Thursday, January 14, 2010

Toledo Blade and Lucas County

Let me just sing the praises briefly of the Toledo Blade.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and opine that they were almost solely responsible for
a) the removal of Skeldon
b) the dramatic increase in adoptions

Pressure from Ben Konop, concerned citizens and a couple animal welfare groups helped as well.

In the last 60 days of 2009, a whopping 33% of adoptions occurred. I believe part of that had to do with posting not only the adoptable animals available but also the kill logs.

Still, Lucas County Animal Control has a long way to go. A 72% kill rate is absolutely unacceptable. The blatantly breedist kill rates are unacceptable - no way, no how should we be killing adoptable animals based on how they look. And, to be honest, the fact that Skeldon-approved employees are still running the shelter is not going to be helpful. Unless they all secretly  hated the policies set forth by Skeldon et. al., there isn't any reason to see a monumental shift in increased adoptions or better enforcement of laws (other than the silly, outdated, costly breed specific law).

We'll see how they do in 2010.

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