Too many animals are being held for too long waiting for the DA to sign for them to be released.
BECAUSE OF DOGS ON LEGAL HOLDS (INCLUDING LONG TERM COURT CASE HOLDS) - we are still asking people to look at all our dogs and pull any that they can. Because of these conditions adoptable dogs would be at risk as the only legally available population from which to ease overcrowding. (That means adoption or euthanasia, right?)
Total Population is now at 66 including bite holds and the court case dogs that are not listed on petharbor. Dogs are being double bunked and as soon as we get a rescue commitment on any dog in the place and they clear their legal hold and we find a ride they are out the door!
Adoptable dogs are at 32.
I will consider your office accountable for these deaths by your lack of action and refusal to sign the necessary release legal documents needed to get the animals either adopted, placed in fosters or transferred to other animal rescues.
Barbara Shults, R.N.-Founder
North Coast Animal Welfare Advocacy Center
Related 85 live animals from Cutten. They include chameleons, geckos, a monitor lizard, bearded dragons, rattlesnakes, toads, a bullfrog, ferrets, a stick bug, a tarantula, a cat with kittens and 61 turtles...they are court property because they were seized with a search warrant... Whether and how the animals are adopted depends on the criminal case... no adoptions can happen until that is over.
Barbara adds: Basically, the Humboldt County Animal Shelter can not currently release any of the animals on legal holds due to California Penal Code animal welfare violations, even with permission of the owner, because of the D.A.’s failure to bring these cases before a judge, therefore they take up space and increase the chances of euthanasia for strays currently being held and new ones coming in. So, if a dog is border line on adoptability, which can be due to medical reasons, being frightened of the shelter or other issues, this animal has far less of a chance to be placed on the adoption list.
The Animal Welfare groups do as a much as we can but are limited due to our lack of resources. The Humboldt County Animal Shelter has done a miraculous job in connecting with animal welfare rescues and Animal Shelters throughout the U.S. However; as I have stated over and over again, our nation is failing in dealing with the pet overpopulation and millions of animals need to be placed in homes.
Currently all the animals seized in Cutten a month ago are in legal limbo. They also have an emaciated wolf hybrid dog and her pups confiscated from a breeder in Petrolia in a like situation.
What the District Attorney's office needs to do is bring all the animal welfare neglect cases to court, push for appropriate animal abuse charges and get a release so that the animals can leave the shelter. I am not sure of the correct legal term, however; Steve is not legally able to do anything with the animals until then.
Animal welfare organizations:
1. Animal Legal Defense Fund
2. Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute
3. In Defense of Animals
4. Animals and Society Institute
5. Humane Society of the United States