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Pam Woodall

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#1 Apr 4, 2013
I am asking the community of Bonham to help me stop the inhumane treatment of animals at the bonham pound. Here is a link to a petition that I hope you will sign and encourage others to sign. http://signon.org/sign/bonham-tx-animal-shelt... It is directed to Gov. Rick Perry, I currently have 210 signatures. I need the citizens to come forward with their stories about this shelter, what they know, what they have seen, do they feel the city officials should have to answer for what this facility has become? We must stand up for these animals who do NOT have voices. A quote by Jeremy Bentham, "the question is not, "can they reason?", nor, "can they talk?" but rather, "can they suffer?" Enough is enough! I need supporters to attend the city council meeting April 8th to discuss the city ordinance of "dog at large", this law needs to be revised and Mr. Shipp, city manager and Judge Scotnik have made it clear they will NOT support my son and I in the quest to revise the ordinance. This ordinance does not allow for human error. Also to be addressed is the city's annual registration fee and the descripinancy in what is being charged and what the actual form states. Please stand up and get involved be there with us. Please read my article in the Bonham Leader, letter to the editor and you will understand my mission better. Thank you

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curious

Texarkana, TX

#2 Apr 5, 2013
What are they doing that is so terrible? You clearly seem passionate about it, whatever it is....
Resident

Texarkana, TX

#3 Apr 5, 2013
I read you article, and like so many others laughed at your griping about the city of Bonham not being able to take care of all the animals in the COUNTY! If you will remember, Bonham is the only one that stepped up to have any type of shelter built. You might want to go to the county with your gripes, or better yet, go to the other towns in the county and check their animal shelters!
Devin Robertson

Texarkana, AR

#4 Apr 5, 2013
Pam Woodall: are you volunteering your own time and MONEY to help out at the shelter? Or do you want additional tax $$$ spent to meet your own personal demands?? Feel free to adopt every dog and cat that hits their (the shelter) doorstep, nobody is stopping you....
Pam Woodall

United States

#5 Apr 5, 2013
curious wrote:
What are they doing that is so terrible? You clearly seem passionate about it, whatever it is....
You would have to walk in there to really understand. The smell will make you vomit, there are not enough kennals, cats and dogs do not have the proper barriers as mandated my shelter laws, if it was not for the volunteers there, I can promise you most of these precious animals would have been dead along time ago! Note: if you want to go there you have to call and set up an appt. with the ACO (he has other, more important jobs to do, he just got "stuck" with being the ACO. Been there for years and doesn't give a crap about the shelter, the animals or the citizens of Bonham, I know, I have had my own personal experiences with him
Pam Woodall

United States

#6 Apr 5, 2013
Resident wrote:
I read you article, and like so many others laughed at your griping about the city of Bonham not being able to take care of all the animals in the COUNTY! If you will remember, Bonham is the only one that stepped up to have any type of shelter built. You might want to go to the county with your gripes, or better yet, go to the other towns in the county and check their animal shelters!
Perhaps you missed the story on the $250,000.00 that was raised for a large shelter, property was donate for it to be built on, an designer was hired, twice (in two different years) and the city council said NO! Reporters, supporters were there, they didn't give a rat's a--, they had the power and they said NO. Now we have this prison facility for our animals. Perhaps you should pay it a visit. Note, you must make an appt. with the ACO as he has other, more important jobs to do for the city. Go take a visit and then talk to me.
Pam Woodall

United States

#7 Apr 5, 2013
Devin Robertson wrote:
Pam Woodall: are you volunteering your own time and MONEY to help out at the shelter? Or do you want additional tax $$$ spent to meet your own personal demands?? Feel free to adopt every dog and cat that hits their (the shelter) doorstep, nobody is stopping you....
Nope, no one is stopping me and if I didn't already have three dogs of my own, that I make sure have shots, love, shelter, food etc. I would go and adopt. Have you been there? You would be afraid to adopt these animals for fear of what they might have. Do I volunteer? No, because my heart can not take it to see animals without a home and how people who take on pets treat them the way they do. Yes, they should be prosecuted for neglect as well. So my contribution is the petition I have started as stated on my original statement, something must be done and I will do what I can. What demands? What additional tax $$$ are you speaking of? The shelter in Ladonia just saved a dog from being put down at our prison of a facility. Only people getting credit for their love and time are the great volunteers we have, and their hands are tied as to how much they can do. Anything else you would like to add?
Pam Woodall

