Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Let's take a look at the hypocritical list that has been posted recently.
1) Adopt- an obvious one, but not everyone can do (WAIT, ACCORDINGLY TO THE MOVEMENT THAT THE ACTIVISTS FOLLOW, THERE ARE PLENTY OF HOMES SO WHY CAN'T EVERYONE DO IT?)
2) Foster- I can hook you up with several amazing rescues that will provide everything, if you can provide the animal love and TLC (MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE FOSTERING FOR THE RIGHT REASONS, NOT JUST SUBSTITUTING ONE KENNEL FOR ANOTHER. FOSTERING IS TO HELP DEVELOP SKILLS FOR ADOPTION, TO HELP RECOVERY FROM SURGERY, NOT TO JUST KEEP THEM ALIVE WHICH IS WHAT MANY OF THESE RESCUES DO.)
3) Donate money to a rescue that saves pets from Devore (we can suggest a few reputable ones! (YES, COLLECTING DONATIONS DOES SEEM TO BE A PRIORITY DOESN'T IT?)
4) Talk to you friends and family about considering adoption and fostering- saves lives! (EVEN I CAN'T ARGUE WITH THIS ONE.)
5) Email, mail, and, call in to the local newspaper groups and TV groups- expose (in a polite, professional way) the horrors these animals face while in a shelter like Devore and how others can help (SO NOW THEY DESTROY ANY GOOD BY CONDEMNING THE SHELTER TO THE PUBLIC, PUSHING AWAY THOSE ADOPTERS. CAN YOU SEE HOW HYPOCRITICAL THIS IS?)
6) Place ads in the newspaper with info on a dog or two (or three) OR cat(s) that need adopted from Devore- you can see who's available on the San Bernadino County site under shelters and then choose "Devore" and search (NOTHING ABOUT COORDINATION WITH THE SHELTER ON THIS. ADVERTISE AND THE ANIMAL IS ALREADY GONE. BUT I SEE THE SCHEME BEHIND THIS IN THAT THEY WANT YOU TO FAIL SO YOU WILL COMPLAIN ALONG WITH THEM. BY THE TIME YOUR AD COMES OUT THE ANIMAL MAY HAVE BEEN EUTHANIZED OR ADOPTED. SO THIS MAKES NO SENSE WITHOUT INCLUDING COOPERATION WITH THE SHELTER.)
7) Go to Devore and take photos of the dogs- post the albums and info on our page and petfinder, and we can spread them like wildfire (AGAIN SETTING YOU FOR FAILURE AND IT IS DELIBERATE, THEY WANT YOU TO BE ANGRY. YOU HAVE TO COORDINATE WITH THE SHELTER, YOU CAN'T JUST TAKE A PICTURE OF ANY OLD PET THERE, PETS ARE CONSIDERED OWNED UNTIL THE END OF THEIR HOLD TIME. YOU CANNOT BE POSTING PICTURES ALL OVER THE PLACE OF SOMEONE ELSE'S PET.)
8) Talk to your neighbors, family and friends about spaying/neutering their own pets- give the facts and be calm and friendly about it (AND MAKE SURE YOU DO THE SAME FOR YOUR PETS!) SPAY AND NEUTER SAVES LIVES. (YOU WON'T GET AN ARGUMENT ON THAT FROM ME. HOWEVER, IF THE ACTIVISTS WOULD CONCENTRATE ON THIS THEN IT WOULD APPLY THAT DEVORE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO KILL THEM IF THEY AREN'T THERE.)
9) Start a Facebook, Twitter, or Petfinder account that is solely for posting Devore Animals in need-There are a few groups but they cannot cover ALL the pets in need! (IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU WORK WITH THE SHELTER ON ANYTHING LIKE THIS, OTHERWISE YOU ARE SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE.)
10) Continue following groups that are doing their best to reform Devore and save the animals in it - you never know when they may call out for help, and you can help! (CONTINUE TO DEMAND RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACTIONS OF THE ACTIVISTS IN THEIR ROLE OF TRYING TO REDUCE ADOPTIONS AT THE DEVORE SHELTER. THIS IS DONE VIA UNFOUNDED ACCUSATIONS, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND WASTING VALUABLE COUNTY TIME WITH PUBLIC RECORDS, ETC. HOW MANY INVESTIGATIONS DO YOU NEED TO SHOW THAT DEVORE IS FAR FROM THE HELL HOLE YOU ARE TRYING TO PAINT IT TO BE?)
Monday, February 27, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Purchased a separate concrete building to perform medical procedures including euthanasia for animals. Upgraded kennel gates in kennel buildings by installing galvanized steel plates at the lower portion of the kennel gates to enhance animal safety.
