Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Increased dog bites goes with the No Kill territory. An example was in Indianapolis under the reign of Douglas Rae. Doug Rae was proclaimed the best shelter director ever by Nathan Winograd. Even though an audit from the City of Philadelphia said otherwise and Winograd's program was kicked to the curb. 

Rae had a $4 adoption event. Afterwards, a council member there received several emails from various surrounding shelters. These emails said that people who adopted these $4 dogs and cats were bringing them there because Rae refused to take them back after the new owners were attacked. Seems No Kill doesn't believe in temperament testing in shelters. Rae didn't screen the pets and he didn't screen the people adopting. The same council member also received emails from ACOs stating that Rae told them to not pick up strays in the field because it would affect his numbers. 

No Kill is designed in such a fashion, along with the schemes and scams birthing from it, to put public health and safety in jeopardy. By saying that pit bulls get a bad rap and that all dogs/cats can be rehabbed is wrong. Pits are mauling and killing daily. No other breeds can come close to the damages being done by pits. Many severe attacks and fatalities come from pits adopted from these No Kill "Savior" rescues. http://blog.dogsbite.org/2009/01/shelter-adopts-out-biting-dogs-to-save.html

WWW.DogsBite.ORG has pulled public records and discovered the connection between a 35% increase in dog bites and the installation of No Kill in Austin. This is excellent reading.

Austin, TX - DogsBite.org recently reviewed 5-years of dog bite data gained from the City of Austin under the Freedom of Information Act. The data shows that dog bites have increased substantially since the city adopted a No-Kill policy in 2010. Between 2009 and 2011, dog bites increased 35%. The primary offenders of all bites were pit bulls and their mixes, responsible for 22% (1,288) followed by Labradors and their mixes, which inflicted 12% (682) during the 5-year period.

And Abigail Smith has no idea of what to do about all of this.

Both No-Kill Shelters "Filled to the Gills"

In November 2011, Austin Animal Services moved into a new $12 million dollar shelter facility to meet the city's No-Kill goals. After one week of opening, the facility was over capacity. Currently, the old shelter, which was only intended to be used as an overflow facility, and the new facility are "filled to the gills" with animals with no end in sight. Austin taxpayers fund both facilities, without a dime extra provided by animal owners through basic, routine pet licensing fees.

As noted in the late July Austin Chronicle article, Austin Animal Services will be asking for a budgetary expansion of $1 million dollars this year, which would be the second consecutive substantial increase for the department. All of this is needed (and possibly even a third facility?) to maintain the No-Kill initiative -- a 10% kill rate. Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith told the Chronicle, "We're figuring this out as we go along," which hardly provides assurances.

DBO goes on to state: 
When No-Kill Meets "Reality"

If readers missed the Delaware County, Ohio class action lawsuit filed in April, do read (See:Court filing). We expect more lawsuits like this in the future. Briefly, victims of multiple attacks sued the Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC), a No-Kill group, alleging the entity knowingly adopted, fostered out and placed dangerous dogs into residential neighborhoods, despite knowing the dogs had been recommended for euthanization for public safety concerns.

It is a telling story involving the president of HSDC and his wife, Michael and Judith Prasse, creating a homespun hoarding operation at their own residence to spare the deaths of known dangerous dogs. One of the dogs ended up attacking two people and two pet dogs in the neighborhood as a result. Plaintiffs also sued John Doe Defendants 1-25 -- persons who adopted, fostered out and placed known dangerous dogs in the public in association with HSDC.1 

And I can't agree with this more.
No-Kill Trumps Public Safety

DogsBite.org does not believe the care of animals is in good hands when under the spell of No-Kill that again fails to focus on the source of over capacity shelters -- endless incoming animals. Animal services departments either infected with or pushed to the brink by rabid No-Kill followers typically have the priority imbalance of "meet the 10% kill rate at all cost," even if this results in the reduction of adoption screening and behavior testing, both designed to keep the public safe.

It is no mystery why dog bites in Austin jumped 35% after adopting No-Kill. 


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