More Nuts About Animals
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From: Daniel Guss
To: Jim Bickhart
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 12:38:23 -0700
Subject: LA Daily News Clip: Reason #31 to Fire Stuckey
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Even the LA Daily News recognizes Stuckey's PARALYSIS with its 8/22 Opinion about the Rescue Waggin'. Excerpting from the newspaper's opinion, Guerdon Stuckey, the general manager of L.A.'s animal-services department, ought to take the initiative.....
Why have things gotten so bad that even the newspapers are pointing to Stuckey's ineptness?
If the media is pointing this out,. it's DEFINITELY time for Stuckey to hit the road.
Reason #31 to Fire Stuckey: He can't deliver the solutions when he doesn't understand the problems.
The STAND Foundation, Inc.
A Dog's Life
Rescue program is flawed, but shouldn't be dumped yet
LA Daily News
Clearly the city's PetsMart Rescue Waggin' program has some problems.
The new effort to get the abandoned dogs of Los Angeles into loving homes by shipping them to less-crowded shelters across the state has actually made animals sick and discouraged their adoption. And animal-rescue activists are right to criticize that aspect of it.
But it should not be shut down, not until the city's animal-service officials have a chance to fix the problems.
What animal-rescue activists really seemed peeved at is that the city is shipping animals away at all, particularly those that they think are the cream of the crop. It's not ideal, but the hard truth is Los Angeles' shelters are badly overcrowded and anything that serves the greater good of finding homes for needy pets ought to be tried.
PetsMart Charities, which founded the program, plans to rescue 3,000 dogs from L.A. shelters next year. Removing 3,000 dogs, even the nicest-looking ones, gives the remaining ones a better chance of getting noticed and adopted.
Guerdon Stuckey, the general manager of L.A.'s animal-services department, ought to take the initiative and revamp the program right away so that any animal at any shelter can be adopted by an L.A. resident even if they are on a PetsMart waiting list. Sometimes abandoned pets only get one shot at adoption.
This program is flawed, but we owe it to the dogs to give it a chance to succeed.