Friday, June 5, 2015

Shame On Florence City Leaders,….



Apparently the new Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter isn’t job 1 as promised by the new city administration as promised in 2013,…. here is an article from the TimesDaily on the matter concerning a new building for the animal shelter,… Click Here for the May 3rd 2013 article. Direct quote from Mayor Haddock in the article,…  “It will be one of the issues that comes up early in my term,” he said. “If we (council) are all supportive of it, and I think we will be, it will be a priority to build a new shelter.” So apparently all of the council weren’t supportive of it. But they supported a new tourism building,… now they are supporting a new Indian Mound museum. But the lives of animals do not matter? Kind of sad our city leaders have failed those animals. I wonder what the kill rate is now,… it was down into the teens, near 12% if I remember correctly. They sure don’t boast of it being low anymore.
In parting I want to share a post on facebook by someone who actually still goes to the shelter. I am not going to post any names because the last time I did, that person was called on the carpet. Here is that post from which I got permission to blog.

"Disgusting. I feel lied to. We were lied to. I was just at the animal shelter this week. There is BLACK MOLD in the offices, the euth room and the laundry room. I got close and personal with it!!! Lots of it. The solution from the mayor? Get a dehumidifier. REALLY????? The shelter is a terrible place for the employees to have to work and a disgusting place for our animals that are tossed away like garbage. I now feel sure that the city officials could care less how many animals die or live in terrible conditions. The new shelter was supposed to start last August. Almost a year later.....nothing. My heart breaks when I go there. We used to have full medicine cabinets. Not any more. WE painted and sealed the kennels ourselves. Now disgusting, dirty, no personnel to have time to scrub. Healthy animals with good personalities having to be euthanized because of room. I don't understand why there is not an uprising about this. there are so many of us who love the shelter animals and are sick of the lies and postponing of the new shelter for one reason or another. I am willing to get as many people together to protest as it takes for as long as it takes. Our new shelter needs to be built as promised. I am sure that volunteers would come to help if the place was not so gross, hot and stinky. Our animals deserve a clean place that is safe and enough employees to care for them, a place for them to be exercised, and a safe environment for the employees that work day in and day out without anything from our city to help them. WE are fortunate to have employees, who really care about the animals and are heartbroken when they beg for help and receive none. I feel sick that our mayor and city councilmen could care less. Caring less means one excuse after another and no shelter as promised".

13 comments:

  1. As usual. It is a shame the city has no more respect for animals lives than this.

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  2. Let's do something. Let's start protesting outside of City Hall, everyday, until they do something. Let's not just shake our heads in disgust, shrug our shoulders, and say, "oh well." Let's do something about it. @AmericanMatt5

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  3. Let's do something. Let's protest outside of City Hall everyday until they do something about it. Let's not just shake our heads in disgust, shrug our shoulders and say, "oh well." Let's do something.
    @AmericanMatt5

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  4. OB is good about checking facts before he posts. It's taking too long.

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  5. Go to the City Council Meetings and make your voices heard. I worked with the Friends of the Mound to get the Indian Mound cleaned up so people could go up there without fear and I did this by going to the meetings and making our voice heard. I also had a lot to say about the horrible conditions at that farce they called a museum. I have no regrets about the new museum currently under construction. If you want a new shelter, then go to the meetings every time there is one and keep letting them know you're not going away. It always has been true and is still true, the squeaky wheel get the attention. Become a voice for the animals and go to the meetings.

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  6. There are many issues at any given time in running and managing a municipality. The animal shelter is better here than in some places, and not as good as others. If money was no object things like this would get fixed quickly and easily, but money is an object; it always is. To accuse city leaders of not caring or implying that they have been deceitful and dishonest is a huge leap and should not be said unless there is verifiable information provided. As it stands here, this article borders on slanderous...

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    1. I used a direct quote,... nothing slanderous about that. Nothing slanderous about opinions either. Thank you for your comment.

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  7. I lived back in my hometown of Florence a few years ago and was VERY grateful for the care my new kittens got from them. But I am distraught to learn that conditions have worsened rather than improved -- for both employees and animals.

    Thank you for sharing this important update. I will be certain to have friends in the area keep me posted on specific ways I might be of help. Meanwhile, I hope those of you there WILL take the advice of some of the posts above about going to council meetings and finding other ways to make your voices heard.

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    1. Thanks for sharing and taking time to comment.

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  8. Many years ago, I worked across the street from the Shelter at Holladay/Smith Animal Hospital. The shelter at the time had a reputation of euthanizing animals for convenience. I hope that is not the case today. Texas has a law currently that states it is illegal to euthanize animals for convenience. More people need to check into these things, be prepared and go to the Florence City Council meetings to be a voice for the animals. Maybe get a group together to meet and discuss the plan of action, then elect someone to speak for the group at one of their next meetings? The old Florence Fairgrounds would be a great place to build a new shelter if someone bought the property? Or it could even possibly be built on some of the land at Deibert Park? Anyone? The men at the Florence Council will let the subject go as long as no one presses the situation.. Money is a huge concern. I have also been hearing them talking about repairing our streets that are full of potholes (especially Wood Aveenue), but nothing done yet.. Maybe some charity events like yard sales, car washes, etc. to raise money to help build a shelter? If the public showed interest, at least the Council might? Just some thoughts..

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