Jessica Dawson 
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Re: “Is Oakland Animal Services Killing Too Many Dogs?

I think it is ridiculous to expect that an animal control facility - not a humane society, not an SPCA - behave in the same way. Their primary purpose is to get unwanted animals that are breeding rampantly off the streets. Wild and badly raised animals left to run (or starve) pose a huge danger to the public, not to mention add to the problem by increasing the population. Urban cities have much higer pitbull and other bully breed populations, for whom careful and loving raising is a necessity to integration into a family.

Budgets are slashed right now, and blaming this facility isn't going to change its need to kill animals. If you people are so concerned, hold fundraisers, write to your representatives, volunteer, foster dogs, start a rescue. I'd like to see how easy it is for you to re-home them (in good homes, where they won't be used to fight or bait fighters) in this economy, all while feeding them and homing them. If your response to that is "Easy!" then do it.

On another note, I adopted a rabbit from OAS over a year ago and I had to wait to adopt until surrenders were done. I sat there with two children for well over an hour as people signed over their pitbulls, german shepherd/rottweiler mixes, and several litters of puppies and kittens. And that was just a few hours of one day. It is very easy to yell about killing the animals, but so much harder to do something about it, easier to hold up a sign and protest or post anonymously on the internet than adopt, spay and neuter, donate money, volunteer.

Frankly they are better off NOT suffering as some of them obviously were - with worms, beatings, being tied in the yard, being fought, covered with fleas and ticks, and starving.

Posted by Jessica Dawson on 07/07/2010 at 12:41 PM

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