Ding dong, the witch is dead! The wicked witch is dead!
Randy Wallace, with Fox 26 news, reported that Dawn Blackmar has retired as Director of Harris County animal control…. and all over Texas rescuers, and animal lovers, are rejoicing.
A person who directed the torture and deaths of hundreds of thousands of helpless animals, during her decades long tenure, is finally gone.
This is a good day for lost and homeless animals in Harris County, Texas!
Personally, I am THRILLED that Blackmar is out. Some of the most horrific stories of abuse that I have ever heard have come from Blackmar’s vile leadership of Harris County animal control. For those who are unfamiliar with Dawn Blackmar and the House of Horrors that she ran in Harris County, please read my blog here.
Nathan Winograd also gave Blackmar his Phyllis Wright “award” for being one of the worst of the worst in the entire country; someone who epitomizes everything that is wrong with our broken animal “shelter” system. Considering the horrific shape our sheltering system is in, that is saying a lot and Blackmar beat out a lot of heinous people to win. Winograd even dedicated a page in his new book, Friendly Fire, to the atrocities at Harris County animal control.
You would be hard pressed to find a facility in the entire country with a worse reputation than Harris County animal control under Dawn Blackmar’s direction.
So, today is a good day and I am celebrating.
But we all need to remember that, even after the Harris County Attorney’s investigation confirmed that Blackmar and her employees had been committing absolutely heinous and torturous acts against helpless animals; and that she and her employees, had been breaking state humane laws for YEARS, the Harris County Commissioners did nothing. The Commissioners allowed Blackmar to keep her job for over a year, and they allowed her to retire from that job. I am assuming that she will receive a nice, fat pension from Harris County in payment for her decades of running the animal version of Auschwitz.
Folks, these are our ELECTED officials who have done nothing while humane laws were broken in the most horrific ways imaginable by county employees, and it is our tax dollars that is paying for it.
We all should remember this when we go the voting booth in November to vote for County Commissioners.
And, although we are celebrating today, if the past at other kill shelters is a guide, the Harris County Commissioners are not likely to hire someone with a better track record than Blackmar. What we have seen is city and county officials who hire the same types of people over and over again. They hire people with experience in high kill shelters who just continue the slaughter.
We cannot sit by and wait for this to happen in Harris County again.
We must tell County Commissioners that we expect them to hire someone who will allow Harris County join the other 200+ communities (and counting) who are saving 90% to 98% of all animals.
We must tell them that killing 89% of all animals is not acceptable.
We must tell them that we are voters and this matters to us.
We must continue telling them this until they do what is right, and hire a leader who is dedicated to saving lives. Only this will turn around Harris County animal control.
The contact information for your County Commissioners is listed here.
Thank you for standing up for the animals.
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