What bothers me is that none of you have mentioned the root cause of this problem. THE PEOPLE who put these dogs in this position in the first place ! Here's to guessing its the same 5-10% of the population that (1) commit crime (2) use the city school systems as a daycare for their neglected and mal-adjusted children (3) and fill the cages at the animal shelter.....(not to mention, total government dependency, drug addiction, I digress....).
Unfortunately, none of these people will ever read the articles, much less the (sometimes) insightful comments on here and the CA website. So at the end of the day, all of the good people in this city sit around blaming each other while the people at fault continue to coast through life like a feather in the breeze.......on our tax dollars and at the expense of our safety and our children's welfare.
A no-kill shelter will never work because there are way too many morons in this city that could care less about what happens to their pets. So, you're talking about massive hurdles in just trying to reduce the intake numbers through public education. Do we even need to go into the tax burden ramifications of trying to feed, shelter, and market 16,000 pets per year ? We're a city with a dwindling tax base (again, because of this 5%) and its probably a pipe dream to think we can run a functional no-kill shelter. Just see what happens if you raise property taxes to subsidize a no-kill shelter. More flight, more blight and, in all likelihood, a higher number of stray pets.
By Louis Goggans
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