by Judith Fairly - I have spoken with eyewitnesses to abuse of power at the shelter by Dianne Daniels, to those who have first-hand knowledge of shelter staff stealing food and other donated goods, of shelter staff playing games on their computers, never knowing what animals were in the kennels or interacting with any of those in the shelter’s “care” (and I use that term loosely), of a shelter employee forging the vet’s signature for prescription drugs. They saw shelter employees shut down early when there were people wanting to adopt animals. I am quite certain that Barbara Pursley would be willing to testify that Dianne Daniels told her that she killed — NOT “humanely euthanized” — those puppies before Christmas to “assert her authority” at the shelter.
by Lenny Leatherman -
The Humane Society of the United States states on their website that:
“In the 1970s, American shelters euthanized 12-20 million dogs and cats, at a time when there were 67 million pets in homes. Today, shelters euthanize around 4 million animals, while there are more than 135 million dogs and cats in homes. This enormous decline in euthanasia numbers—from around 25 percent of American dogs and cats euthanized every year to about 3 percent—represents substantial progress. We will make still greater progress by working together to strike at the roots of animal overpopulation.”
How does the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter’s kill rate compare to the national average? That’s not an easy question to answer without knowing precisely how the Humane Society made their calculations.
However, facts are stubborn things! And a fact that is seared into my mind that I cannot move past, is that we have people working for the city who can slaughter 30 to 40 helpless adoption ready puppies at one time and act as if all is well at the “shelter”.
I cannot look the other way and pretend that ‘all is well’ when it’s obviously not! We have a serious problem that cannot solve itself, and playing a ‘shell game’ with employees does nothing but exacerbate the problem and infuriate the public!
by Judith Fairly -
When I read about the crisis at the animal shelter back in January,I called City Manager Jerry Blaisdell and Steve Bates, who was then Director of the shelter. I asked what I could do to help. Both of them advised me to become a shelter volunteer.
That was almost 3 months ago. In the interim, the volunteer program was abruptly canceled. Rescue groups were told they couldn’t photograph animals at the shelter in order to network them. Volunteers who have given generous amounts of their time and money over the past six years were no longer welcome.
Blaisdell serves ” at the pleasure of the City Council”……..my evaluation of this whole sordid situation is – Blaisdell should resign, just ahead of City Council firing him.
I do not say this lightly.
I have spoken with many well-informed citizens on the shelter issues . The buck stops with Blaisdell, his assistant, (and I understand Steve Bates has been reassigned (?).
If you are/were a volunteer at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal “Shelter”, and have credible verifiable first-hand information relative to the horrendous treatment of animals at the facility, we want to hear from you. Please help us ensure that those who were responsible for the deliberate killing of 30+ adoptable puppies are held accountable for their actions, and that such despicable acts NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!
Harry Wilfer, March 22, 2012 –
Until ALL of the incompetent and uncaring politicians in this city AND county are replaced not a single thing will be resolved. As a former volunteer, I (as well as all of the volunteers) have been misled, delayed, sweet-talked and outright lied to by those in charge. When we asked why volunteers could not continue serving while the program was restructured our questions were met with political “double-speak.” Since January of this year I have not heard one clear and honest statement from anyone drawing a government paycheck. I have sent emails, OK angry emails, to the mayor and city council (lower case intentional due to lack of respect) and county officials. Replies? Phone calls from 2 city council members and the assistant city manager – to whom I did NOT sent an email. NO response from the mayor, other council members and none from a single county official. That’s a pretty accurate representation of smug officials with “untouchable” mentalities!
UPDATE March 21, 2012 – The webpage to which I referred yesterday, March 20th has been taken down and is no longer visible – no doubt a coincidence!
No need to trouble “shelter” management with pesky things like facts! After all, out of site out of mind – right? What the public can’t see, the public won’t question – right?
Folks, don’t be fooled and don’t be quite!
That’s YOUR shelter and the city and county “officials” work for YOU! As long as they are spending YOUR taxes and drawing a paycheck paid for by YOU the taxpayer, they are answerable to YOU.
Election day is REPORT CARD day. Animal shelter management and employees are ultimately accountable to an elected official. You may not be able to directly influence change at the shelter, but you can fire city council members with your vote. And I believe that is the appropriate place to start.
by Michelle “ex-parker paws volunteer” Kays –
If the average citizen visits the municipal (i.e.; tax-payer funded) Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter and sees a cute dog or cat they’re interested in, they’re likely to use their cell phone to take a photo to share with their friends and perhaps post on a social media site. So why are volunteers stopped by shelter staff and told they can’t photograph adoptable pets at the shelter and share on Facebook for potential adopters? This seems like harrassment, unless they’ve started a new policy of collecting all cell phones and cameras from visitors to the shelter. What exactly is their Mission Statement? Why wouldn’t a shelter’s mission statement include encouraging adoptions for the homeless pets? Shelters across the U.S. are posting their dogs in hopes of them making it out alive….why is this shelter so opposed to it……what are they afraid of?
Incidentally, don’t go to the Weatherford/Parker County Animal “Shelter” with thoughts of adopting any of these cute little puppies. These adoption ready puppies were part of the 30+ puppies that were killed at the animal “shelter” days before Christmas. Why were they killed? Was it because:
by Michelle “ex-parker paws volunteer” Kays –
We know from history that the animal shelter is the last to get a boost……if it is a choice between the library or the shelter, the library will win……..they have crazy long hours:
Monday – Thursday
10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday – Saturday
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
And the shelter closes at 4pm, about an hour or more before anyone gets off work, doesn’t open at all on Sunday and Monday…..
So if someone wants to go check out a book they have 7 days a week and well into the evening…..if they want to go save a life and adopt a new family member they have to take off work………oh and if a holiday falls on a Monday? They close that Saturday…..why not Tuesday?
By Lee Ann Adams
On February 1st, a meeting is being held by Steve Bates, the director of the animal shelter, to recruit new volunteers to replace the Parker Paws volunteers. He and the shelter management have some measure of CONTROL over volunteers, and I think that’s why he’s try to corral all of us who want to see changes at the shelter into that category.
Here are a few things I’ve heard about how things are done at the shelter.
Steve Bates had a meeting with several Parker Paws volunteers last week. During that meeting, someone mentioned that the Plano shelter could take some of the Weatherford shelter’s dogs. One of the former Parker Paws volunteers said she would drive the dogs to Plano. Steve Bates told her they didn’t need her, that the shelter employees would take the dogs — but he said he wanted to see if this volunteer was a “talker” or a “doer.”