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".