“No kill” is an admirable goal for Los Angeles County’s shelters. Reaching it is complicated.
The DACC has the ability to dramatically reduce the number of pets being euthanized. Supporting foster and bottle feeding programs, creating assistance programs to help owners keep their pets, increasing enforcement of spay/neuter and licensing regulations, utilizing existing DACC spay/neuter clinics to full capacity and maximizing the benefit of their 501(c)3 rescue partners by working cooperatively with them are all within reach. But there are still too many pets and too few homes.
Achieving no kill requires enacting and enforcing statewide spay/neuter legislation – something which has been opposed by the Republican party, the American Kennel Club and the National Rifle Association. Subsidized low cost spay/neuter clinics need to be opened and will cost taxpayers less than is currently spent running the overflowing shelters.
Laws banning puppy mills are needed, and compliance monitored. Tenants living in rental properties should have the right to have pets – the landlord should not make that decision. Legislation requiring all pets to be microchipped needs to be enacted, and fines levied against the owners of pets found as strays whether they claim their animal or not.
Then and only then will we have a realistic chance of getting to no kill. It is up to us to demand legislative changes from our elected representatives. It is also up to us to demand a higher level of leadership from the DACC.
However in the meantime we just have to demand that the DACC improves its dismal record and unfortunately the only way this is going to happen is by removing this poorly run agency’s management.
In other notes the DACC is held in such low esteem by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department that the Sheriff’s don’t even call in Animal Control to rescue dogs locked in sweltering cars at Magic Mountain. To read about this we invite you to click: www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/97868/. It amazes us that the perpetrators of this animal abuse were not even fined and got their pets back – and the DACC has not issued a press release criticizing the Sheriff Department for their poor handling of this matter.
Also the DACC has increased the rescue and adoption fees for pets altered by the agency by ten dollars per pet to cover pain medication for the altered animals. However most of the pets are released without the medication and the pets are not receiving the medication in the shelters. There is a word for being charged for services which you don’t receive, but I can’t seem to remember what it is!