Michael Steele, the Hernando Co oops-cruelty ACO who left an 8 week old kitten inside his hot truck when he went home for the weekend in June and received a day off as “punishment”, apparently did not learn anything valuable from the incident. On September 7, Mr. Steele oops-killed a dog who had only been at the pound for 2 days. The dog who was actually on the kill list had been identified by cage number but had been moved to a different cage. The new dog was in the cage marked on the kill list and since they looked somewhat similar, oops. Oh and if that’s not lame enough for you, wait right here:
[County Administrator Len] Sossamon said more attention is needed to fix day-to-day procedural issues at the shelter. Another change, which employees said they had asked [Public Safety Director Mike] Nickerson to make several times, will be to move euthanasias to the start of the day, before the public is in the shelter.
By euthanizing animals at the end of the day, “that puts a lot of pressure on folks to rush through,” Sossamon said.
Well obviously. Especially if you’ve recorded General Hospital and need to get home and watch it before all your friends call you up with spoilers. No doubt far more care can be put into the killings if they are done early in the morning. Prediction for the lede on the next oops-killing story out of Hernando Co: Employees had not yet had sufficient coffee when they began killings for the day…
Steele, who was one of the Animal Services officers slated to move over to the Sheriff’s Office in the new fiscal year, has resigned.
Mr. Nickerson faces disciplinary action over the killing. And, oddly enough, has now been directed to oversee the pound full time instead of dividing his focus between the pound and his other duties. It seems kind of like the county is rewarding him with greater responsibilities while simultaneously saying he will be disciplined for his failures. Can’t they get anyone in there who doesn’t have a proven track record of suckage? When is Hernando Co going to start taking these horrible incidents seriously?