In a complete turnaround, after Sylvia Carrillo, the city manager of Aransas Pass, announced her new policy beginning on June 20 to euthanize all stray animals in city shelters after three days, a press release on Tuesday from the City of Aransas states no animals have yet to be euthanized at any shelter.
On the Aransas Pass Facebook page, Carrillo previously posted that even though her new policy contradicted the city ordinance of adopting out as many stray animals and surrendered pets as possible, she felt her opinion obviously took precedence and announced:
"We have, in the last five years…steered away from our mission. Our mission is animal control, and that is controlling the animal population. Which means our primary goal should be euthanization. We have not planned accordingly or budgeted accordingly. Without the assistance of our local (veterinarians), which nobody has really stepped up, we have to go back to euthanization.”
That announcement caused national outrage, and the latest press release now assures the public the city's desire to work with animal care organizations in order to revamp previous policies pertaining to animal control. Information concerning city staff adopting out animals for hunting and fighting as well as wildlife being cared for and then released, prompted Carrillo's decision. In addition, on one occasion, an adopted animal later became sick, and the new owner was forced to euthanize the animal, was Carrillo's explanation for the new policy.
" It would seem reasonable to investigate the humans responsible for adopting out dogs for hunting or fighting, and what's wrong with helping wildlife? Since humans have moved them out of their natural habitats by building homes, shopping centers, and super highways, wildlife are subjected to a lot of the cruelties of humans. To me, it seems Sylvia Carrillo is arbitrarily punishing innocent animals who don't deserve to be euthanized if they are healthy and adoptable," stated a reader on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.
According to KZTV Action News, reporter John Rupolo, whose investigative reporting on the city's animal control policy change informed the public of the controversial decision by City Manager Sylvia Carrillo, the city has since declined comment on the issue and has accused the anchor reporter and the news station of efforts "to bait city leadership and staff into aggressive confrontations for media sensationalism."
As a result of the press exposure, the city had a standing room crowd at this week's city council meeting with south Texas citizens expressing their opposition to the policy. In addition, more help is now on the way.
"If there was one positive that came from this event, that is to-date we've received over 13 volunteers whom have stepped up to assist us. The eagerness to participate and their insight and experience on the topic truly makes progress a foreseeable success for the future of the Aransas Pass Animal Control Department."
Many thanks to John Rupolo, KSTV News, all media stories and all of the concerned citizens who hopefully can make a difference for the innocent pets who deserve a second chance.
Check out some of the adorable pets ready for their new homes at the Aransas County Animal Shelter by clicking here.
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