Message from Texas RPOA concerning San Antonio anti-pet ordinance

From Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Texas Outreach Crossposting is encouraged.
September 23, 2013

RPOA continues to monitor San Antonio’s Animal Care Services and the city’s
“No Kill” Initiative — which isn’t really Winograd’s No Kill Program at
all. Winograd promotes programs and services instead of anti-pet ordinances
with unintended consequences.  In 2007 San Antonio passed the most anti-pet
ordinance in the U.S. in spite of RPOA objections and this is what happens
when “animal rights extremists” rule.  San Antonio is being promoted in
other areas of Texas as the city to emulate so keep an eye on your city
animal advisory boards as they are primarily comprised of these extremists
(who don’t seem to have a real life).
Read at the newspaper link below:

Lack of animal control a public crisis

By Mary Beth Duerler, For the Express-News

Re: “City’s no-kill goal is a worthy one,” Editorial, Aug. 31:

Animal Care Services has bastardized the words “No Kill” in San Antonio by redefining them as “No Intakes” to make their stats look good. Bureaucracy at its best. Perhaps we should reconsider that label. It doesn’t appear to be in the best interests of animals on the streets or local citizens who pay taxes for all city services.

ACS directors during the past eight years have failed to “rapidly address the pressing quality-of-life issue of roaming dogs and dog bites,” as you advocate. All emphasis has been on spaying/neutering, and that’s not even the end that bites. Seven free and low-cost pet spay/neuter programs over the same period of time have not solved the “dumped dogs” problem. We’ve predicted a human fatality from a dog pack or a major rabies outbreak for years. It’s only a matter of time.

San Antonio has a public health and safety crisis, worsening daily. At the present time, there is no “animal control.” I’ve sat across the table from animal “rights” extremists for 20 years who say it is more humane to have animals roaming the streets than being impounded and killed at ACS. These extremists succeeded in getting the most anti-pet animal ordinance in the U.S. passed in 2007, which contributes to more animals being dumped on the streets. The annual $250 sellers permit, litter permit and permits to own more than three feathered friends and all other animals, including livestock, have made it even more costly to own pets in these tough economic times. So they are dumped. Our office receives their desperate calls every day.

Animal Care Services should be split into two separate city departments, moving S.A. Animal “Control” (at the Highway 151 location) back under the Health Department instead of the city manager’s office. Then let animal control officers do their jobs. Unfortunately, it’s not a Utopian world. The Brooks City ACS kennels should be closed down immediately.

The new ACS facility (by the zoo), and the $2 million ACS facility (scheduled to be built on Animal Defense League property) should be designated for pet adoptions, spay/neuter clinics and educational efforts.

For the past seven years, ACS has refused to loan out dog/cat traps, pick up any dogs and cats in all of Bexar County (unless sick, injured or biting) and charged $40 per animal to accept them at the facility — if they’ll even accept them.

Is it any wonder there is now an immediate crisis?

Mary Beth Duerler is a member of Responsible Pet Owners Alliance.


Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned  -B

~ by topcatsroar on September 23, 2013.

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