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April 7, 2015 / V A Nichols

Speak Out: What’s wrong with transparency

League of Humane Voters - Alabama

State of Alabama House of RepresentativesANNISTON STAR READER OPINION

Sunday, April 5, 2015

“The shelter is not to blame; it all falls back on people: the taxpayer.”

In its revised form, HB85 in the Alabama Legislature would have required taxpayer-funded animal shelters and control centers to track intake, adoption and euthanasia numbers and make them available to the public. It sailed through the Senate. The bill’s thunderous defeat in the House was attributable, allegedly, to lack of funds and anticipated harassment from “animal activists.” Regardless of the validity (or not) of these reasons, the House missed an opportunity to bounce a reality check off Alabamians.

Taxpayer-funded shelters aren’t “no kill.” They normally are required to take the unwanted senior dog, the litter of feral cats, the mother dog and puppies dumped on a cul-de-sac, the “leftovers” a backyard breeder couldn’t sell, all animals brought to them. The shelters use adoption and rescue to reduce their…

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