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Re: “A Letter From Dogpatch

I now work heavily with animal rescue; I used to work at PACC.
I was forced to leave because I didn't participate in the BS that was/is so prevalent at that time. Things have improved at PACC since I was there, the pace of the improvements are much to slow. I know that many of the staff person’s still care deeply for the animals; many have taken animals home from the shelter. The conflict for many at PACC is the having to squash personal feeling and thoughts to perform a task outlined by outdated mission and goals of Pima Animal Care. If one reads the mission and goals, the center exists solely for public safety pertaining to rabies. Control the animals’ population to save the public from rabies. To begin the reform we must first demand the mission statement be expanded from solely protecting the public from rabies. (This is why the center falls under the health department by the way). With the increase of interspecies transference of diseases this may be possible. NO kill is a wonderful concept, which as a society we must dedicate ourselves to. This will mean changing opinions on sterilization and the 'oh my child should observe the birth process'. Then by all means introduce the same child to the death process. Both are part of the life cycle. The other change needs to come with the 'my dog is so perfect there should be more just like him/her so I will let him/her have/father a litter'. I would like to see the 'mobile vet van' in the poorer areas of our county daily. NOT the every now and again as is the case now. By controlling the pet population then the county could save millions by paying a small staff for the van to be somewhere daily to do FREE spay and neuters in places like Dogpatch. Then again being proactive and doing something that makes sense may not be the bureaucratic way of doing things.

The euthanizsasia process is accurate as described at the time I worked at PACC. Cats were poked through the cage because of staff safety issues. AKA the risk of being bitten by handling a wild cat were too much. The same needle was used multiple times to save on costs. The dulled needles were used to determine if the heart had stopped. And yes, that meant finding the heart with the needle until the syringe stopped moving. The dogs were no better off. Safety meant we had to muzzle each dog. One person holds the dog to ensure the safety of the person with the needle. Ever see a room laid out with over 50 dead dogs you have just help kill? NOT a good feeling.
When you feel to much you can't do the job as dictated by the bosses, as a defense you become somewhat immune to the death. To live with yourself you have to come up with reasons what you did was necessary. When I worked at PACC Mr. Silva was in charge so my opinion is not the highest of him. Dr. Lilly still cared back then, she even still had her own practice, but she seems to have hardened to the job over the years too. I would still work at PACC as I think they need as many caring people as they can get that don’t play the internal BS games. I would still work at PACC as I think they need, as many caring people as they can get that don’t play the internal BS games. I would love to be able to institute changes in the animal care that takes place there. No more hosing down kennels with animals still in them. Larger staff numbers to adequately ensure each dog that comes in is treated with perhaps the first human kindness it may have ever known. To make sure nursing and pregnant moms are not stuck in the general population to become sick and malnourished; that dog in isolation cages are given the opportunity to see daylight. Too many more changes to list here also need to be done.

On the bright side ARF provides adoption services on a volunteer basis, yeah for the volunteers! Dog walkers take dogs outside for a reprieve- all volunteers! To those going into the dismal place and volunteering their time for the animals bless you! You do make a difference too! For all the rescues taking any animal they can off the rescue only list Yeah! Make a difference offer to foster for a rescue group so they can continue to pull the un-adaptable out before they are euthanized.


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Posted by animallvr on 11/27/2009 at 11:53 AM

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