The Associated Press had another report recently (14 Dec) that I thought I would share with
There is actually a SHORTAGE OF ADOPTABLE DOGS in the United States!!
Do you know that there is a prison program offered by the Marin Humane Society?
Oh, I see a potential problem looming.
Perhaps the California Healthy Pet "supporters" are geographically challenged and are NOT
aware that the Marin Humane Society is located in CALIFORNIA!!
Perhaps the California Healthy Pet "supporters" are NOT aware that the Marin Humane Society
is located in NOVATO, CALIFORNIA, only 100 miles from Santa Cruz, CA, the sacred capitol of all things right with sheltering
according to Assembly Member Lloyd Levine and the coalition.
What's that? You don't remember Santa Cruz being a role model to emulate?
Just this week it was announced in Santa Cruz County that their Animal Services Authority General
Manager, Katherine Vos, was ousted! Loyal shelter workers staged a sickout. Both volunteers and employees
were AFRAID TO SPEAK TO THE MEDIA ... for fear of losing their jobs!
Why is that? What could possibly be gleaned by this change in command in Santa Cruz?
Someone wouldn't be trying to "conceal or hide" anything, would they?
In response to the article
about Katherine Vos leaving Santa
Cruz, I thought I would do a bit of my own homework. Here is some interesting information straight
from the minutes of the Santa Cruz Board meetings:
Dec 2007: It is announced that Animal Services Authority (ASA)
General Manager, Katherine Vos, will leave in January 2008. [Was it politically motivated??? ]
Let's go back.
April 2007: Newly appointed General Manager to the ASA, Katherine
Vos, is introduced to the Board.
May 2007: Lisa Carter, Executive Director of the SPCA, encouraged
the board to endorse the California Healthy
Pet Act, AB 1634. [This is the same woman who just happened to call-in to the recent KGO radio program
with Judie Mancuso. Interesting how Lisa always gets on every radio program that Ms. Mancuso is doing. To be fair,
KGO's radio host did describe Lisa as "one of her dearest friends."]
To continue setting
the record straight, the County of Santa Cruz took
over animal-control services and the bulk of sheltering in 2002 amid a FINANCIAL SCANDAL at the local SPCA. The
SPCA now serves as an advocacy and education group but does NOT handle shelters!! (see below)
Doesn't handle shelters?
At the Board meeting
in May, Ms. Carter passed out a copy of the California Healthy Pet Act and a list of sponsors and supporters. Please note the following:
BOARD ACTION: The Board recommended staff put
this item on the next agenda for a vote with a copy of the bill and a comprehensive analysis. [If Santa Cruz
has been consistently touted as Lloyd Levine's "model," then wouldn't they jump at the chance to support the bill? This
appears odd to me.]
Annette Hogue, Watsonville
Shelter Volunteer wanted to show her support for the California Healthy Pet Act, AB 1634. Sammy Ettenger,
SPCA, explained the difference in understanding of the California Healthy Pet Act, AB 1634. Lynne Achterberg, Project Purr, handed
out their newsletter. [And "still" the Board took no action to "support" the bill despite the fact that Santa
Cruz is the RECOMMENDED STATE ROLE MODEL for the California Healthy Pet Act?]
Let's look further.
June 2007: BOARD ACTION: Take no action on the bill at
this time. Board directed General Manager to draft a letter with comments in regards to Santa Cruz ordinance
verses the AB1634 bill. [Even though "supporters" were pushing AB1634 down
the throats of the Board members via feeding tube, the BOARD STILL TOOK NO ACTION!]
Sept 2007: BOARD ACTION: Accept and file report and directed the ASA General Manager to bring back to the
board an update on efforts made to decrease the euthanasia rates at the Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority Shelters.
[What's this? Santa Cruz needs to DECREASE THEIR RATE OF EUTHANASIA? Do you think Lloyd
Levine knows about this? Do you think Lloyd Levine cares? Let's go a bit further down memory lane together, shall we? Gotta set the
May 2003: On April 26, 2003 through April 28, 2003, the Santa Cruz Sentinel published an expose
of the issues surrounding the Santa Cruz SPCA and how it led to the creation of the ASA. In addition to
the SPCA article of April 26th, an article regarding the status of the ASA and it’s role in the delivery
of animal services was published. These articles have drawn considerable attention to the agency.
OOPS!! An expose?
Missing funds? Corruption? And shelter shutdown?
Sept 2003: FIELD SERVICES: In late September, with a full complement of Animal Control staff on board,
we will be refining our animal control dispatch services with a training day on the enhanced uses of our Chameleon animal
control data base system. In addition to this training, our new clerk/dispatcher will be spending a day at NetCom
learning some basic dispatch procedures that can assist us in our own operations.
[Hmmmm..... This couldn't
be the same Chameleon animal control data base system that Ed Boks, General Manager at LA Animal Services and California Healthy
Pets Act coalition member, is using, could it? Must be a coincidence. I do recall reading on a few occasions
by another well-researched blogger that Chameleon is Ed's software-of- choice for "cooking the books"! Not my choice
of words but interesting nonetheless, eh?]
Nov 2003: Accepted a report from the General Manager. Animal Control
and shelter activity has continued to increase over prior months. In addition, there has been a noticeable increase in field activity such
as animal biting incidents and barking dog complaints.
