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Inaccuracies in Recent Press Release

In a recent press release relating to S.P.O.T. (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today), which was put out by Madonna Flood (Dem.-24th Dist.), there were several inaccuracies propagated by the Metro Animal Services and Madonna Flood.

  In the press release, which announces that this organization will be in the Okolona area spaying and neutering animals, granting licenses to the pets, and inserting microchips, the release states “Pets that are licensed are more likely to be returned to their owners if they are lost.” That is not true. Many individuals  have reported that their pets have been picked up by Animal Control Services when they escaped from backed yards by digging under a fence, a child leaving a gate open, and other scenarios. When they went to retrieve their pets, they were fined, and/or charged for boarding, required spaying/neutering, even if the intent was to keep the animal for breeding use at a later time. The owner was also charged a fee to microchip their pet, even if the license was obtained and secured.

  According to the dog ordinance, a animal must be neutered/spayed before it leaves the premises of the pound, and the animal must be micro chipped at the owners expense, regardless of the intent/will of the owner. This ordinance was opposed by Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife League of Kentucky Sportsmen, National Association of Animal Control Officers, American Veterinarian Medical Association, Kentucky Veterinarian Medical Association, American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers, and many other organizations.

  The press release also states that “redemption fees are discounted if an animal is properly licensed and wearing it’s tags”. This is a half-truth. The redemption fees are not discounted, but according to the ordinance, the owner can not be charged a licensing fee when their pet is already licensed. If one has a licensed pet, they do not have to purchase a license again, provided that the year of their license is not finished. All of the other fees, (i.e. boarding, feeding, micro-chipping are all passed on to the mischievous owner.

May 13, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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