By Lenny Leatherman –
Why has virtually everyone associated with the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter, including Veterinarians and volunteers walked away in disgust?
Or, is it due to callous and or incompetent management at the “shelter” AND management at higher levels in City Government?
How long should the citizens of Parker County who care deeply about the care and treatment of helpless animals, wait for the hostile working environment at the shelter to improve to an acceptable level for all concerned – including the animals?
We are well aware of what is being done TO the animals; what is being done FOR the animals?
Question for Jerry Blaisdell and Steve Bates – what is the maximum effective range of an excuse?
How long must the courageous volunteers and others who, at their own expense in terms of time and money (for no personal gain whatsoever), wait for hollow promises to be fulfilled?
The solution is quite obvious and affordable to all who have resigned their positions at the shelter. All that is necessary to clean up that mess is for Steve Bates and Jerry Blaisdell to find the courage to replace management at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter.
You can help them find the courage by keeping unrelenting pressure on them to do the right thing. To date their actions have been akin to putting a band-aid on a sucking chest wound.
You, Blaisdell and Bates share responsibility each time an innocent puppy is executed at your animal “shelter”. Before the next execution, please ask yourself, “What was this puppy’s crime?
We know Blaisdell and Bates are not mean uncaring people, and we understand they have competing priorities that make it difficult to deal with issues like the shelter. But rest assured, this issue is not going away until reasonable steps are taken that do more than put a ‘band-aid’ on the problem. Parker County citizens and the helpless animals who have the misfortune of ending up at our shelter, deserve an efficiently run facility that treats the animals with care and uses euthanasia as a very last resort – not the first choice!
One can tour the shelter and at first glance everything appears to be clean and orderly. The same could have been said about Auschwitz!