By Stephanie “Parker County Taxpayer” Wright -
Having fostered and re-homed over 30 wonderful dogs from the shelter and as a tax payer I am ashamed and sickened at what is taking place at this shelter. Plain and simple it has been a power struggle between an ACO who has a god complex and volunteers who work countless and thankless hours giving of their hearts, souls and pocketbooks even though they have already paid once with their tax dollars.
Wherever there is corruption and control issues, the only way to clean it up is to clean house. Many of the pets I have fostered were on the euth list and the ACO practically snarled at me as I took them home to work with them and bring them back from the brink of death and they became wonderful loving and loyal pets for families all over the DFW metroplex area. We had people driving from Dallas, Lubbock, Abilene adopting from our shelter and from our foster homes because of the great reputation we had gained.
Now because of foolishness and the yearn for power, what took years to build has been dropped to it’s knees all because of foolish antics and look who pays in the end…these beautiful and loving animals who crawl on their bellies to the gate of their chain link jails, poke their paws or their noses out to beg for a few minutes of love and attention and then slink back with misery in their eyes knowing they may never see life outside of their cells again. Or you get the ones who on their first few days greet you with wild abandon, just knowing it’s their turn for a walk by the volunteer or maybe even a child is coming to take them home as their new pet. Within a few days they barely look up and hope leaves their eyes dry and lifeless because no one is coming anymore…no one to love them for just a few minutes, to offer them a few minutes of praise, a belly rub or better yet to load them into their car where they will be taken into a home, loved on and worked with to become an even better adoption candidate because of the time and training that foster mom or dad will put into them…all for them..just for them to help them to find a new home.
Parker County has a beautiful facility. It should be a showcase to other shelters in Texas, It could be still if someone would take the responsibility to make things right and stop all the BS and lies going around about the volunteers. Maybe more should be checked into on the people responsible for running the place. Why is the shelter always running out of food and basic supplies? Where do all of the donated items go when no one is looking? What ever happened to the employee there who was allegedly skimming money from funds and adoption fees that were paid in cash? Who really is in charge there? How much thought is put into which dogs will perish to make room for the new ones that constantly arrive. Why are so many vetted adoptable dogs killed a few days before an adoption event, so many that the event nearly has to be cancelled? (Please don’t play the “they were sick” card…we are not ignorant.)
Parker Paws was an extraordinary group of wonderful people and had a leader who was honest, forward thinking, compassionate and put her heart and hours upon hours of her life into making this shelter a destination for pet hunters and volunteers all over the area. She was a volunteer – hundreds upon hundreds of hours doing so much for Parker County and what does she get?
Everyone involved in causing the loss of Parker Paws should take a good long look in the mirror at themselves and know that the blood of those pets being left behind, being killed, is on their hands. It makes me sad and it makes me sick, and as a taxpayer it makes me very angry.
This letter is typical of the many letters we are receiving from Parker County Citizens, many of whom are volunteers who have first hand experience working in and around the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter. Virtually all are in total agreement that the Animal Control Officer creates a hostile environment in which to serve and to work! ParkerCountyBlog.com