fencing and leash laws. Fact is, though, a male dog will dig to hell and back to find a female in heat. Bottom line is to spay the females.
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Nov 23, 2009
 
There should be a charge to the owner who surrenders their animal instead of paying a fine for dog at large or no rabies, or whatever violation. After all, they are the ones who chose to get an animal. And now they don't want it anymore so they just surrender it and let is be euthanized.

Or instead they throw them out on the street and they are picked up like a stray so the owner isn't held accountable.

Every animal has an owner some where. Make the owner pay by fine and by not letting them own another animal for at least a year.
little nicky

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Nov 24, 2009
 
YES, THE GOOD HAS BEEN RELEASED. ya'll are on the right track now!! "voice for the animals" and st. francis helper"!!
what did bob barker used to say!!???
Voice for the Animals

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Nov 24, 2009
 
Little Nicky - you are right - Bob Barker said to get your dogs spayed or neutered. The Humane Society is working on getting the mobile spaying/neuter clinic back here in January. We just need people to contact them and sign up.

It's all about holding people accountable.

It is an IRREVOCABLE PRIVILEDGE TO OWN AN ANIMAL and that right should be taken away when someone neglects or abuses an animal.
little nicky

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Nov 24, 2009
 
yes! maybe kiun can do a public service announcement for u. announce during hotline. i think they are free of charge if it is a public service announcement. not sure though, not sure
animal lover in Pecos

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Nov 24, 2009
 
as far as an Animal Shelter Advisory Board...I believe it is state law that all shelters must have an Advisory Board that makes recommendations to the shelter committee...something to look into...Ms Luster is trying so hard to help the animals of Pecos and the Humane Society should be viewed as an asset to our community and as valuable allies to the city and their animal control issues...education is the key to getting things turned around!!
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Nov 25, 2009
 
KIUN radio turned the Humane Society down to be on Pecos Talk and talk about the mobile clinic. They stated it was unfair to Dr. Box. However, the Humane Society talked to Dr. Box prior to having the clinic, and gave him the chance, and he turned it down. The mobile clinic is being offered by the Humane Society as a public service. And yet, they can't go on the radio and talk about. They have to buy an ad.
As far as an Animal Advisory Board, the Council and Mayor stated that because the population was under 75,000, the law did not require it. So let's don't do anything that would be good for the community. Let's only do what the law requires, yea right, like they always do that. It is an interpretation of the law and the Humane Society attorney reads the law differently. If the facility is in a municipality, the county population does not matter. The 75,000 county population is for a county impoundment facility.
But you will not get an Animal Advisory Board as long as you have the current Mayor. It is possible to request a ruling from the Attorney General on the interpretation but that takes time. Other towns have Animal Advisory Board whose population is the same or smaller than Pecos. It's a good thing but you have to convince the city leaders that it would be. And the Humane Society tried and only got chastised by the Mayor.

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