Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Greenhill's Faux Excuse to Kill - First Avenue Dangerous Dogs Issue and Law suits

According to the County, via information received this morning, (1/22/14) in the last 18 months of operation, when LCAS was aggressively and successfully placing dogs with behavior issues, there were ZERO lawsuits. ZERO. ZIP. NADA. ZILCH. Greenhill apparently has the proper insurance in place, so Cary, Jaclyn and Gail why are you killing so many dogs that are similar to those LCAS successfully placed? What's the real reason here?  We want the truth.  Why is it that LCAS did a much better job with this than Greenhill seems to be capable of?

The ongoing discussions and concerns of a couple of the Advisory Committee members about the liability of adopting out a dangerous dog, (when no one has ever suggested such a thing); is just giving Greenhill a license to kill, in my opinion.   Further discussion from Lieberman that liability waivers don't work leads me to ask, then why have one in the first place?
The hysteria over a lawsuit is just not supported by facts.  Do lawsuits happen?  Of course.  Killing an animal because you think they might at sometime in the future possibly bite someone is absurd.  Most dogs, at least one time in their life, get into a fight with another dog, or bite someone, even accidentally.  I don't know one person in rescue who hasn't been bitten, me included.  Does this mean the animals are necessarily bad or dangerous?  No.
Greenhill management's failure to properly identify and minimize kennel stress is the real issue here.  Dogs like Zander who did not arrive at the kennel with biting behaviors but acquired them over time, is Greenhill's fault, not the dog's.  Zander paid with his life, and was killed in secret, over Christmas, without notifying staff or volunteers. (Despite Cary's denial of this, volunteers told us this is their experience, and I believe them, staff were also unaware.)  Greenhill management can't even be transparent with their own staff or volunteers!
If Hercules was a court issue, and "dangerous to humans", why was he not wearing a PDD collar?  Why were volunteers allowed to spend time with him, snuggle with him, hand him treats as shown in this 16 minute video?

Why didn't Greenhill management reach out to every single rescue to see if they would take Hercules?  Did Hercules ever actually act aggressive, or is Greenhill calling Hercules aggressive because he warned people he was feeling tense?  You can't call a dog aggressive if they've never acted out aggressively.  What dog wouldn't feel tense at First Avenue?
At the January Advisory Meeting Cary mentioned some humane society in Colorado was recently sued because they adopted out a dog that bit someone. That is ONE example, no doubt there are others.  However that is hardly a good excuse to run around like Chicken Little and yelling to everyone the sky is falling, and leaving a huge pile of dead animals in your wake.