The Hendricks County Flyer
Thu Jul 11, 2013, 05:23 PM EDT
To the Editor:
“Set your goals low enough and you will always achieve them.” This was the sarcastic advice my high school algebra teacher gave his under-performing students and it seems to be the motto of the Flyer’s reporting staff, Hendricks County Humane Society, and especially the county commissioners who oversee the operation of our animal shelter.
If we were to take at face value the recent reporting by the Flyer, animal welfare in Hendricks County is doing great. The shelter is placing animals at a rate we can be proud of. Our Humane Society is fostering and placing animals through multiple adoption events at a volume comparable to those in the other metropolitan Indianapolis counties. We are accomplishing all of this through team work and positive thinking, disregarding those who through their negativity might suggest that the above is not true.
The problem is that the above is not true. It is at best, exaggerated. The recent reorganization at the shelter shifted the Animal Control Chief and three other employees to the sheriff’s department and left four employees to work at the shelter. Animal Control has never required 50 percent of the manpower at the shelter. The commissioners have left the remaining shelter staff severely undermanned and set them up for failure.
The only way to accurately assess the performance of the shelter is to look at their placement statistics and how they compare with other area shelters. On May 29 of this year a reporter asked Commissioner Palmer for the euthanasia rate of our shelter. She said that she was not sure but thought that it was comparable to area counties.
At a recent commissioner’s meeting, Commissioner Whetstone interrupted a citizen speaker to inform her that stating the Chief Animal Control officer’s name made the discussion personal.
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