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ALERT: SACRAMENTO CALIF: VIOLATES FEDERAL ANIMAL WELFARE LAW! WHOLESALE EUTHANASIA OF DOMESTIC PETS!

ALERT: SACRAMENTO CALIF: VIOLATES FEDERAL ANIMAL WELFARE LAW! WHOLESALE EUTHANASIA OF DOMESTIC PETS!

Animal Welfare Activists and Rescuers Demand:

1. Immediately ending animal neglect, cruelty and illegal killings at the Sacramento County Animal Shelter;
2. Firing Pat Claerbout, Shelter Director, who demanded animal slaughters before animals were available for reclaiming or adoption in clear violation of California and Federal Animal Welfare Law;
3. Criminally investigating and prosecuting Pat Claerbout, for felony animal abuse and the ordered killings of animals at the shelter;
4. Reinstating longstanding policy allowing not-for-profit independent animal rescuers and organizations to save from death and adopt out the shelter%u2019s animals. (This policy was unreasonably and appallingly terminated by Pat Claerbot despite the approximately 90% kill rate, displaying a clear disregard for the value of these hapless creatures%u2019 lives;)
5. Ending pound seizures, selling up to 7% of the County%u2019s shelter animals to research facilities. (The county shelter is the ONLY facility in the state that allows this despite massive outpourings of local and national protest.)

The following is excerpted from:
"Shelter Sued by Animals’ Friends
County Accused of Untimely Killing of Dogs and Cats"
written by Julian Guthrie, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, March 25, 2004
%uFFFD2004 San Francisco Chronicle

The Sacramento County Animal Shelter is illegally killing dogs and cats before they can be adopted or recovered by their owners and has not kept records on thousands of others sold for medical research, animal welfare groups assert in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Sacramento.

The suit, filed in Sacramento Superior Court, also alleges that the shelter has failed to review protocols showing how the animals are used in research under a county agreement with UC Davis and Sutter Hospital.

The agreement, approved by the Board of Supervisors in 1986, allows the sale and transfer of animals from the shelter to the research facilities but requires the county to keep an eye on how the dogs and cats are treated and used by UC Davis’ veterinary school and the medical research wing at Sutter Hospital in Sacramento.
"With the exception of records we did a public records request for in 2002, UC Davis failed to turn in any required records since the inception of the memorandum of understanding in 1986, and Sutter provided only sporadic records,” said Teri Barnato, national director of the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights. AVAR was joined in the suit by the Animal Protection Institute and In Defense of Animals.

The suit asks for attorneys fees and an end to the agreement.
Sacramento County Supervisor Illa Collin acknowledged Wednesday that "we should have been asking for yearly reports."
The Sacramento animal shelter, which takes in more than 20,000 animals a year and euthanizes more than half of them, is the only shelter in the state known to sell cats and dogs for medical research. The lawsuit is the latest attempt by animal welfare groups to end the practice called "pound seizure" and shed light on conditions at the Sacramento facility, detailed last year in a series of articles in The Chronicle.

The suit says records obtained by the plaintiffs suggest that there are problems of animal neglect and what appears to be a failure to follow federal animal welfare laws, which require dogs and cats to be held for a minimum of four business days to allow for recovery by the owner or adoption by a new owner.

The suit says records show: A domestic shorthaired cat was euthanized two days after arriving, with no explanation given; two other shorthaired cats were euthanized the day after arriving; a Labrador retriever mix was euthanized for coughing; a poodle mix named Mickey was euthanized two days after arriving.

The lawsuit is not the only bad news the shelter has gotten in recent days.

At a hearing Tuesday before the Board of Supervisors, animal rights activists presented other examples raising questions about the operation of the shelter.

They presented an e-mail from the shelter’s veterinarian, Cynthia Delany, who detailed an incident involving approximately 30 cats surrendered to the shelter. The e-mail, dated Aug. 15, 2003, was sent to a county administrator who oversees the shelter.

"Approximately 15 of these cats were severely ill,” wrote Delany, seeking advice from the administrator. "The remaining 15 cats appear to be healthy and should be offered for adoption immediately. I am now being summarily ordered by Pat Claerbout to euthanize these animals without holding them the legally required holding period.” She continued, "As a licensed veterinarian, I refuse to break the law.”

Claerbout said. "The public at large should not be getting away with turning in their animals if they don’t like it that a dog barks or a puppy isn’t housebroken."

Lisa Hockins, shelter director of Pets Unlimited in San Francisco, visited the Sacramento shelter Wednesday to look for dogs to be adopted in San Francisco. She has visited the shelter twice a month for a year and a half, taking many dogs that had  failed "temperament tests" and were scheduled to be euthanized.

"I’ve been to a lot of shelters," Hockins said. "This one is filthy. There’s frequently only one bowl of food and several dogs. The dogs are usually covered in feces and urine. It’s a difficult place to walk through."

She added, "Today I took out a female Labrador retriever who had failed a temperament test for being shy. When I saw her, she was backed into a corner by a pit bull. She was terrified. She was supposed to be euthanized this morning. When we got her out of there, she turned into a doll."

SACRAMENTO COUNTY CONTACTS
Name
Email
Telephone

District 1 Supervisor Roger Dickinson
dickinsonr@saccounty.net
916-874-5485

District 2 Supervisor Jimmie Yee
jyee@saccounty.net
916-874-5481

District 3 Supervisor Susan Peters
susanpeters@saccounty.net
916-874-5471

District 4 Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan
macglashanr@saccounty.net
916-874-5491

District 5 Supervisor Don Nottoli
nottolid@saccounty.net
916-874-5465

County Executive Steve Szalay
szalays@saccounty.net
916-874-5833

Municipal Services Agency Director
hahnp@saccounty.net
916-874-2268

Interim Shelter Director Carl Simpson
simpsonc@saccounty.net
916-875-5051

THANK YOU FOR MAKING YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Go HERE to Sign Petition

  • signatures: 129
  • signature goal: 1,000+
  • Target: Federal, State, Local Gov, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Sponsored by: s sureck, AnimalActionUSA
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November 3, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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