Quoting an old Southern idiom that a statement is flawed is ironically yet properly applied, by Zak, to today’s Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Patch article about dogs collected at the Animal Friends of the Valley’s (“AFV”) Taj Mahal-ish facility located in Wildomar.
Please click on the following link to read the article, if you haven’t done so already:
As a public service, Zak will take the numbers from the article, as provided by the shelter itself, in order to take you to a different conclusion than that intended by the article.
Notice, if you will, that the numbers provided lump Lake Elsinore and Wildomar together without any justification, other than the obvious fact that they are adjacent to one another.
Is this reflection that the staff and leadership of AFV consider that Lake Elsinore and Wildomar are communities cut from the same fabric? If so, then Wildomar’s Code Enforcement and Planning Commission, and ultimately the City Council, are not doing their jobs to elevate the standards of our Wildomar community above that of Sh*tville.
Back to the numbers. “According to the Wildomar-based shelter’s records, a total of 994 dogs and 1,265 cats from both Lake Elsinore and Wildomar were put down at the facility during the 2010-11 fiscal year.
Lake Elsinore was the bigger contributor, with 659 dogs and 666 cats.
But for such a tiny city, Wildomar has a sizeable unwanted cat problem, with 599 felines euthanized during the year, as compared to 335 dogs.”
Obviously, the good thinking folks that adopt a shelter dog, rather than purchasing a new puppy from a pet store, and pay fees to AFV to do so, is an internal matter of finances for the shelter. Their fees for adoption should reflect the costs of sheltering animals until they are adopted.
Zak is solely concerned with those animals which are left to be disposed by the taxpayers of Wildomar and must be dealt with, as mandated by state law.
Wildomar paid AFV $262,300 for the year 2009-2010 to kill the 335 dogs that did not get adopted.
Doing the simple math, that means that the taxpayers of Wildomar are paying $782.98 to the AFV, for each dog that is not adopted out.
Assuming the same number of dogs will be disposed of for 2011-2012, Wildomar will be paying $1057.61 for each dog euthanized.
And, as they say in the South, “that dog won’t hunt.”
There must be a better way to deal with problem of animal control, and apparently no one, except Zak, seems to be willing to do so.
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