Message for TX-RPOA -“ACS fostering article alarming.”

RPOA encourages members to send newspapers commentaries and
letters-to-editors regarding all animal issues.  We offer our extensive
animal expertise as a community service and strive to keep facts on the
table.  A reasonable voice in the midst of the animal “rights” propaganda
machine!  Thanks to San Antonio Express-News for publishing our “Another
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“ACS fostering article alarming.”
By Mary Beth Duerler, For the Express-News
December 6, 2013
SAN ANTONIO – Re: “Fostering gets animals off streets, into homes,”
(Front Page, December 2)

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance finds the article on fostering dogs from
Animal Care Services (ACS) to be alarming. A family with great intentions,
but it includes three children under age 10 and three large dogs. The
picture of a 2-year-old holding Ty, their personal rescued/adopted dog, by
the collar (almost nose to her nose) is a disaster waiting to happen.

To most dogs (especially males), staring directly into their eyes at close
range is a challenge; so it is a natural reaction for the dog to bite a
child in the face. These are animals and not “little people in fur coats.”

There is a tremendous liability for the city here. ACS recently declared
“Buddy,” beloved pet of an elderly gentlemen, to be a dangerous dog on death
row for a similar situation where a child provoked the attack, a point
supported by an affidavit from a couple in the neighborhood.

Reportedly, Ty has had distemper, described as a virus that affects his
respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological systems, and will receive
medication twice daily forever. Muscles on his scalp constantly pulse, jaws
never stop chomping and Ty has broken teeth from having violent seizures.

Not the perfect pet for three small children – in addition to the fact that
three large dogs constitute a “pack” in the dog world. We can’t save every
animal at ACS.

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance has been in the trenches dealing with San
Antonio’s animal problems for 23 years, attempting to keep the truth on the
table in order to solve problems. Cats are now exempt from most ordinance
provisions and protected with licensed Feral Cat Colonies, so do the math.
ACS doesn’t pick up animals anymore unless sick, injured or biting; doesn’t
loan out traps; nor cover any of Bexar County as before. It’s all a shell
game with ACS, and they never mention that animals “must” be confined to
their owner’s property in the city! A really novel idea.

Mary Beth Duerler is executive director of the Responsible Pet Owners


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

~ by topcatsroar on December 8, 2013.

One Response to “Message for TX-RPOA -“ACS fostering article alarming.””

  1. Kudos! to all involved in getting the real facts out to the public. At least some folks will get the idea. So many of these animals are diseased and with problematic temperaments and the shelter and rescue folks “adopting/selling” them to the unknowing public should be treated with no less penalty than a person selling a switchblade knife or gun to a child. The idea behind the sale or adoption is similar in the fact that the safety of the receiving person/family/associates are put at risk. Even when told how to care for a distempered animal, unexperienced people have NO FREAkin’ IDEA what they are getting into…..Go TX_RPOA and TOP CAT for getting the word out and thank you also to Mary Beth Dueller and the Express News.

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