Mandatory Euthanasia at Animal Shelter
It would seem that Ferris wants to operate a "Catch ‘Em, Kill ‘Em" facility, you could hardly call it a shelter with that mindset.
I do not know what the time set for holding is in Ferris, that is generally set locally and varies by city and county. Three days is pretty much the average hold time in Texas for strays so that owners can reclaim an animal that has escaped a yard or wandered off. To then mandate that the animal be killed does not offer it any reasonable time for it to be adopted.
I would suggest that the Mayor Pro Tem/Acting City Manager sit down with Miss Clark who is a "trained" animal welfare person, along with other animal advocates in the community and work out a solution to the problem rather than writing a "Shock Factor" memo. I also would recommend that City Council have a meaningful discussion about a solution to what they see as a problem and perhaps set up a committee.
Having said all of the above, I recognize that animal welfare, as a whole, is low on the totem pole of municipalities especially in a budget crunch but there has got to be a better solution than what has been mandated that neither work in nor volunteer in the animal field.
Patt Nordyke, Executive Director
Texas Federation of
Animal Care Societies