“We just received a report from a records requests from County Counsel. It is public record that 130 dogs just flat disappeared from Devore Shelter last year! Vanished into thin air. Odd, because they seem to have the security of Fort Knox: security cameras and barbed wire around the shelter walls. That's a dog missing every few days, ALL YEAR LONG. Additionally, it was reported that 140 dogs died in their cages, again, this seems to be common, almost 3 times a week. Yet there is a vet being paid 120K a year. Can we look into this, Neil Derry? If the family dog goes missing and they look at the shelter.... and Devore staff and management can't explain where the dog went? This is VERY concerning, it's sloppy and unacceptable. Isn't it their job to keep track of the animals they pick up? This is a HUGE number of missing animals.”
We need to set the record straight. A total of thirteen (13) DOGS were found missing from their cages last year, escaped or were stolen. A total of sixty-three (63) puppies and/or dogs died last year, with a majority of those being under age puppies that did not survive. The above statement leads people to believe that hundreds of dogs were stolen or died, which is a lie. The numbers reflected in the activist’s statements are not accurate and we challenge them to produce any document that reflects this number of DOGS that died or were found missing.
The majority of animals that were reported missing were scared and frightened cats and kittens, which was 111. Has anyone ever seen a feral cat escape and scale an 8’ high fence in a heart-beat. The activists would have you believe that is “very concerning.” The same situation occurs at animal shelters that accept every animal delivered to their facility throughout the State of California. In fact, in 2010 shelters in California reported that 4,674 dogs and cats escaped or were stolen from shelters throughout the State. Also, in 2010, 10,002 dogs and cats died of other causes, other than euthanasia, while being housed at shelters throughout the state. The statistics mentioned here can be found on the California State Department of Public Health’s website at: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/
HealthInfo/discond/Documents/ Rabies/LRCA%20Reports/2010% 20LRCA.pdf
This is just another example of how the activists are spreading lies and are attempting slander, harass and condemn the staff at the animal shelter. When people spread hurtful, slanderous rumors like these who is served? Maybe the activists can let us know what they hope to accomplish by lying and deceiving others? Then again, isn’t lying and deceit a part of the “No-Kill” movement.