Houston, TX – Last year, I wrote about Councilman Boykins’ plan to pay $50,000 to BARC (Houston’s animal control) for BARC to work overtime doing “sweeps” in his District. Of course, we knew this would mean more death to more pets at BARC.
Many people called and wrote Boykins and asked him to consider non-lethal options instead, but he refused to listen.
One of Boykins’ staffers wrote me claiming “Please be advised that the allocated funds will cover the costs to intake an animal, care for it at BARC for the average length of stay, market it and find a live release home for it. The cost is approximately $180 – $200/per animal for these services, thus allowing the animal control officers to pick-up and secure the adoption of approximately 250 – 270 dogs. Adoption is an integral part of this initiative and our office is not advocating, nor supporting any lethal solutions.”
But BARC killed 7,715 pets in 2015 alone, so everyone knew that BARC leadership would not require that his employees work harder to get these additional pets adopted, and Boykins did not require that BARC use his $50,000 to save those lives. Boykins just wanted the pets picked up. He didn’t care what happened to them.
Anyone familiar with BARC knew that these sweeps would result in mass slaughter, and we were right.
The kennel cards of those pets picked during Boykins’ “$50,000 sweep” show that, of the 224 pets picked up , 74 pets were killed by BARC. 10 kennel cards do not list an outcome, so I would bet that those pets were killed as well. If those animals had been adopted out or sent to rescue, there would like be notations about it.
The above equals a 33% to 37.5% KILL RATE. And, of course, that does not include the pets, that were already at BARC, and who were killed to make room for the increased intakes.
The kennel cards for the animals picked up in Boykins’ $50,000 sweeps are posted here.
The pictures of the dogs and cat that BARC killed are posted below. These are pets that Boykins paid BARC to kill. And BARC leadership was happy to oblige because they did nothing differently to make sure that these pets made it out alive.
It breaks my heart to look into all the faces that Councilman Boykins paid BARC to kill.
Remember, your tax dollars were used to kill these pets, instead of being used to save them. Demand better than this from your elected officials. Demand that the mayor require BARC to comprehensively implement all of the programs of the No Kill model of sheltering.
From No Kill Houston: “To the animal lovers who want to help us help shelter pets in Houston, we need you SPEAK OUT in mass. We do not want to see a repeat of Councilman Boykins’ & BARC’s $50,000 killing spree before the Super Bowl.
We have made it very easy for animal lovers to SPEAK OUT for shelter pets by contacting the mayor and city council. We have programmed a link on our web page that will open a pre-addressed, pre-written email to all.
Here is the link. http://bit.ly/2iIvdXC Please use it then SHARE. Make this go VIRAL.
If people prefer to call, write a letter or fax the mayor and city council, we also have all contact information listed here: http://bit.ly/1twjKi3
We have big plans for this year but we need more animal lovers speaking out with us. Thank you.”
February – 27 pets killed by BARC. 5 with unknown or incomplete kennel cards, presumed killed.
March – 28 pets killed by BARC. 4 pets with unknown or incomplete kennel cards, presumed killed.
April – 19 pets killed by BARC. 1 with unknown or incomplete kennel cards, presumed killed.
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