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6 thoughts on “Lancaster Mayor Demands Accountability from Animal Control

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  1. “Officials noted that targeting pit bulls could…contribute to overcrowding at animal shelters, meeting minutes show.”

    So the excuse for not picking up stray animals is that they will then take up room in shelters. Why is that even an issue? It’s the purpose of the shelter to house stray animals! Are Animal Control workers that concerned about using tax payer dollars, or is it they want to appear no-kill (by not taking any dogs in the first place) to appease the Animal Rights fanatics? If the ACOs won’t do their jobs, fire them and replace them with people who will.

  2. Yes AC Ofc Cheech and AC ofc Chong thought it might harsh their mellow to pick on the pitties.

  3. PC run amok! They can’t pick up stray pit bulls because the nutters will start invoking Martin Luther King!

  4. There are several different possibilities when it comes to problems with Animal Control officers.

    One is, simple laziness and incompetence. Animal Control has always tended to have a highish number of people who don’t want to work, they just want to pick up a paycheck.

    It is a lot easier to just issue a citation than it is to actually work and pick up the dog (some Animal Control people don’t even know how to handle a dog or are afraid, and are untrained)bring it to the shelter, do the paperwork.

    Animal Control routinely has been the low department on the government totem pole, just filled with inadequacy and no supervision. Also union protections that allow incompetent people to keep working, in some cases.

    But there also has been an increase in Animal Control employees who are connected to either the breeder industry, or the fanatical No Kill movement.

    I have seen an Animal Control officer, for example, posting on a fanatical breeder forum (one that fights AGAINST animal control laws, and FOR puppy mills and dogfighting) asking these breeders to help her oppose and evade animal control laws in her district.

    This Animal Control officer bred and sold Wolf Hybrids.

    Other Animal Control people are directly involved in breeding and selling pit bulls (but then police officers and firefighters have been doing that in some areas, even arrested for dogfighting!)

    Some Animal Control people have gotten roped in by the No Kill fanatics that say to do anything other than euthanize, even let animals wander the streets.

    There needs to be close scrutiny of the people hired by Animal Control, and people need to file formal complaints when they don’t do their job.

    They also need to be reminded that in some instances the court is allowing Animal Control people to be sued directly when someone gets hurt or killed, and they have been negligent in their duties. The time may have come to increase such lawsuits or more will die.

    When people keep a close eye on how Animal Control functions in their community, and take up issues and complaints with community leaders, things can change.

  5. Or the A/C department could be infilitrated by a Jere Alexander sleeper cell who want a Bully Planet.

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