San Bernardino City Animal Shelter – Update 2

San Bernardino City Animal Control/Shelter

by Diane Robertson Updated 10/15/2013

San Bernardino City Animal Services has been in the news and lighting-up Facebook with charges of abuse and corruption.  Plenty of accusations and people trying to figure out how to improve operations at the shelter.  In this update, I finally found what appears to be some real news reporting on the situation, with sources cited from City Council and Sheriff’s department as well as others.

Press Coverage

Following is news media coverage about the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter #SBC

SBSun.com | October 11, 2013 | Fundraiser for SB City Shelter

Examiner.com | October 3, 2013 | Article Titled:  More Allegations of Abuse at the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter

The Sun.com | 09/17/2013 | Article Titled:  San Bernardino City Animal Shelter Target of Complaints

Examiner.com | September 6, 2013 | Article Titled:  San Bernardino City Shelter retaliate against potential whistleblower http://www.examiner.com/article/san-bernardino-city-shelter-retaliates-against-potential-whistleblower

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bsudiane.wordpress.com | August 23, 2013 | Blog Post Stop the Killing https://bsudiane.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/stop-the-killing/

bsudiane.wordpress.com | August 21, 2013 | Blog Post Animal Advocates Plan Lawsuit Against San Bernardino City Animal Shelter for Abuse and Corruption https://bsudiane.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/animal-advocates-plan-lawsuit-against-san-bernardino-city-animal-shelter-for-abuse-and-corruption/

Examiner.com | August 18, 2013 | Article Titled:  New horrific allegations surrounding the San Bernardino City animal shelter
Examiner.com | August 18, 2013 | Article Titled:  Demand injured Yorkie is seen by vet at the San Bernardino City animal shelter
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The Sun News | July 28, 2013 | Article Titled:  San Bernardino City Animal Shelter quarantine sparks criticism |http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20130729/san-bernardino-city-animal-shelter-quarantine-sparks-criticism

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San Bernardino City Animal Shelter – Update 1

San Bernardino City Animal Control/Shelter

by Diane Robertson Updated 09/18/2013

San Bernardino City Animal Services has been in the news and lighting-up Facebook with charges of abuse and corruption.  Plenty of accusations and people trying to figure out how to improve operations at the shelter.  In this update, I finally found what appears to be some real news reporting on the situation, with sources cited from City Council and Sheriff’s department as well as others.

Press Coverage

Following is news media coverage about the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter #SBC

The Sun.com | 09/17/2013 | Article Titled:  San Bernardino City Animal Shelter Target of Complaints

Examiner.com | September 6, 2013 | Article Titled:  San Bernardino City Shelter retaliate against potential whistleblower http://www.examiner.com/article/san-bernardino-city-shelter-retaliates-against-potential-whistleblower

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bsudiane.wordpress.com | August 23, 2013 | Blog Post Stop the Killing https://bsudiane.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/stop-the-killing/

bsudiane.wordpress.com | August 21, 2013 | Blog Post Animal Advocates Plan Lawsuit Against San Bernardino City Animal Shelter for Abuse and Corruption https://bsudiane.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/animal-advocates-plan-lawsuit-against-san-bernardino-city-animal-shelter-for-abuse-and-corruption/

Examiner.com | August 18, 2013 | Article Titled:  New horrific allegations surrounding the San Bernardino City animal shelter
Examiner.com | August 18, 2013 | Article Titled:  Demand injured Yorkie is seen by vet at the San Bernardino City animal shelter
SanBernardinoCityShelterInjuredYorkie

The Sun News | July 28, 2013 | Article Titled:  San Bernardino City Animal Shelter quarantine sparks criticism |http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20130729/san-bernardino-city-animal-shelter-quarantine-sparks-criticism

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Animal Advocates Plan Lawsuit Against San Bernardino City Animal Shelter for Abuse and Corruption

Printed From http://www.youcaring.com/other/san-bernardino-animal-shelters-malpractice-legal-campaign-/82930

Press Release

The San Bernardino City Slaughterhouse

August 21 2013

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Many of the unsuspecting citizens of San Bernardino are unaware of the horrors that have unfolded at San Bernardino City Animal shelter, Southern California, which is run with their hard earned dollars, as tax payers. The citizens of San Bernardino would shudder to learn of the animal abuse, neglect, and corruption which persists, in addition to the 74.6% euthanization rate and 37 animals euthanized on a typical day*.

