On Tuesday, Paws Protectors Rescue received their first accountability report they were scheduled to receive for the next two years from OC Animal Care as part of the settlement of a 48 page lawsuit and court settlement agreement in place via Sharon Logan against the OC Animal Care in California.
Shocking statistics show 491 animals euthanized in 31 days; thus making the average of 16 animals killed every day. “If that doesn’t make your blood boil it should,” stated Logan on her Facebook page. As the information was analyzed, notice was taken of animals killed prior to the required hold period. A subsection was also highlighted in red of suspicious deaths contending the shelter provided no evidence that they met the criteria of either; 1) irremediable suffering, 2) too young, or 3) vicious/aggressive with documented history. “Somewhat suspicious” are highlighted in orange which includes owner surrenders requesting their pet be euthanized, animal suffering or those with contagious diseases,
It was a tumultuous two year long legal battle between Sharon Logan, director of Paws Protectors Rescue and the Orange County Animal Care. Logan accused the shelter of euthanizing cats and dogs too quickly and not giving the animals a chance to find adoptive homes. Her lawsuit also included allegations of denying animals proper shelter, exercise, medical care and water. In 1998, Senate Bill 1785 shifted California shelters to focus towards saving lives; favoring the re-homing over death for shelter animals. In September 2015, the lawsuit was settled Part of the agreement, beginning in November, for a two-year period, requires the OC Animal Csre to send Logan a monthly list of every dog and cat taken in the previous month and its outcome.
“The law is the law, for the next two years as of the 10th of every month. We will be receiving as the court designated people, a list and identification of all animals euthanized in that prior month, and we can choose at random whatever five animals we want further documentation on. So we will be looking over their shoulder, and I assure you quite carefully, and that should have at least some kind of effect on the people working there. This is a battle that we will have to continue to fight,” stated Howard Finkelstein, the attorney for Paw Protectors Rescue.
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