And the killing continues
Another letter from a life-saving citizen, sent to both Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, and the city’s contracted veterinarian, Dr. Susie Seward, DVM.
Hello my name is _____,
I am a foster that tries to save as many cats and kittens as I can handle. I was involved in the offsite adoption yesterday in front of Body Be 1, and was told that there were kittens that were about 3 weeks old (possibly younger) at animal control that they wouldn’t let anyone take to the adoption site. So I went there last night after the adoption was over and was there until they closed. I tried to pull the 5 kittens that needed to be bottle fed, and was told that I would have to pay 5 fees for the kittens even though in the past if they are nursing kittens with a mother or needing to be bottle fed without the mother they were one price. I clearly could not afford to pull the 5 kittens, and was told that I could get them for one price if I was a licensed group. I was talking to a a staff person yesterday who also assured me that those kittens were not going to be put down and that she was going to make some phone calls today about them.
Well the kittens as of today are not in any of the cages and had been put to sleep. They had a home last night and they would rather put them to sleep because they wouldnt let them go for 1 fee, rather than save those 5 babies lives who were perfectly healthy. That just breaks my heart, and I can’t understand why anyone would put them down after they had a place to go.
I just wish something could be done about these horrible things that are going on right now at animal control, especially when some of these animals have/had homes and people are promised that some of these animals are not going to be put down which is clearly a lie. If the people working at animal control do not care about saving the animals then clearly they need to find a new career!
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I am happy to share with you, that this letter was addressed with the following response:
From Teresa Tomlinson
“If this is true, it is in clear violation of our city’s policies. It will be investigated and if substantiated disciplinary action is likely to occur. Thank you for reporting this.”
We will see within the following days how this is dealt with, and I will keep you updated.
If you want to join the conversation and speak up for the animals in Columbus, join us at the next No Kill Meeting this Sunday, October 9th, at Kirkland Memorial Baptist Church (6304 Lynridge Ave). The location had changed, so it will NOT be held at the public library. I hope to see you all there!