On August 19, a small group of dedicated animal advocates attended the San Bernardino City Council meeting to raise some of these issues in person with the Council.  This is because fervent efforts to raise these issues in writing had been fruitless, as Maria Sanchez, explained; “I’m sure you have all received my emails over the last few months.  I haven’t gotten any responses, there hasn’t been any improvements and I really don’t know what else to do.”

The dire situation at San Bernardino City Animal Shelter was summarized by Mike Levitt in a compelling speech to the Council:

“We are not animal extremists, we are professionals.  We are not the kind of people that throw red paint on people that wear fur.  I’m really disappointed in each and every one of you for the non response to the emails.  We have sat here for 4 hours listening to things like ice cream socials and chamber of commerce, but I’m here to ask you, what about the soul of San Bernardino, where is your moral and ethical compass?  How can you read these emails and just be nonresponsive?

I want to explain something to you.  In the world of rescue, it’s no longer a local community effort, because of social media, it’s a nationwide effort.  Your shelter, your slaughterhouse, is an example to thousands of people across the country of how horrible shelters are.   We all wish shelters were non kill and we understand the fact that there is an overpopulation of pets, but the fact remains that there are shelters that are held to a higher standard that work with rescues to do everything possible to get these dogs adopted, and that’s simply not the case at your shelter, and you should be embarrassed.

The shelter is run by lazy, complacent, and I’d even go so far as to say some of the individuals who are sociopathic.   You have a crisis on your hands and I’m here to tell you that the rescue community is mobilizing, with very well established producers from LA, animal rights attorneys, investigative reporters, and people from other counties coming together to focus on your shelter; all eyes are on the shelter of San Bernardino City.

We want you willingly to take a look and say its time for reform at your shelter.  We’re here to ask you to put these issues on the agenda so we can have more detailed discussions and please give us the opportunity to give suggestions.”

Miss Sanchez, who often frequents the shelter daily, provided a dossier of evidence of instances of malpractice at the shelter.

Animals are killed despite rescues notifying the shelter that they are committed to taking them.

An adoptable German Shepherd / Labrador mix puppy (ID# 449816), at just 3 months old, was euthanized on July 20, despite START rescue speaking directly with shelter supervisor Ryan Long multiple times to express their commitment to rescuing this pup prior to the time of euthanization (including the previous day).

Dogs are euthanized before their legal hold period has expired, for example, two pitbulls named Combat (ID#A446861) and Shakira (ID#A446862), labeled as aggressive, were euthanized on 29 May, 2 days prior to their legal hold period ending.   This is despite a seemingly friendly disposition to both people and dogs captured on film by Miss Sanchez.

Another example is Bronx, (ID#A450802), a 1 year old Doberman / Pinscher who was euthanized within 10 minutes of owner surrender.  The owner claimed that the dog was aggressive, however, this is in contrast to this video which shows a healthy, friendly, adoptable young dog.  This is believed to be an illegal act as per California Food and Agricultural code section 31754 (a); this dog was legally entitled to the full holding period.

Andrea Neyses, who photographs the San Bernardino City Shelter animals 3-4 times a week, also spoke up at the meeting about her concerns regarding the cleanliness and level of disease at the shelter.  She stated; “The shelter is filthy.  We have offered to clean the kennels, but the staff think they are clean.  I don’t think it’s the staffs problem, I think it’s the supervision, the people that are running it, they’re not making them do it.”

Miss Neyses witnessed 4 terrier puppies thrust into a kennel which, just 3 hours prior, housed a puppy with deadly and contagious Parvovirus.  The kennel had been hosed down only, when a thorough scrubbing with bleach was warranted in order to curtail the disease.

Miss Neyses also told that dogs needing veterinary attention and treatment are often neglected, for example, dogs with open wounds and flies and maggots infested, and dogs left covered in ticks.

