Just as children don’t ask to be born, neither do cats or dogs. Both are born with beating hearts and only seek to be loved and cared for.
We, as a society, have no limit on money spent on the care of children of irresponsible parents. And most of us believe that our pets are not that far down from the human chain of life and should be treated with the same degree of care and respect.
As read in last week’s Roundup, Councilors Croy, O’Connell and Town Attorney Streichman can’t justify the need to renew the contract with the Humane Society for the previous year’s amount, much less than the amount that they claim is needed to sustain their operation. And Streichman says that a new contract with the Humane Society would state that they shouldn’t take in any other animals other than what the animal control officer brings in.
Police Chief Engler says that it cost his department $223 for each of the 394 animals picked up last year (although the shelter takes in over a 1,000 each year). He would like to take those monies used beyond the proposed Humane Society stipend of $35,000 and hire another policeman. As Streichman remarked, “I guess we will have a lot of animals running loose.” How stupid and crass.
This is not a legal or a contract issue, it is a social issue. If the Humane Society cannot afford to fully operate and is forced to take in fewer animals or even shut down, what are the ramifications? With no Humane Society, the town will have unfed animals running loose affecting public health and safety.
Yes, it is indeed ironic that the Town of Payson recently joined up with the Humane Society to apply for a grant to help build the new state-of-art shelter.
What is the point of this, if once it is built, there is insufficient funds to pay for the needed support for the daily care of these animals, and the town won’t be financially supportive.
With a town budget of over $25 million, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find another $50,000 somewhere to provide for the safety of these unwanted animals as well as the citizens of Payson.