Animal shelter reviewing policies

There are 2 comments on the Jan 27, 2012, KTVL News10 story titled Animal shelter reviewing policies. In it, KTVL News10 reports that:

More than a month after a Medford family's cat was euthanized, they are asking for changes at the Jackson County Animal Care and Control Center.

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Pipestone, MN

#1 Jan 29, 2012
Be cautious about using any cats taken from outdoors for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible. There's no way to know a wild-harvested cats' vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to all the deadly diseases cats carry. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination later will do no good. It's already too late. There's no reliable known test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It's the only sane and sensible solution. This is why all wild-harvested animals of any type intended for the pet-industry must undergo an extended quarantine up to 6 months before transfer or sale of those animals to prevent just these things. Cats are no different than any other animal when wild-harvested. You're risking this following story happening in every shelter across the land.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/09/23/2...

Adopting any cat that's been taken from outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette.

Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you'll never be rid of the feral-cat problem.

These are just the diseases cats spread to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma.[Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Flea-borne Typhus and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.

The plague:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908
http://www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07July...

Tularemia (rabbit-fever, transmissible to humans):
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/health/misce...
http://www.westyellowstonenews.com/news/artic...

Flea-borne Typhus:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-317...

Hookworm -- ruined Miami Businesses:
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-11-24/n...

The most insidious one of all, the common Toxoplasma gondii parasite that they spread through their feces into all other animals and livestock. This is how it gets into meats and humans get it from meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won't suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman.(Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can even kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected by it. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you at any time that your immune system becomes compromised. It's now being linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is now also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals (otters, seals, dolphins, etc.) along all coastal areas from cats' T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land.

Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat urine.

http://scitizen.com/neuroscience/parasite-hij...

Cats to control rodents is false. Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract rodents to your area.

The time has come to destroy them all whenever spotted away from supervised confinement. There's no other solution. We have nobody but cat-lovers to thank for this disaster.
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Vilonia, AR

#2 Jan 31, 2012
Needs to start taking in poor animals again...

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