In addition, in June, puppies with Demodex Mange, an uncomfortable skin condition, were left untreated for 5 days (when application of an inexpensive cream would have helped the symptoms), despite persistent encouragement from Andrea.

Lisa Michelle Corona also gave an emotional account of how the six month old puppy she adopted from San Bernardino City shelter on June 22 2013, who mysteriously went missing for 2 days whilst at the shelter, was diagnosed by a vet immediately upon leaving the shelter as having being sodomized by something “the size of a cucumber”.  However the shelter records described the dog as “normal”. This case is now being investigated by Detective Luna of San Bernardino Police Department.

Malpractice at the shelter dates back to over three years ago.  An ex shelter worker, who wishes to remain anonymous publicly, has shared how she witnessed:

  • Small dogs hung from leashes
  • Animals hit kicked and punched
  • Animals killed under the guise of being sick, when they were actually healthy and adoptable (a practice which is believed to persist)
  • Animals given a third of the required euthanization drugs, suffering a slow death
  • Euthanization drugs being administered by a Vet Tech without a license for several years.

The ex shelter worker stated; ”Dogs with parvo and distemper were left in kennels to die for a lack of euth and tranq.  Dogs were/are hidden in the back rooms on intake with no pics so they can PTS them on intake. When there are too many cats they lie and say they have a communicable disease and PTS them all before the 4 day hold.”

In her words, “One of my friends was a staff member that PTS animals. I was there many times 7 days a week some times 10 hour days.  She told me and I verified and proved it that the RVT had no license and had not had a license for over 10 years!  What that meant is that Euth. and Tranq. could not be ordered onsite or administered without a licensed RVT. So the vet that does the spay and neutering was ordering them but of course he couldn’t account for all that extra and he was not onsite.  So if a pit bull needed 3cc of Euth. The staff where told to give the animal only 1 cc and let the dog die a slow death on the floor.”

The ex shelter worker who has now spoken out about what she witnessed was fired three years ago when the state licensing board was eventually contacted.  At least one member of staff who allegedly actively participated in this abuse and wrongdoing, Leslie Walker, is thought to be still working at the shelter today.  The shelter manager at the time, Sue Hoak, who is alleged to be aware of the aforementioned practices, retired gracefully.  Our understanding is that no action was taken against the alleged offenders. This is testament to the corruption that appears to allow endless atrocities to go without consequence at San Bernardino City Animal Shelter.

The Council has yet to make a commitment to add the issues raised to the agenda of a future meeting, however, during the meeting, James Penman, the City of San Bernardino Attorney, compared the shelter to “Auschwitz”.  In addition, the City Manager agreed to “take a look at” the option of use of a contractor, possibly a not for profit, in overseeing the shelter, rather than the Police force which is the current arrangement.

The abuse, neglect, and corruption which persists at San Bernardino City Animal Shelter must stop.  The City has turned a blind eye to these inhumane, illegal and immoral practices for too long.

council@sbcity.org

morris_pat@sbcity.org (Mayor’s Office)

*Source: California Local Rabies Control Activities Annual Report 2011.

 

Media enquiries to: allabouttheanimalsnetwork@gmail.com

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Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

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Distressing news on Thursday when the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s Law Enforcement Division joined with the Hunterdon CountyProsecutor’s Office and issued two search warrants for the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter on Stamets Road in Alexandria Road and a nearby veterinarian hospital.

According to N.J.com, Captain Rick Yocum, the president of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animalsstated an investigation has been ongoing because of complaints about inhumane conditions at the facility.

Seventeen cats were removed and were transported to the Flemington Animal Hospital. Four of the cats were humanely euthanized. All of the animals have been receiving medical attention. The facility failed to quarantine sick cats with respiratory infections thus spreading illness to healthy cats.

There are also two pigs living in terrible condition at the facility. A decision from the Department of Agriculture will…

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California Soldier Awarded the Medal of Honor

Off my usual topic, but how cool is this!

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(CNN) — When President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Ty Carter on Monday, he not only heralded Carter’s heroism on the battlefield at Combat Outpost Keating during one of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan, he pointed out that Carter has made it his mission to destigmatize the post-traumatic stress experienced by hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops and veterans.

