Friday, July 18, 2014
Heroes and Zeros,…. Update,…………
Today I got to tour the HASRA facilities. They are doing a great work with the dogs. They are fighting an uphill battle because of ignorance that goes hand and hand with spay/neuter programs or lack of. Being a responsible pet owner is really very simple. SPAY or NEUTER your pet. Have them FIXED people. This isn’t rocket science.
I found out today why HARSA sends so many dogs north of the Mason/Dixon Line,… Wanna hear it? It is because pet owners up there practice SPAY/NEUTER and they don’t have a problem with over crowding in the shelters. That is why they look South for dogs/cats to rescue and foster. We have to become more educated in terms of SPAY/NEUTERI?NG of our pets here in the South. This will cut down on the deaths at the local shelters. HASRA is definitely a hero to the dogs they save, foster, adopt out and just let hang around and enjoy life at the facilities.
A big fat ZERO goes to the city of Florence for letting the once low kill rate of 12% skyrocket since Debbie Rappuhn left. From the mayor to the police chief that is over the shelter and trying to pass off those duties to someone who has no clue how to run a shelter,… the city is failing miserably in their efforts to try to get the shelter close to a no kill facility. The shelter recently had an employee quit after putting a dog down that had been in rescue,… She killed an innocent dog. This is unacceptable. It is bad enough when people drop off animals at the shelter, toss them over the fence and break their legs,… but for a Florence employee to go ahead and euthanize an animal out of spite? Charges should be filed in my humble opinion. She was definitely not a hero.
I have to back track on this a bit,… I was given some info that has turned out to be incorrect,… I also probably shouldn't have combined these 2 blogs. Some have misinterpreted that the info came from HASRA,... it did not. It is unfortunate that I posted this and wish the shelter and Mr Grosso the best.. This from Vinny Grosso
My name is Vinny Grosso, and I am the Director of the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter. To begin, the allegations above are entirely false. The former employee in question has never been reprimanded for any violation of the City of Florence’s Euthanasia Policy. This employee spent countless tiring hours trying to save the hundreds of unwanted animals that come through our shelter every month. This employee was not forced to resign, nor was she asked to resign. Difficult decisions have to be made every day by shelter employees regarding what to do with the constant influx of unwanted animals. Although we strive to find homes, rescues, or fosters for every unwanted animal, the inevitable truth is that some animals have to be euthanized. The employees that have to make these decisions are put under a tremendous amount of stress each and every day, which may have been a contributing factor when this employee chose to move in a different direction. As a side note, this former employee (who, by the way, is credited for saving hundreds unwanted animals by sending them to rescue), is still aiding the shelter today by fostering and finding rescue for animals from our shelter.
If anyone has further questions concerning this issue, feel free to contact me at the Florence Animal Shelter at 256-760-6676 or stop by to talk with me in person.