Help take action for shelter reform

According to breed descriptions, the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog. Breed standard height can range between six and ten inches, and some have grown as tall as 12 to 15 inches. Breed standard weight can be between two to six pounds.

This dog was listed as a Chihuahua mix. Besides abusive handling and a blatant disregard for her life, she was networked less than 24 hours by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC), than killed.

MCACC has maintained around a 50% kill rate for many years, kills despite empty kennels, kills despite proven, national success, and blatantly wastes at least $2,438,000 taxpayer dollars annually to needlessly kill animals. There are over 50 open-admission shelters across the nation who are saving at an upwards of 90% of their shelter animals. www.no-killnews.com

Killing is an act of violence, not an act of love. Shelter leadership at MCACC refuses to put an end to needless shelter killings, clings to the status quo, deflects accountability and responsibility, and blatantly wastes taxpayer dollars.

This is YOUR shelter leader, Maricopa County residents. The one that blames YOU for the killings.

Contact the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and County Manager to let them know you want YOUR shelter on the map to No Kill success. There is a proven, plan of action – the No Kill Equation – that you want rigorously implemented in YOUR shelter effective immediately.

Please feel free to utilize this letter. If you would like to personalize, please keep comments professional.

Dear Mr. Chairman, Members of the Board,

According to breed description, the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog. Breed standard height can range between six and ten inches, and some have grown as tall as 12 to 15 inches. Breed standard weight can be between two to six pounds.

This dog was listed as a Chihuahua mix. Besides abusive handling and a blatant disregard for her life, she was networked less than 24 hours by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC), and then killed.

You have been provided with the tools on how to put an end to systematic shelter killings. Not only is it inhumane and cruel to needlessly kill despite national, proven success, it is a blatant waste of taxpayer dollars.

MCACC has a per capita intake rate of 12 animals/1,000 people, which is below the national average. There are over 50 open-admission shelters across the nation saving at an upwards of 90% of their shelter animals. Many of these shelters have per capita rates two to three times that of MCACC, with populations from four to ten times less than that of Maricopa County, yet they are saving at an upwards of 90% of their shelter animals. www.no-killnews.com

The success or failure of any shelter stems directly from shelter leadership. MCACC has maintained around a 50% kill rate for many years. MCACC leadership has led you to believe there needs to be community collaboration with all the shelters to increase lifesaving, which is nothing more than a deflection of MCACC’s accountability and responsibility.

MCACC is needlessly killing animals. MCACC kills despite empty kennels. MCACC kills despite rescue groups willing to save lives. MCACC kills despite proven, national success. Killing is an act of violence. Our tax dollars are supporting these inhumane and cruel acts of violence.

MCACC is The People’s shelter, and we want our government agency to reflect our values. We the People want our shelter on the map to No Kill success effective immediately.

It is time for change in our community. It is time to reject the failed philosophies and poor performance of the past. It is time to end the killings in our shelter.

Thank you.

Fulton Brock – fbrock@mail.maricopa.gov
Mary Rose Wilcox – mrwilcox@mail.maricopa.gov

 

Snail mail:

301 W Jefferson, 10th floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003

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