I found this posted on a Facebook page.
We went to Devore on Wednesday and we discovered that the isolation area was in the process of having the heating system repaired/replaced. The older kennels have overhead heat while only the newer ones have floor heat. We happened to notice Brian Cronin, Division Chief of Animal Control, was there conducting a tour and "explaining" things to these individuals. It would appear that this frostbite incident as horrifying as it is, has brought about the much needed attention and at least a small change. (WHAT?? ARE YOU TRYING TO TAKE CREDIT FOR WHAT IS STANDARD PROCEDURE? TOURS ARE CONDUCTED ALL THE TIME AT DEVORE, DOESN'T MEAN IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO YOUR ACCUSATIONS.)
While we still are not able to get them to give the animals blankets, sweaters or toys, I was told they will let us provide beds if they can be hosed off to clean. The few they have are plastic with a grate that I believe was meant to have a cushion on it. They will take plastic wading pools for the mommas and pups. (WHY DO YOU WANT TO TAKE WHAT LITTLE TIME THE STAFF HAS FOR THE ANIMALS FOR THIS NONSENSE?)
I was able to have a conversation with one of the animal control officers. We discussed returning animals to their owners rather than bringing them to the shelter. While this officer agreed and he did go on to explain how he tries to work with owners, getting them to I.D. their pets as well as how to better and/or more safely confine their animals. He felt that owners think of their pets as property. He based his opinion on the fact that owners were turning over their family pets that some had owned for years rather than pay the $100+ fines (AC officers carry portable ATM machines). I asked him if he had given thought that perhaps, with the income level in the area he was speaking of and the current economy, it was very possible a choice between paying rent, feeding their family or paying the fine. He did seem like he genuinely wants to work with the community but did just stare at me when I suggested returning animals for free and working with the owners to better secure their pets. (AT LEAST HE DIDN'T LAUGH IN YOUR FACE LIKE I WOULD HAVE, JUST WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD PAY FOR THIS, NATHAN WINOGRAD MAYBE? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME WINOGRAD GAVE ANY MONEY TOWARD A SHELTER TO HELP IT. FOR THAT MATTER, WHEN HAS ANY NO KILL OUTFIT GIVEN ANY MONEY TO HELP ANYTHING?) I then brought up the much needed free and more low cost spay and neuter being available. He did not think the people in this area will utilize it. (THE COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO HAS A NATIONAL AWARD WINNING SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM THAT HAS NOT SEEN A SINGLE BUDGET CUT SINCE INCEPTION.) I described a situation I witnessed in Washoe County in an area that was difficult in getting owners to spay and neuter and confine their pets. I explained that they set up a free clinic for shots and spay/neuter in the community. They also gave out information and answered questions. There was such a turn out that they worked past the expected time and still had to turn people away and schedule another clinic. (AND DID YOU HAPPEN TO NOTICE THE SEVERE OVERCROWDING, DISEASE, SICK ANIMALS IN YOUR HAPPY LITTLE MAKE BELIEVE WORLD OF NO KILL? MITCH WAS FORCED INTO EARLY RETIREMENT, NOT GETTING ALL THOSE GOOD BENEFITS NOW FROM THE COUNTY. AND WITH THAT RETIREMENT COMES THE OPENING FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT WASHOE TO COME OUT. HAVEN'T YOU NOTICED HOW WINOGRAD IS IGNORING MITCH THESE DAYS?) I noticed that the people in this community started becoming more involved with their pets as a direct result of these clinics. Before, the animals didn't "belong" to anyone( in case AC showed up) and now they took pride in their ownership. (WANNA MENTION THE HOARDERS THAT HAVE BEEN CAUGHT AND THEY WERE GETTING THEIR CATS FROM THE NEVADA HUMANE SOCIETY?)
I believe (and hope) that the AC officer left with a better perspective in regards to working with the community and maybe more pets will get returned to their owners. (OH THE MESSIAH COMPLEX IS ALIVE AND WELL!!)
Another issue that is a big problem, is the lack of knowing what to do if your pet is missing. By the time people find out where to look, it is sadly found that their pet has been KILLED or they cannot come up with the "bail" to get their pet out before they are KILLED. Many of the animals that end up at Devore have loving homes. The KILL rate would drop dramatically if all the animals with homes were simply returned to their owners. (IF AN OWNER HASN'T FOUND THEIR PET WITH ALL THE AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO DO SO, THEN IT IS BECAUSE THAT OWNER AIN'T LOOKING, AND DEVORE IS ON PETHARBOR. ACO'S IN THE FIELD CERTAINLY DO TRY TO RETURN ANY PET THAT HAS A WAY TO IDENTIFY THEIR HOME. THIS IS CONFIRMED IN THE SERVICE CALL LOGS THAT I PERSONALLY CHECK. DO YOU?)
San Bernardino County has a fair amount of low income residents, high unemployment, a huge amount of foreclosed homes and closed up businesses. In addition, there are residents that come from different cultural backgrounds and may speak little or no English. This is a County that needs to be more understanding of their residents and their current financial situation and find ways to work with pet owners. (AND HOW DO YOU PROPOSE TO PAY FOR THIS? YOU ARE DEMANDING SO MANY THINGS FROM DEVORE THAT TAKE MONEY, ARE YOU GOING TO START A CHIP IN FUND FOR DEVORE TO DELIVER THESE PROPOSALS YOU MAKE?)
These people think there is a money tree that a shelter can just pick the money and do whatever they want the shelter to do. They don't live in the real world, that or they are completely unmedicated delusional.