A dog, Percy, that was brought out by mistake when a rescuer attempted to retrieve another dog named Balto. MAS staff hadn’t asked for help for Percy and he was unable to move, in severe pain, in desperate need of care. Since LMAS can’t get its hands on the right kind of pain medication (who knows? Fischer’s folks refuse to provide straight answers) – thanks to the problem we wrote about – you can imagine how the little guy felt.
The Shamrock Foundation is afraid to admit where the dog came from because it’s worried about ties being cut – but we’re not afraid to call a spade a spade. People need to start speaking up. The staff at LMAS and rescuers who operate there are literally terrified to ruffle feathers. We believe that puts them in collusion with those perpetuating what amounts to systemic animal abuse and cruelty. Maybe some day they’ll all wake up and realize that if they get kicked out or fired? It’ll look a heck of a lot worse for LMAS and Greg Fischer than it will for them.
LMAS staffers (you know who you are – you talk to me every day, begging me to do something, refusing to take your own responsibility out of juvenile fear) and volunteers have tons of evidence they can bring forward to make change. But they’re terrified and have been beaten down by management and Fischer’s crew. This shiz is getting ridiculous.
Mentioning this today because we’re beginning to wonder if LMAS is in violation of local or state anti-cruelty statutes by withholding pain medication and not providing adequate care (ever been to Manslick?).
A local ordinance:
CRUELTY. Failing to provide adequate food and water; failing to detect the need for or withholding veterinary care; creating or allowing unhealthful living conditions, infliction of suffering, injury, or death to an animal by striking, beating, dropping, kicking, dragging, choking, or by the use of an object or weapon; causing pain, injury, or death by means of caustic, flammable, boiling, or heated substances; causing suffering, injury, or death by suffocation or drowning; failure to provide health-related grooming. For purposes of this chapter, the definition of CRUELTY shall not include the acts as described in KRS 525.130(2) and (3).
Seems rather cut and dry to us. But Metro Council never takes action. Jim King, whose wife sits on the Zoo board and loves animals, for eff’s sake, won’t do anything but pay this matter lip service. Greg Fischer doesn’t have the ability to manage his way out of a hole in the ground. And only a few in the mainstream media want to give this issue any serious attention (and it’s not long-term).
We are disgusted with the way Metro Government leaders have dealt with Metro Animal Services. This out-of-sight, out-of-mind operational mentality among people like Greg Fischer and Sadiqa Reynolds has got to come to an end. Allowing them to operate carte blanche without ever being questioned – purely because they’re Democrats and you hate/fear Republicans – is the reason this city/state/country is so jacked up to begin with.
Where are Gill Holland, Matthew Barzun, Owsley & Christy Brown, Craig Greenberg, David Jones, John Yarmuth, the Binghams, John Y. Brown III, Jack Conway, Tom Conway, Jim Ramsey? They got Greg Fischer elected and they have the ability to put an end to this Metro Animal Services nightmare. When will they make their voices heard with Greg? They wanted him and now they need to take responsibility for what they pushed upon the city. (No, we’re not afraid to raise concerns with the people who gave us our start. They’re good folks and we know they have the ability to make change. We just wish they would.)
In the meantime, the new kid who is overpaid and inexperienced continues the reign of mass killing and bad management with what appears to be the same recklessness of Gilles Meloche and Wayne Zelinsky. We are unable to believe anything else until we see serious and immediate action taken.
Note to those of you who continually tell us to sit down and shut up, to give Greg a few months to work out the kings, to be more patient: enough really is enough. Piss or get off the pot. There’s no sense in sitting on your hands, waiting around, doing nothing.