Houston, TX – Over the past year, I have written several times regarding the horrific activities and sky high kill rates that have been a constant at Harris County animal control, under the direction of Dawn Blackmar. After much negative news publicity and many complaints from the public, the Harris County Attorney, Vince Ryan, performed an 8 month investigation and produced a report which confirmed that the complaints were true.
The report confirmed that Harris County animal control has been breaking state humane and shelter laws for a number of years.
The report also confirmed that Harris County animal control has a shocking 83% KILL rate!
Yet, more than 6 months after the Harris CountyAttorney’s report was issued, there have been no repercussions to those employees who broke the law. None.
The Harris County Commissioners’ Court did not fire or even reprimand the county employees.
The Harris CountyAttorneydid not fire or reprimand county employees, nor did he even recommend that they be reprimanded in his report.
The Harris County District Attorney has not filed criminal charges against those employees who have broken the law and treated animals inhumanely.
Absolutely nothing has happened. Harris County officials are trying to sweep it under the rug.
It is clear that the people running Harris County animal control, and the elected officials running our county, will not voluntarily make the changes necessary to stop the inhumane treatment and mass slaughter at Harris County animal control.
It is abundantly clear that, if we want changes in our shelter system, it will be up to us to force those changes. That means making sure that Harris County has leadership dedicated to saving lives. We have the power to accomplish this with our VOTES.
Therefore, No Kill Texas Advocates is considering organizing a Candidate Forum for the Harris County candidates who are ultimately responsible for Harris County animal control. (The elections are in November, 2012.)
This would be an opportunity for you, a voter with the power to makes changes, to listen to the candidates and decide if they represent your values.
This would also be an opportunity for the candidates to see just how many people care about this issue and who will use their votes to make positive changes.
But, before we move forward and organize a Candidate Forum, I want to see how many people would be interested.
So, I am asking all animal lovers who are eligible to vote in Harris County to answer the below poll question. Note: The Candidate Forum would take place on a weekday evening after most people get off work.