Top priorities from the Task Force included:
Clear, accountable and responsive method of public input. Chair, Diane Linn, is ultimately responsible for Animal Control but states she "is not concerned with animal issues" and refuses to meet with concerned citizens regarding agency abuse of pets and people. Excellent community information and education (responsible pet ownership) programs. The self-serving agency lacks the desire and competent personnel to carry out education. The Director's Friday email memo is a propaganda piece, painting a rosie picture. There has been no statistics on disposition of animals for over 6 months.
Improved complaint and enforcement processes. The complaint process has reverted back to being handled by the Animal Control Director who defends, denies and covers up wrong-doing. Regardless of who the Director is, senior union staff run the kennel.
Strong, coordinated return-to-owner, foster and adoption programs. In a recent county audit it was found that only 3% of cats were returned to their owners. Contrary to what MCAC claims, they virtually have no foster program. The outreach at Clackamas Town Center closed and no other outreach provisions have been made. MCAC was given a $30,000 outreach van, which is not being used. The agency continues to kill animals that the community wants to adopt or rescue. MCAC recently increased adoption fees 300% (to $120 for a dog)!
Accessible, progressive, healthy and humane shelter environment. It is not for lack of money that stray animals with medical needs go untreated. The Director has at his disposal 2 trust accounts from community donations amounting to over $60,000 for this purpose, yet because the agency classifies the "sick and injured" as unadoptable, they are left to suffer and are then killed (1000 per year). This is not progressive, healthy or humane!
Coordinated volunteer services both within MCAC and among other service providers. Volunteers are turned away unless you pledge "loyalty to the agency". For those who ask questions or try to rescue an animal the agency plans to kill, senior staff tries to get rid of you. If you persist in volunteering, they get nasty and threatening. This behavior has been a pattern for years, with those in authority refuse to deal with it.
In 2001, Animal Control was audited by the County, revealing that 3/4 of expenditures in their $3,000,000 budget was for personnel!
Please let the In Defense of Animals office know if you and your friends can attend the July 17 Board meeting by calling 503-249-9996 or emailing email@example.com.
To contact County Commissioners by email:
To contact County Commissioners by phone:
Diane Linn is 503-988-3308
Lisa Naito 988-5217
Serena Cruz 988-5219
Maria Rojo 988-5220
Lonnie Roberts 988-5213