“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” -Elie Wiesel, holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Stockton Animal Services kills 70% of animals. Stockton’s been killing instead of implementing lifesaving programs for a long time. Under the direction of longtime scofflaw Pat Claerbout, and with the tacit approval of City Manager Bob Deis, Police Chief Eric Jones, and City Council members, Stockton Animal Services routinely disregards state and local law, kills animals illegally, withholds veterinary care, causing suffering, and callously chooses killing with lifesaving alternative readily available. Mayor Anthony Silva has visited the pound and voiced an opinion privately, but has not yet spoken up publicly.
Stockton government is not known for its responsiveness to citizen concerns, for its adherence to the law, or for its wise judgment. So who could make a difference? Who could speak up for the innocent animals that cannot speak for themselves? How about those that say they exist for that very purpose? Have local animal welfare organizations spoken up? How about those rescues that save animals from the Stockton pound, one at a time, while thousands more are killed? Of the ones I know of…
Pups Rescue has spoken up and continues to do so.
Animal Protection League – supports Pat Claerbout and current Stockton Animal Services practices, receives taxpayer subsidies for its own adoption center that adopted out fewer than 100 cats in 5 months, the same period in which Stockton Animal Services impounded over 2000 cats–that’s a 5% save rate.
PUP Dog Rescue of Issaquah, Washington – in collaboration with APL and Stockton Animal Services, provides political cover for the unlawful killing. PUP gets free boarding at the Stockton pound for the dogs it pulls, even as hundreds of dogs each month are killed for space. (The alternative is a foster program, but that would take effort.) PUP volunteers defend the practices of Stockton Animal Services and pretend the unlawful killing isn’t happening, all from 800 miles away. See https://centralcaliforniapetsalive.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/i-am-furious-at-a-rescue-that-is-helping-save-lives/
San Francisco SPCA – supports Pat Claerbout, gives political cover for killings, SF SPCA vets recommend killing healthy and treatable Stockton animals. See https://centralcaliforniapetsalive.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/kill-those-puppies-its-the-humane-thing-to-do-says-sf-spca-director-of-shelter-medicine-kate-kuzminski/ and https://centralcaliforniapetsalive.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/sleight-of-hand-by-stockton-and-the-san-francisco-spca/
Delta Humane Society – silent
Animal Friends Connection – silent
Big Dawgs Rescue – silent
Scooters Pals – spoke up once, providing the video of Pat Claerbout killing Zeus in Sacramento, now silent http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/07/19/sacramento-animal-shelter-allegedly-euthanized-animals-set-to-be-rescued/
The Perfect Dog Rescue – silent
What about the pit bull rescues? From a review of the records, it appears that there are no pit bull rescues regularly saving Stockton pit bulls. Of 800 pit bulls in our most recent data set, only 20% made it out alive, and most of those were puppies. Of the 36 adults saved, I and a few other No Kill Equation advocates saved most of them–and I am not a rescue.
I would love to be corrected about this. I encourage readers to ask those organizations what they have done to challenge the cruelty and killing. Ask them to speak up. As any rescue makes a public statement opposing the cruelty and unnecessary killing by Stockton Animal Services, I will edit this to link to that statement. Rescues and other shelters could be making a difference by speaking up to challenge the killing. Silence is complicity. There is no such thing as neutrality.
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” -Elie Wiesel