Chosen not for its uniqueness but rather for its ubiquity in the world of pet killing facilities.
Prior to the media’s arrival at the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association on Wednesday, the shelter reportedly killed a number of cats but as far as I know, refuses to disclose how many. After public outcry apparently caused KCHA to cancel its plans to kill every pet in the building following positive results on distemper tests for 2 dogs, a board meeting was held:
Thursday morning’s meeting was very emotional.
One shelter worker said the board misrepresented how many animals had been put down Wednesday in a post on Facebook. The message read 5 cats and 6 puppies had to be euthanized.
“I know that there were more than five cats put to sleep [Wednesday]. I saw them! I saw them in the back! I saw Dale throwing them in the furnace! I’m sorry but I’m not going to hold my tongue. There was a trash can full of cats!”
That isn’t the quote. That’s just to give you a little context. Read on.
Several members of the board were highly upset with posts on Facebook accusing the shelter of unsanitary conditions causing the distemper outbreak.
Karen Porter, a shelter worker for more than 20-years, says that’s just not the case.
“We don’t accept responsibility for what has occurred. It’s the public’s fault,” Porter said. “If they’d take care of what they had they wouldn’t have this problem.” [emphasis mine]
Let’s break this down. “What has occurred” is a trash can full of cats thrown into a furnace and then represented publicly as 5 cats who had panleukopenia. “What has occurred” is 2 dogs testing positive for distemper and the shelter’s plan to kill every living thing in the place in response. That’s what KCHA is not accepting responsibility for. That’s what Ms. Porter says is the public’s fault.
And note the distinction between WE – who don’t take responsibility – and THEY who don’t “take care of what they had” and now “have this problem”. THEY being the public, the taxpayers, the people providing you with a paycheck every week. THEY “have this problem” which is what, exactly? Oh yes, it’s YOU needlessly killing healthy cats you are supposed to be sheltering, throwing them into the furnace by the trash can full and then failing to tell the truth about it. It’s YOU threatening to kill healthy dogs and only stopping to reconsider when public pressure forces you to back down.
Yes, that is some problem THEY have. I hope THEY do something about it. As in, petition the county for a redress of grievances including first and foremost the failure of everyone at KCHA to do their jobs.