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Re: “State seeks custody of 700 animals

I posted the following reply in the Asheville Citizen-Times on August 31. I would like to be able to send it to the Attorney General's office also. My post: The original idea behind All Creatures was a good one...they just didn't have a long-range plan in place. There is no way this facility could take adequate care of the numbers of animals brought to them. They didn't refuse many, and all of the animals suffer. Many of these animals were brought to this facility because their owner's couldn't face taking them to the shelter knowing what would most likely happen to them. By taking the animals to a No Kill shelter, the owner's could distance themselves from the inevitable and "let someone else do it". What is the difference between "no kill" and allowing the animals to die a long and sometimes painful death? Are animal shelters regulated? If so, so should nonprofit No Kill shelters. I believe there should be definite parameters for this type of operation. Maybe there are "experts" somewhere who could determine actual square footage needed per animal and a facility could have no more than that. The facility should be able to prove ability to give adequate care, food, exercise capability, and vet care for that number of animals before they would be allowed to operate. If the facility were not allowed to take in any and all animals at any time, then maybe they'd be more willing to actively try to adopt out some of the animals before taking in more. Hang up a "no vacancy" sign until they can adopt out some of the animals. Also, if this shelter is closed down, I think the ones responsible for allowing these conditions to have continued and escalate to this point should be charged with animal neglect and animal cruelty. They've known for years they and the facility weren't capable of providing adequately for these poor animals. I would hope they would not be allowed to open another shelter anywhere without strict oversight. If they've taken in 700 animals, it is because somewhere the animals' owners accepted no responsiblity for their pets and just dumped them. By continuing to take in the animals, All Creatures is contributing to this lack of responsiblity, and in not providing adequate care they are also guilty of irresponsibility and neglect and cruelty to animals. I'm happy that the possiblity is nearer that they will be closed down.

Posted by tfj on 10/21/2007 at 10:58 AM

Re: “State seeks custody of animals—again

Yes! Yes! Yes! I surely hope the Department of Agriculture is successful in this endeavor. All Creatures should have been closed years ago. The initial idea of a no-kill shelter was a good one...evidently they just had no long range plans in place to provide adequate, humane care for these animals. There should have been a set amount of animals they would take in, provide basic and veterinarian care, and have space for housing and exercise for those animals. No additional animals should have been taken in until some of the current ones were adopted out. I hope if All Creatures is closed down that they are monitored closely and not allowed to do this again - where ever they go. At the very least, they should be charged with neglect and animal cruelty. I know lots of horror stories about that place...some first-hand, some from a previous volunteer/worker.

Posted by tfj on 10/18/2007 at 12:03 AM

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