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>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
"Animal welfare, not animal 'rights'
and, yes, there is a difference."
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

RPOA hates to say "I told you so" but we told San Antonio in 2007 that they
can't become "No Kill" ever - much less in 5 years - with a legislative
approach. Legislation only exacerbates animal problems and has unintended
consequences.
RPOA pressured San Antonio Area Foundation to sponsor Nathan Winograd's San
Antonio Seminar in 2007 but we were totally ignored by city staff. It takes
programs and services, not legislation, to solve animal problems.

At that time the Mayor and city officials listened to Texas Humane
Legislation Network (THLN) board members Joel Hailey and Jef Hale (also
Animal Control Director) instead of RPOA and San Antonio passed the most
onerous animal ordinance in the country. THLN attorney-members led similar
legislative efforts in other major cities and now we're seeing the results
when "animal rights" extremists rule.

San Antonio has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S. Whatever
happened to common sense regarding Texas animal issues?
To their credit, San Antonio recently rescinded their Mandatory Spay/Neuter
or Intact Dog Permit requirement because the only ones sold were to dog
owners retrieving their impounded dogs from Animal Control. But seems the
current mayor and council don't know that!
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San Antonio Express-News
June 23, 2011
Hope for no-kill shelter in 2012 dies

Hope for no-kill shelter in 2012 dies - San Antonio Express-News
OR
(Hope for no-kill shelter in 2012 dies - San Antonio Express-News)

S.A.'s animal control facility is projected to euthanize 21,051 cats and
dogs this year.That's 400 each and every week, and the numbers have been
climbing since 2009.
By Brian Chasnoff and Josh Baugh
[email protected]

City officials acknowledged during a wide-ranging budget meeting Wednesday
that San Antonio won't meet its 2012 "no-kill" goal, an ambitious objective
initiated four years ago to substantially end the euthanasia of healthy,
adoptable animals.

"We're going to have to go further," City Manager Sheryl Sculley said in an
interview. "We have a long way to go in this community."

Though often split on priorities as it faces revenue shortfalls, the council
unanimously recommended at least maintaining funds for sterilizing pets and
collecting stray animals. But San Antonio's euthanasia problem doesn't lie
wholly with the dogs.

The city is on pace this year to euthanize more than 21,000 dogs and cats.
Councilman Reed Williams places the responsibility squarely on irresponsible
pet owners.

"I think the problem is more with the two-legged animals than with the
four-legged animals," he said.

Sculley and Mayor Julián Castro said the city could move toward requiring
the sterilization of all pets to combat the packs of roaming dogs that beset
the city, as well as other stringent measures.

"We're very interested in bringing down the numbers of euthanized animals as
much as possible," Castro said. "We need to be smart about investing the
resources in spaying and neutering and education so that we end the culture
of discardability in this city."

Sculley and others suggested the possibility of increasing fines for
violating the city's pet ordinance to send a clear message to San Antonio
residents.

"If you own a dog, there are responsibilities with that," Sculley said.

Williams said San Antonio's philosophy would never change without increasing
penalties for irresponsibility.

Sculley told the council that about 35 percent of adoptable animals here are
being saved - a far cry from other cities that boast rates as high as 90
percent.

She said her staffers would "scour the earth" for better solutions. They'll
also work with Animal Care Services' Advisory Board to update its failed
strategic plan and present a new course of action to the council later this
summer, she said.

During the next few months, the council will grapple with a plethora of
other issues - from how to fund everything from social services to public
safety and fire protection.

With expected shortfalls for the next five years, the council kicked off
planning for the next fiscal year with an annual exercise of building a
budget with declining revenue.

Leading up to Wednesday's meeting, all 11 members of the council anonymously
filled out a "budget ballot" in which they prioritized funding in nine
categories with an overall 5 percent reduction in funding.
<SNIP>
The mayor acknowledged that budget cuts are to be expected, but he warned of
the negative effects of slashes that are too drastic.
<SNIP>
The council is expected to adopt the 2012 budget at its Sept. 15 meeting.
 
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