Replaced heating/air-condition systems in the main administrative building. Replaced all flooring and painted the interior of the main administrative building. Upgraded ventilation systems in each kennel building to include enhanced ventilation systems and mister systems in each of the kennel buildings.
Purchased new cat cages and cat resting boxes for the cat rooms and established a new isolation/treatment room.
Designed and built an exterior get-acquainted area with separate dog visitation areas for prospective adopters to interact with pets prior to adoption.
Replaced hot water heating unit in new kennel building for sub-floor kennel heating.
Installed a back-up generator to this facility to provide power in emergencies or when electricity could otherwise be unavailable.
Purchasing a new commercial dish washer to clean and disinfect animal bowls.
Install two (2) new illuminated monument signs at the entrance to Shelter Way.
Enhance livestock area and replace livestock corrals and automatic water devices.
Replace all doors and door hardware in the administration building.
Replace hot water heaters in each of the kennel buildings and upgrade electric sub-floor heating in select kennel buildings.Purchased ninety (90) new pet resting platforms. One (1) for each kennel.
Calendar Year: 2007 2008 (% increase) 2009 (% increase) 2010 (% increase)
Total Dogs/Cats Adopted: 2,689 2,910 (8.2%) 4,371 (50%) 4,550 (4%)
days per week; provide required care and treatment to animals at the DAS facility and also provide urgent care and treatment to animals on behalf of the County at the veterinarian’s animal hospital. The selected veterinarian is Dr. Gregory Rex, who is the proprietor of the Animal Medical Hospital II. Dr. Rex has been the primary DAS veterinarian since 2007 and his contract was recently renewed for a three (3) year term in the amount of $360,000.00. Dr. Rex has a regular rotation of Monday, Wednesday and Friday in which he physically examines animals at the DAS facility, instructs and
provides guidance to the RVT regarding general care and treatment for animals, and provides staff training pertaining to disease recognition and control at this facility. Dr. Rex’s contract is a public record and available upon request. In addition, the County has established service agreements with an additional fifteen (15) veterinarians who provide emergency medical services to animals on behalf of the County or provide species specific veterinary care to large and exotic animals.
for the sterilization fees of each pet adopted during the County’s off site adoption events and ARFF recently contributed $40,000.00 to the County of San Bernardino to fund a specialized Pit Bull spay/neuter program ($15,000) and to support making additional facility improvements to the DAS ($25,000). In FY 2011-12, ARFF has provided funding to purchase bordetella vaccine for each canine admitted to the County’s animal shelters and another donor is funding a “free” microchip program in which individuals reclaiming their pet or adopting a new pet can receive a “free” micro-chip.
Currently the County has ninety-three (93) approved and enrolled rescue organizations.
Monday, February 13, 2012
So far, the dog has bitten the trainer, put puncture holes in the back of the "rescuer’s car when she was transporting the dog to the vet, and has required over $2,600 in veterinary care. The dog is still feral and even the "rescuer" has stated via the trainer’s website posting that she is rethinking this rescue.
Since the trainer who works with Cesar has posted factual information and not the negative information the "rescuer" was seeking, The "rescuer" decided to establish her own blog to paint a negative impression of this dogs “rescue”.
The blog established by the trainer is located at: www.
The negative blog established is located at: http://www.saving88.blogspot.
Here are some nice words from the trainer about how cooperative Greg Beck was. This dog received special treatment from SBACC and it did cost taxpayers. Because SBACC felt the dog was a threat, they had to transport the dog to the trainer rather than take a chance of the dog getting loose from the "rescuer". I applaud SBACC for thinking of the community first.
Second, I am so grateful that I did not have to try and get this dog in my car, or anyone else’s, as he would have bled and oozed, and peed every where! Yuck! What a mess and what a struggle that would have been! I am so grateful that was in their truck and not mine! Lesson: No matter how bad things look or seem, that is just what you are seeing on the surface. I am truly grateful that Greg Beck was able to hand deliver with the Officer, this dog to me in their own truck! The snare pole it is. This was my first experience actually using one. I have seen them, I have held them, I have played just a bit with them, but I have never actually put one on a dog and hauled his frightened and fighting self out of a truck. The Officer was kind enough to give me a lesson, and awesome enough to assist me on my first try! Thank you! Goodness, I wish I could remember her name.
So here he comes, fighting, biting, kicking and bleeding out of the truck. Alligator rolls, and all. Ok, so we can’t get Buddy to walk on his own, and I can’t blame him. There is no doubt he was under quite a bit of stress to say the least, but we had to get him out of that truck eventually, and into my kennel run. A little pull, a little waiting, a little fighting, a little dragging (as safe as one can be) we finally get him back into my kennel run which is directly under my kitchen window and just a few feet out of my back door.
