The city of Roswell, New Mexico, whose mayor Dennis Kintigh may be under alien mind control, has an ordinance stating that lost and homeless animals must be killed after 7 days at the shelter, regardless of how many cages sit empty. Animal advocates have called for an end to that policy but the mayor and the police chief have refused, in the most gleeful sounding ways. But now the city is planning to hire someone new to run the shelter and will begin accepting bids for the position on July 28. Major reform may be within reach:
“If they want to keep animals longer, they can,” Kintigh said.
That’s because the shelter is getting new management. The city will take applications, and rescue groups will be included.
“The idea is those that have a passion for caring for animals would step up and provide a level of care and service that those that don’t have the passion wouldn’t be able to provide,” Kintigh said.
Note the they – just one side-eye short of those people. At issue is management of the public shelter paid for by taxpayers in the city this mayor runs. Where is he coming up with this they notion? If the mayor is not invested in his own community’s shelter, why would anyone else?
As a reminder, the primary complaint is that management needlessly kills animals they have resources to shelter – because they can. It would seem that the only thing the current management has a passion for is killing animals. Regardless, the mayor’s assertion that people who don’t care passionately about animals are unable to perform the same quality of work as those who do is ludicrous. He’s giving a pass to animal killers for not doing their jobs because of some perceived lack of ability.
First off, many people who work for a living do not have a passion for bagging groceries, driving a cab, buffing floors or what have you. That’s why they call it work. We do it for a paycheck and if we want to keep those paychecks coming, we do it well. I have never worked for a boss who told me it was fine to be a total slack ass because hey, if you don’t feel it, you just don’t. Secondly, human beings have free will and can choose to feel empathy for the animals entrusted to their care. Just because management in Roswell has chosen not to do so in no way excuses the needless killing of shelter pets.
I hope Roswell is able to attract a compassionate manager for its shelter. I hope that not every decent candidate looks at the job opening and thinks they would not work for that mayor for love or money. I fear that the applicants who would think working under this ready-made-excuse-mayor sounds appealing would not be the type to buck the system and institute meaningful reform at the shelter. I also question whether the mayor is truly willing to allow for major changes. Maybe if they do their work quietly and don’t cause a fuss.
(Thanks Karen for the Open Thread link.)