I know Trissy Coppens, She has a big heart, but she just didn't know how to direct her passion. She found a tick on a dog and wanted the vet to examine the dog instead of just applying the tick treatment. This took the vets time away from the animals that urgently needed her attention. I believe in her heart Trissy believes what she said about the animals at PACC is true, but in reality, Ending an animals suffering is a priority. No one that works at PACC is heartless enough to allow an animal to sit and suffer for long periods of time. Every one of us would report that kind of treatment if it was being done. Lord knows were not working there for the bragging rights. Were overworked and understaffed. It's long hours in the heat of summer, under mobile homes, in the mud and monsoons. We meet the worst of the worst of the human kind. Were working there because we do love the animals and we want to do right by them.
PACC does need help. It's all political, everything that happens there is for one political reason or another. We need more shelter staff, four on a shift is not nearly enough. The National Animal Control Association evaluated the shelter and suggested that 17 staff members were needed per shift in the shelter to be efficient, and that was many years ago when our animal population was half of what it is now. More administration is hired instead. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. It's sad, no money for equipment and supplies but lets hire someone to push more papers. And we definitely need more than one veterinarian to keep up with the cases the officers are working, as well as the sick and injured the public bring in. Were not perfect, and we never will be. There is no possible way to please all the people all the time. But the treatment Trissy Coppens is describing is simply not an accurate assessment of what goes on at PACC. Maybe that is how she interpret a particular situation, I don't know. I do know that if I ever see something like what she described, I would be reporting not only to my supervisor, but to theirs and up and up until something was done. Were not popular by any means, were doing our jobs. Doing what we love, helping, saving and rescuing the animals and holding the owners, and abusers responsible.
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