We have been informing Stockton’s leaders of unlawful activities at Stockton Animal Services for over a year and recently presented city officials with clear and overwhelming evidence of unlawful, cruel practices at Stockton Animal Services under the direction of Supervisor Pat Claerbout, practices that continue despite a Police Department investigation. Animals are killed before the end of their hold times, sick and injured animals are not given veterinary treatment, 94% of cats and 80% of pit bulls are killed, strays are held behind a locked steel door and owners’ access is restricted, and animals are killed early while their owners are trying to scrape together the money to pay upwards of $400 in fees for one day’s impound. The City Council, City Manager, City Attorney and Police Chief have all had the opportunity to see all the evidence, and here is their response:
Stockton Police Department News
On Saturday January 26, 2013, 41 homeless dogs will start their way to a new home in Seattle, Washington. The transfer of dogs to People United for Pets, a dog rescue organization in Seattle, Washington, is undertaken by volunteers from the Stockton’s Animal Protection League. The volunteers drive a van full of dogs to Eugene, Oregon where they are met by volunteers from People United for Pets who continue with the dogs to Seattle. Over 1,174 dogs have found new homes thru this unique transfer program since 2010.
In the past year the Stockton Animal Shelter has seen increases in both the number of pets adopted and the number of animals being placed with rescue organizations. At the end of 2012, Shelter Adoption was 1,250 which was an increase of 193 from 2011. Also at the end of 2012, animals released to rescue organizations were 1,643 an increase of 122 from 2011.
To assist the Stockton Shelter in animal care and further increasing adoptions, in November 2012, the City of Stockton signed an MOU with the San Francisco SPCA.
For more information about the Animal Shelter, please contact Animal Services Coordinator Pat Claerbout at (209) 937-7195.
Too bad it’s just propaganda designed to protect a criminal, Pat Claerbout, running an outlaw division within the Police Department, rather than to serve the citizens of Stockton.
It’s clear that those commenting on the police department press release WANT Stockton to stop killing animals. Unfortunately, the story is an attempt to distract from the fact that 70% of animals coming in to the Stockton pound are killed–not because there are no homes for them but because Animal Services kills animals illegally, withholds veterinary care from injured animals, and prevents loving families from getting their pets back, killing them instead.
This rescue partnership is not new; APL and Stockton Animal Services have been providing free boarding (instead of starting a foster program) for dogs destined for Washington and now San Francisco, while killing Stockton animals for space. APL gets $2000 a month from the city to run a cat adoption center and Stockton’s still killing 94% of cats. We’ve been informing Stockton PD and City Council of unlawful activities at Stockton Animal Services for over a year. This press release says the city and APL choose to protect a criminal rather than protecting Stockton citizens and their pets.