[What's this? Animal
biting incidents? I didn't think this was possible with spayed and neutered dogs according to Lloyd Levine and Judie
Mancuso. Could this possibly mean that Santa Cruz is failing in accomplishing their goal? Santa Cruz
canines nibbling on neighbors and chomping on the postman and the meter reader?]
Here is more from the Board
meeting in November 2003.
The shelter has gained in
traffic through the facility. The latter is reflected in the ASA’s increase in revenue generated in Humane Services,
which included adoptions, reclaim fees and other shelter-related activities. Staffing has consistently presented a problem
in our response to the workload created by this increase in shelter visits by the public.
[It appears then that this is a "revenue generating" bill? Is that what
Levine and Mancuso mean when they say "SAVE MONEY, SAVE LIVES"? Has Mr. Levine NOT read the part in the Santa Cruz Board meeting minutes that
staffing has consistently been presented with problems with the ADDITIONALLY CREATED WORKLOAD caused by MSN?
Isn't AB1634 the cure-all
feel-good bill of the future?]
The California Healthy
Pets website says communities will be SAFER. They drool on by informing that "Mandatory spaying and neutering will reduce
the dangers caused by roaming stray animals, the transmission of rabies, and injuries from dog bites. Unaltered dogs are three
times more likely to attack humans and other pets."
Since Santa Cruz field authorities state that there is a noticeable increase
in field activities such as animal biting incidents WITH mandatory spay/neuter, it would appear that "mandatory" spaying
and neutering is DETRIMENTAL to communities and NOT SAFER!
Must be an oversight on the California Healthy Pets website. I do hope their new blogger is reading this!
Here is a link to the
recent Santa Cruz Sentinel article "Animal Shelter Workers Protest Leader's Departure" (12 Dec 2007)
It appears the first paragraph explains things quite nicely. Workers suspected
that Katherine Vos resigned Monday "under pressure." The article also states that "workers declined to comment to
the press on Tuesday in fear of losing their positions." Some shelter
workers called in sick on Tuesday to protest a decision they said was "forced on them."
Vos, the second general manager to oversee shelters in Scotts Valley and Watsonville since the county agency was formed
in 2002, stated "I know there's been a lot of dissension about me leaving and this is not what I wanted." (The shelters house a combined 6,500 animals.)
The county took over animal-control services and the bulk of sheltering in 2002, amid
a FINANCIAL SCANDAL at the local SPCA. The SPCA now serves as an advocacy and education group but does not handle
The Animal Services Authority is governed by a board of city and county administrators
and law enforcement heads. Only one elected official, Sheriff Steve Robbins, serves on the board.
Vos has worked in animal sheltering and enforcement for more than 25 years, and is vice
president of the state Animal Control Directors Association. Before coming to Santa Cruz she worked as chief animal control officer for El Dorado County
and chief animal care officer for Sacramento Animal Care Services.
[Wouldn't you think Santa Cruz would want to keep the VP of the Animal Control Directors
Association on their payroll?]
Continuing on setting the
record straight, here is a link to an article about "Taiwanese" dogs in the State of California.
"Taiwan? There are dogs in shelters here from Taiwan? Yes,
there are. In some parts of the United States there is a shortage of adoptable dogs, not an overpopulation. Dogs
are being imported to the U.S. from Puerto Rico to as far away as Taiwan to fill shelters here so people can adopt them. It's
currently easy to import dogs into the U.S. though, as diseases like the canine version of rabies are eliminated here, more
people are worrying about the diseases that such dogs may bring with them into this country." [Thanks to Cool Dog Hall
"PRISON PROGRAM TURNS PROBLEM DOGS INTO PETS"
Last year, Melody was just another typical mongrel
from Taiwan: sharp features, pointy ears, curly tail. [please
click on above link for full text of article]
In closing, Santa Cruz MSN is a miserable failure. No "ifs", "ands"
or "buts" about it. It failed. Plain and simple. However, Lloyd Levine and Judie Mancuso are going
to continue beating a dead horse. By the way, when I asked Ms. Mancuso in October 2007 the following question, "Judie,
whose bill is this? Yours? Or Lloyd's?" Her reply was swift. "Why it is MY BILL, of course! Lloyd is busy
with his Senate campaign."
I had no idea that Ms. Mancuso was now an elected official. I must have missed that part.
The Santa Cruz shelter statistics that are being utilized by the coalition are unverifiable. Please
note that when mandatory spay/neuter was first implemented in Santa Cruz (1995-1997), sky rockets were going off. Impounds and euthanasia went through
There is NOTHING "healthy" about AB1634.
This unfunded bill will cost the State of California MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. The California Healthy Pets Act will
NOT save the state ANY money. It will NOT save lives. Thousands more dogs and cats will lose their lives
in shelter "death camps" needlessly throughout the state!
Let's kick this bill to the curb and get back to what we all love ... our companion
animals. Make 2008 the year that this legislation goes to that great big doghouse in the sky.
NOW the record has been set straight!
P.S. Please feel free to share this "record" with your Assembly Members
and Senators, with your local news media (print and radio), with your local shelters, the butcher, the baker, and the
candlestick maker. Permission to cross post is encouraged!