See the description of this dog? These "rescuers" could not understand why Devore would hesitate to give this dog to two women who have absolutely no experience in handling dogs like this. But Devore was condemned for not doing it, for not taking the chance of Buddy escaping into the community once again.
Note how the negative blog just ends suddenly. If Buddy turned out to be a success story you can rest assured that it would be posted and cross posted, criticizing Devore every step of the way. The last I heard was that Buddy was a jumper, that explains him being a stray, and it probably explains why no success story is showing. Now that leads me to this story coming out of Devore this weekend.
Any problems with Devore and specifically Doug, please let me know, privately. There are CA attorneys willing to help stop any retaliatory or unreasonable actions by Devore towards the animals whose care is entrusted to them AND to any rescue group trying to save one. I dealt with Doug and all the details of getting Pretty Girl out of there all last week. She would be dead if I were not lucky enough to know the right people in CA, including legal counsel, who made it happen. Apparently, the "one year old Pit Bull" (vicious dog) is a 5-7 month old PUP and not visibly PB but rather Whippet, Greyhound build - maybe Lab. Dalmatian mix. Just because the owner paid for the quarantine after the pup bit a kid and the owner paid for killing it, doesn't mean Doug had to do so - obviously. She's out, safe, and VERY afraid. For good reason, it turns out! Time for a changeover of staff at Devore. If you have a bona-fide, valid, complaint against Devore, OR any problems with Devore animals as of right now, let me know. We'll make sure no further animals die just because Devore decision makers can kill them!
This dog attacked a 7 year old girl as she was riding her scooter on the sidewalk. The owner requested euthanasia following the quarantine period. Instead, the Hayden was pulled and this dog was released to a "rescue", a "rescue" that is not an authorized rescue for Devore.
Does this not show the problems of the Hayden? When a shelter is forced to deal with rescues they haven't checked out? Here is the official response to this release. Keep in mind that animal control/shelters have as a first priority to protect the public's health and safety. They are criticized for doing so when they should be applauded. This is blurring the line once again between rescue and sheltering.
This is the dog which was involved in a dog attack which occurred in the City of Yucaipa. The victim of this attack was a seven (7) year old girl who was riding her scooter, when a dog described as Pit Bull lunged at her and bit her on the arm.
Various individuals involved in animal rescue activities have expressed an interest in receiving this Pit Bull in an attempt to “rehabilitate” the animal. The County of San Bernardino has a responsibility to the people it serves to ensure vicious and/or potentially aggressive dogs are not placed back into the community. California State law does not require the County of San Bernardino to release known vicious or aggressive owner surrendered animals to other entities. State law may require dangerous, vicious, or aggressive stray animals to be released to qualified animal rescue groups, but the law does not require the County to release aggressive owner-surrendered animals to other parties.
Specifically, California Food and Agriculture Code Section 31108.5 (b) states, “Upon relinquishment, the dog may be made available for immediate euthanasia if it has a history of vicious or dangerous behavior documented by the agency charged with enforcing state and local animal laws.” The Animal Care and Control Division has agreed to consider releasing this animal to a qualified non-profit animal rescue organization if the rescue organization agrees to assume all liability associated with the acceptance of this animal. The organization will also need to ensure that the animal be assessed and evaluated by a trained animal behaviorist prior to adopting or placing the animal with another party.
If you are aware of a qualified animal rescue organization that has an interest in receiving this animal and assuming full responsibility and liability for the animal, please feel free to forward that organization’s contact information to me and we will contact the organization and make them aware of the process to be considered for possible release of the animal.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
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.
And here is an article from 1952 about it:
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Of greater significance are the numbers of animals rescued from hoarders who actually purport to be operating no-kill shelters. There was some improvement on that front in 2011, but those cases shouldn't exist at all:
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2010: [EXCERPT] The numbers of dogs and cats taken in from failed animal shelters and nonprofit shelterless rescues in 2010 appear likely to exceed the numbers impounded from breeders for the first time in the 19 years that ANIMAL PEOPLE has kept track. About 4,600 dogs and cats had been taken in from failed shelters and rescues as of Thanksgiving 2010, almost the same as the then-record number taken in from failed shelters and rescues in the whole of 2009. The 2010 figure projects to a total of nearly 5,000 for the year, or 25% of the total number of dogs and cats impounded in neglect cases.
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2012:
Puppy millers move from malls to web sites [EXCERPT] Impoundments of dogs and cats from failed shelters and rescues rose from 2,159 in 2005 to nearly 5,000 in 2010, exceeding the number impounded from puppy mills for the first time, but dropped back to 3,165 in 2011.
Merritt Clifton Editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE Web: www.animalpeoplenews.org