United States

#8 Apr 5, 2013
I gain nothing from what I am doing, the only ones who win here are the animals. I am not asking for your money, I am asking for your voices to be heard on behalf of the animals. Let's give them the shelter they deserve ran by people who care and love these animals, the "elected officials" of Bonham are not them. As for the county, this is a city problem, and the city officials need to take responsability for what they have taken from these animals. The "elected officials" work for us we do not work for them!
Curious 2

Sherman, TX

#9 Apr 5, 2013
Pam Woodall wrote:
I gain nothing from what I am doing, the only ones who win here are the animals. I am not asking for your money, I am asking for your voices to be heard on behalf of the animals. Let's give them the shelter they deserve ran by people who care and love these animals, the "elected officials" of Bonham are not them. As for the county, this is a city problem, and the city officials need to take responsability for what they have taken from these animals. The "elected officials" work for us we do not work for them!
Do you realize how long a battle it was to get the current facility??????????
Pam Woodall

United States

#10 Apr 6, 2013
Curious 2 wrote:
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Do you realize how long a battle it was to get the current facility??????????
I only know the shelter has been here for at least 14 years and the one they are in now is around 5 or 6 years old. Why do you ask that? If it took a long time then you would think it would be managed better and respected more. I do know they turned down a $250,000.00 cash donation, I need to correct that it was $230,000.00, government regulated architect floor plans for 30 dog kennels with access to outdoor, and a study package proposal from the ground up of operational expenses. The city council voted no to this proposal in 2011 in front of many supporters and news media.
Resident

Texarkana, TX

#11 Apr 6, 2013
You are living in a fantasy world. There was the old "dog pound" by the railroad tracks for a lot longer than 14 years, and the new shelter only opened last year, not five or six years ago. You really need to get more facts about everything. The city of Bonham is the only one in the whole county that stepped up to take on a countywide issue.
Pam Woodall

United States

#12 Apr 6, 2013
Resident wrote:
You are living in a fantasy world. There was the old "dog pound" by the railroad tracks for a lot longer than 14 years, and the new shelter only opened last year, not five or six years ago. You really need to get more facts about everything. The city of Bonham is the only one in the whole county that stepped up to take on a countywide issue.
Is that why they turned down a $230,000.00 cash donation, because they stepped up? If what you want to say is true, they just opened last year, could you tell me when that was? I was there last Aug. to find a missing dog of mine, so depending on when they opened last year, as you say, then this is truly a horrific story! No ventilation other than a ceiling fan, that just circulates bad odor back into the building. They were inspected by the TX. Dept. of State Health Services Zoonosis Control on Feb. 22, 2010, put on probation at that time and have not cleaned up since! So I do believe you may not have all your facts. One last thing, I said "as far as I know they have been here for 14 years or so". Because I do NOT actually know how long this city has had a shelter. I am only concerned about today's facility and what we can do to fix it. You should care so much!
get your facts straight

Texarkana, TX

#13 Apr 7, 2013
Pam Woodall wrote:
<quoted text> Is that why they turned down a $230,000.00 cash donation, because they stepped up? If what you want to say is true, they just opened last year, could you tell me when that was? I was there last Aug. to find a missing dog of mine, so depending on when they opened last year, as you say, then this is truly a horrific story! No ventilation other than a ceiling fan, that just circulates bad odor back into the building. They were inspected by the TX. Dept. of State Health Services Zoonosis Control on Feb. 22, 2010, put on probation at that time and have not cleaned up since! So I do believe you may not have all your facts. One last thing, I said "as far as I know they have been here for 14 years or so". Because I do NOT actually know how long this city has had a shelter. I am only concerned about today's facility and what we can do to fix it. You should care so much!
What you are describing is the old place. The new place must have opened last year after your visit. For many, many years, off and on there were various discussions, trying to get the county and all of the cities to pool their resources for a county wide facility. It all kept falling through. So finally, the city of Bonham decided to forge ahead by themselves. They decided to turn down that big donation because it came with too many strings attached to it and it would have ended up costing the city even more in the long run. They decided to do something a little more simply that they could afford to build and maintain. The county and other towns in our county still have no shelters. So yes, the city of Bonham is the only one who has stepped up to the plate to take care of animals.
Disgusted

Texarkana, TX

#14 Apr 7, 2013
Before you even discuss the issue won't you at the least go and take a look at the shelter. I visited there 2 weeks ago with a friend that was looking to adopt. The smell was more than overwhelming, there are no separate (outdoor) runs so that the dogs can be taken out at the same time in order to fumigate the place. Just take the time to visit and then come back and comment. That's all I ask.
mike

