Sunday, March 15, 2009

What is wrong with all these Animal Control people?

Do you have to be a nincompoop to work at Animal Control (sometimes misnamed "Animal Services"), or does it just help? Some examples:

On KSL.com today: Animal Control in Providence was going door to door to check on dog licenses. Yeah, let's spend our time going after people whose dogs haven't actually caused a problem. Mayor Randy Simmons put a stop to it.

A couple of years ago, Animal Control in Tooele was doing even worse: They were going door to door and ordering people to get rid of any pets over the technical limit, regardless of whether there had been any problem or any neighbors had complained. The city council put a stop to it.

A few months ago, Animal Control in South Salt Lake left a skunk trap out in the hot sun for an entire weekend, then tried to prosecute the guy who moved the trap out of the sun.

Last year, Sandy Animal Control picked up a 17 year old deaf cat on a sidewalk near its house and, unable to tell the difference between an old deaf cat and a sick cat, immediately killed it.

Recently, West Jordan Animal Control cited a woman whose dog got out while she was visiting her mother. That was fine, but they also cited her for not having her dog licensed in West Jordan. It wasn't good enough that it was licensed in Sandy, where she lives.

A while back, another Animal Control department in Salt Lake County cited a woman for having her gate open, even though her dog was still inside the yard.

Last year, West Valley was planning to use an inhumane gas chamber to euthanize pets.

Many other tales of Utahns' experiences with Animal Control; these are just a few that we've been able to verify or that have been publicly reported. What we can't figure out is whether Animal Control workers are told to be jerky, or does it just come naturally?

4 comments:

RC said...

No V of U for two weeks . . . experiencing withdrawal symptoms . . .

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