City council has never cared about this stuff. Back when people from California were buying lots, tearing down the 1200 sf houses on them and building two 4/br 4/ba 4 car garage houses on the lot, neighbors screamed bloody murder, and no one paid them any attention. Now, one lot alone can be responsible for 24-hour noise, cars coming and going, and garbage everywhere. No one was going to stop that monstrosity that is "The District" and now its too late.
The people cannot trust the council. They don't care about Tucson, just their jobs. and they keep getting re elected by their districts who don't care about Tucson as a whole. The City Council has trashed Tucson over the last decade, making bad decisions and wasting tens of millions in tax payers money.
There was a point in time, not so long before The District, that Gans had the opportunity to endorse a much smaller, owner occupied, property value boosting condo project on the same land. As the adjacent neighbor Gans was able to squash the permit to build... Hardliners get what they ask for...
Please get off the cross - we need the lumber ...
Helen: Absolutely not true that shelters do not know how to save the lives of healthy and adoptable animals. There is simply a lack of will to do it (for various reasons) and it does not cost more money to keep the animals alive--so it is not a financial issue.
If you have not checked out this website b4 I highly suggest you do so that you can become an informed advocate for homeless animals if you choose.
Tucson, in my opinion, has a wealth of people talent who have volumes of knowledge on how to still the suffering of our four legged friends without snuffing out their lives. Clearly in the sixty years that animal rescue shelters have existed, in my lifetime, they have not found a solution to bring hope, respect, and moral ethics to all shelter animals. This should not be. I suggest everyone put their thinking caps on and send their two bits of ideas to the City of Tucson until everything that has not worked is eliminated and wholesome, workable solutions are adopted.
Further proof of two things:
Most Humans are gluttonous pigs with little regard for anyone but themselves.
Bigger TVs and leather locker room benches at the UA stadium are a greater priority.
Plus, everything Tim said.
Stay in Michigan.
Steve Kozachik is the only Council member I am aware of that is very aware of this problem and is trying to something about it. Do the math, people! The cities that Pima Animal Care Center services need to make it a higher priority. This will not get better by itself! Why are so many so blind!!
Ha ha; point taken.
Spay neuter is one piece of the pie (a large piece) that affects quality of life for Tucson animals. If the city and county council members would spend some time volunteering in the local shelters, if they would witness what it is like to euthanize a healthy animal and if they would shadow an animal control person for one day to see what kinds of struggles many homeless animals experience, then my guess is the city would have plenty of money to fund low cost/free spay neuter.
The TUSD board would probably do a better job if more of the current board members were not physically present.
Education is the key. Spay/neuter is cheap at some places. It's just people not doing it.
City should be fixing our roads which are rapidly turning into cow pastures.
Bigger budgets, better programs, good-hearted fosters, donations, nothing seems to stem the tide of our four legged friends flooding the shelters where half are getting killed. Low cost clinics and options already exist and are probably operating at their max. Yes, spay and neuter, folks, but clearly the message is being ignored or maybe not even heard at all by way too many. How do we educate the public? How do we stem this tide? At a minimum, the city should be forking over the extra $3.00 on licensing fees it is collecting.
It's time for Tucson and Pima County to have free spay and neutering available. Great article, Tim!
Horse and dog racing are barbaric "sports" that mistreat animals so that people can be "entertained" and money can be made. Shut the whole damn thing down, give the greyhounds to a reputable greyhound rescue who will find them good homes and the dogs can finally live the rest of their lives with humans that love and appreciate them.
I lived in Tucson in the late 80's and early 90's and even then, 2 decades ago, greyhound dog racing was a seedy industry and animal advocates were figuring this out. This is a dark side of Tucson and the citizens of AZ need to outlaw this horrendous and cruel exploitation of dogs.
I feel that the name should be changed back to "Pima Animal Control Center", verses "Pima Animal Care Center". The name is misleading, there is no care at PACC. There are many animals in need of minor vet care, possibly a tooth that is hurting that needs to be pulled or maybe simple antibiotics to address an infection or a wound, or in some cases they can barely walk because their nails are too long. Some of the animals are way too thin and need extra meals, but instead they waste away to nothing because they do not get the extra food needed. These issues do not get addressed and the animals sit in their kennels/cages for weeks or maybe months suffering waiting to be rescued or possibly euthanized in the end. In my opinion, the existing vet needs to move on so that a true vet who is willing to practice medicine can be brought in. There are always excuses for everything, the nail trims for example don't cost a thing! Not only would this make the animals more comfortable it would be a great way to show their concern for the volunteers who currently get scratched and cut up from the long nails. With all this being said, I do agree that PACC is understaffed and that much more funding is needed. But until this happens why can't a few more ADC guys come in to ensure that skinny dogs are getting fed properly and to make sure that all of the animals have water and to make sure that all the animals are comfortable and have bedding. Just the simple things that would make a huge difference to the animals in their care. Thank god for the volunteers who try to fill these roles, but sadly they are all busy as well and don't always have the time available to ensure that proper care is being provided. As far as the enforcement staff goes, hats off to them for having to deal with the public and the horrific things they see out in the field. I can't even imagine how emotionally draining and overwhelming this job must be. And come on Tucson, lets help them out, load them up in the car and bring them to PACC when possible, find a friend to help you, do what you can to keep our animals safe and off of the streets. Tucson is huge and there are many irresponsible people out there, no matter how many officers PACC has, it will never be enough!!
There are are some hardworking staff there, but there is no management, PACC could absolutely use more money, a bigger, state of the art shelter. Hopefully the county will use some bond money to get that to happen, It could be the nicest shelter in the state BUT someone has to manage it.
The morale there is very low, its hard to find a happy welcoming face. Its now effecting volunteers. Sadly they are the ones that make life better for the pets.
The clinic vet has always been a huge problem, some pets cant even get basic care for simple issues.
Things that need to be fixed or the things that were going to be and still havent been, well that list is long. Feeling hopeless about any change though.
Thanks again to your article and to the staff and volunteers you do all they can despite the circumstances!
Tim, PLEASE, PLEASE keep following up on this story. Someone has to help push for change! Without some very dedicated volunteers, you can't image how bad it would be! The horrible LACK of management to even basics services like food, water, blankets, to the animals is appalling and has to change and NOW. So many volunteers want to quit because of the mismanagement and the only thing that keeps them coming back is their love of the animals. Their need your help!
'Grand Canyon University' and 'quality education' don't go in the same sentence!
Or on the same page. Or ... anywhere.
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