United States

#15 Apr 7, 2013
Been there to adopt a pet as well. It does suck there are no runs for them. They do take them out and give them exercise though.
It's a small town and a fixed income community. I was shocked we got the new animal shelter in the first place! The voters have a hard time passing a school bond, I doubt they are gonna beat down the polls for another new facility.
The place does smell like a wet dog. It's gonna happen. It's full of wet dogs. I have yet to go into a shelter and think "Hey what a great place!" It's unfortunate, but necessary.
Pam Woodall

United States

#16 Apr 7, 2013
get your facts straight wrote:
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What you are describing is the old place. The new place must have opened last year after your visit. For many, many years, off and on there were various discussions, trying to get the county and all of the cities to pool their resources for a county wide facility. It all kept falling through. So finally, the city of Bonham decided to forge ahead by themselves. They decided to turn down that big donation because it came with too many strings attached to it and it would have ended up costing the city even more in the long run. They decided to do something a little more simply that they could afford to build and maintain. The county and other towns in our county still have no shelters. So yes, the city of Bonham is the only one who has stepped up to the plate to take care of animals.
NO the place I am describing is the SAME one you are talking about, I know because my daughter was just there two days ago. Credit the elected officials all you want but they do NOT have the best interest of the citizens, the animals or anything else, only thing they care about is themselves! I know all about that donation and what came with it, if you signed my petition, you would have read my updates, that is discussed in an update.They did NOT have to afford to BUILD anything or MAINTAIN it, it was all in the package, citizens even agreed to pay more property taxes to get it built. These "elected officials" are all frauds, you can stand by them if you so choose to do so.
Pam Woodall

United States

#17 Apr 7, 2013
Disgusted wrote:
Before you even discuss the issue won't you at the least go and take a look at the shelter. I visited there 2 weeks ago with a friend that was looking to adopt. The smell was more than overwhelming, there are no separate (outdoor) runs so that the dogs can be taken out at the same time in order to fumigate the place. Just take the time to visit and then come back and comment. That's all I ask.
thank you for your comment and words of wisdom, I hope this person heeds it!
Pam Woodall

United States

#18 Apr 7, 2013
mike wrote:
Been there to adopt a pet as well. It does suck there are no runs for them. They do take them out and give them exercise though.
It's a small town and a fixed income community. I was shocked we got the new animal shelter in the first place! The voters have a hard time passing a school bond, I doubt they are gonna beat down the polls for another new facility.
The place does smell like a wet dog. It's gonna happen. It's full of wet dogs. I have yet to go into a shelter and think "Hey what a great place!" It's unfortunate, but necessary.
I appreciate you comment Mike, yes they do get exercise, very little, there is nothing "fixed income community" about this. The voters did not get to decide on this shelter, that was strictly the city council's decision. They want their jobs, their power, you votes, their way. It is time these "elected officials" take responsibility for what they are doing. They don't care about the citizens, much less the animals. I know several people who have reached out for these "elected officials" help, but the mighty powers don't help! I've seen it myself as well. Some of the citizens are seeing the light, waking up if you will, it's time to take a stand and to take our city back and give the community "elected officials" who actually care and will do their jobs. They work for US NOT US working for them! Why, Mike does it smell like wet dogs in there? Does it rain in there too? Dogs and cats are NOT normally wet, if they are they have usually been bathed, that does NOT happen often if at all. So NO Mike it is not gonna happen.
yeah

Texarkana, TX

#19 Apr 8, 2013
Pam Woodall wrote:
<quoted text> NO the place I am describing is the SAME one you are talking about, I know because my daughter was just there two days ago. Credit the elected officials all you want but they do NOT have the best interest of the citizens, the animals or anything else, only thing they care about is themselves! I know all about that donation and what came with it, if you signed my petition, you would have read my updates, that is discussed in an update.They did NOT have to afford to BUILD anything or MAINTAIN it, it was all in the package, citizens even agreed to pay more property taxes to get it built. These "elected officials" are all frauds, you can stand by them if you so choose to do so.
Ok, I am confused. You say that the city did not have to afford to build or maintain anything, which to me would mean that you are saying that the private donors were willing to give ALL of the money needed to build and maintain it. But then later in the same sentence you say that citizens agreed to pay more property taxes, which means to me that the private donations did not cover everything. So which is it? And you do realize that the voters around here don't even want to make sure our school children are in adequate school buildings, what makes you think that the majority of voters would actually vote for a tax increase for some dogs or cats?
just do it

Texarkana, TX

#20 Apr 8, 2013
Pam, since you clearly have all of the answers and all of the money & land needed, why don't you and those private donors go build a private shelter so you can rescue all of the county's animals? Or perhaps, why don't you and others who agree with you go and volunteer at the city shelter and get it cleaned up to your standards?

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