Years ago, I was at the Rancho shelter before the hostile takeover, when the County had the contract and an 86% return to owner/adoption rate for dogs. One of the ACOs came up to me, with tears in her eyes and said she had resigned.
I was shocked, this ACO loved her job. I had seen her in action many times and never saw her resort to using a catch pole. Animals seemed to trust her and would come up to her easily enough. I'm sure she did have to use that catch pole at times. One thing about catch poles, they can be tough to watch. Lately the tall tale about the ACO at Dogs Day Inn probably fell into that category. I don't watch when the catch pole is being used. I know it doesn't hurt but there are times when a dog looses it with the catch pole and that is hard for me to watch. So some inexperienced self proclaimed "rescuer" sees this and totally blows it out of proportion.
This ACO was a lovely woman with a family. She explained she had to leave animal control for the sake of her child. Seems he came home one day in tears, didn't want to go back to school. Another kid was saying that the ACO's son had a murderer for a mother, she murdered animals.
The child that tortured the ACO's child probably was the offspring of some of these activists. No child should have to be told something like that and no adult should allow their child to hear their rantings and ravings about the shelter. But this is just in the activists' grand scheme of things. Make life miserable for the "old" regime so they will leave. Then the activists think they will replace the old with their new. In LA City, the activists went into neighborhoods scaring children that lived around animal control officials. They would tell the children that the people who live in that house kill animals. Is this any way to win a battle? Yet the extreme animal rights "No Kill" people have already added this tactic to their arsenal. Whose neighborhood will be next?