Carter was once a skeptic of what he calls “PTS”; he does not want to add the D, saying it is not a disorder.

“I didn’t believe it was real until I experienced it. I thought it was just an excuse to get out of duty or not do a job. But once it hit me and I realized it, I was blown away. How could I be so ignorant?” Carter said.

During the horrific battle at Combat Outpost Keating, an enemy RPG explosion caused Carter…

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Kitten Found Burned, Smelling of Gasoline Recovering

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SACRAMENTO –

A four month old kitten is struggling to survive at the Front Street animal shelter after being intentionally doused with gasoline and set fire.  A $5,000 reward has been established to help catch those involved.

“This was not an accident,” said Gina Knepp the Manager of the Front Street shelter. “The vet who treated him … they had to bathe him because the smell of fuel was so strong.”

The assault happened nearly two weeks ago, and the little guy is still in pretty bad shape.

“I mean, look at those poor ears, and he has no whiskers. They’re all gone,” exclaimed Knepp.  “We didn’t do anything to his ears. They’re just burned off.”

The kitten was found in a South Sacramento neighborhood, in the area of Manorside Drive and Meadowglen. Hector Munoz was leaving for work when he discovered the kitten in his driveway and immediately took…

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Rim Fire Jumps Thousands of Acres Overnight

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The U.S. Forest Service says the Rim Fire, burning in the Stanislaus National Forest, jumped from 16,000 acres to nearly 54,000 acres overnight.

About 2,500 structures are threatened by the flames. Two homes have already burned.

The fire had jumped containment lines Wednesday, briefly threatening the firefighters’ base camp.

The entire Pine Mountain Lake area was evacuated.

As of Thursday morning, the fire was only two percent contained, with a total of 1,356 firefighters battling it.

Steep, difficult and dangerous terrain has hindered firefighters’ efforts.

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Auto Museum Throwing Fundraiser for City Animal Shelter

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Bobby Mann of the Sac City Shelter introduces Paul Robins to a lovable dog looking for a home. Mann also lets us know about Paws to Party, a fundraiser for the shelter at the California Auto Museum on Aug. 23.

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Dogs in California and North Carolina Abused in Similar Way

Date:  August 8, 2013

Reblog from
Reporter/Sports Anchor Fox 40 News

SACRAMENTO –

The City of Sacramento, Yolo County, and now North Carolina are seeing a form of animal abuse with a distinct, gruesome signature.

“Very distinctive burn-marks.  Always across the back, usually the full length of the dog from the back of the head all the way down to the tail,” said Gina Knepp the Manager of Animal Care Services for the City of Sacramento. “Unfortunately, it appears the Pit Bull type of breed, or dog, is in every case we’ve seen. Those are the common denominators.”

So far, there are three cases locally. Two in the City limits of Sacramento, and a third just last week in the Clarksburg area of Yolo County.

“The area of Clarksburg and Babble Slough is not very far from Sacramento City. It’s only over the bridge,” said Vicky Fletcher, who is with Yolo County Animal Services.  “What does my gut tell me? There is somebody out there we need to find out about.”

The case is gaining some national exposure too. In the past month, three more cases have been discovered. All in a ten mile radius near Raleigh, North Carolina.

“It’s a mystery and we’d like to solve it,” said Knepp. “I think there is somebody out there who can say, hey we know what this is.”

Pilot Hill Home Goes Up in Smoke, Woman Sought

Pilot Hill Fire

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EL DORADO COUNTY—

Authorities in the small community of Pilot Hill are looking for a woman wanted in connection to a house fire Tuesday night.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home along Pine Tree Court in Pilot Hill around 9 p.m. for an argument that reportedly been had been going on for about 45 minutes. A man and a woman’s voice could be heard, dispatchers were told.

Just a little later, as deputies were on their way, dispatchers were told that flames could be seen coming out of the windows of the home. People inside were also reportedly screaming.

Once at the scene, the deputies found that the home and land around it were engulfed in a fire. Cal Fire units were called to the scene to fight the inferno, while the sheriff’s deputies started searching for any possible victims.

Outside, deputies found a man –…

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