County Web site to include pictures of adoptable animals
The board issued the order at its Tuesday, Oct. 17 meeting, after a plea from Westwood resident Eileen Spencer.
Spencer asked the board to have county staff post the online pictures to give the public access to what animals are available for adoption. She said the Web attention would increase the possibility of animals being adopted.
“I recently formed a Lassen Animal Rescue,” Spencer told the board on Tuesday, Oct. 17. “We did this out of necessity because adoptable animals were being killed at the Lassen County Animal Shelter every week.”
She brought an American foxhound to the meeting, saying the dog would have been killed if it hadn’t been rescued.
“Gives these dogs a chance,” Spencer said. “Activate your Web site. You have it there.”
Animal shelter staff already take pictures and write a description of each animal brought to the shelter, she said. However, when someone clicks on the animal shelter tab at co.lassen.ca.us/animal_mission.htm, the only response is “URL not found.”
Spencer said someone brought her a puppy the night before the meeting that was being kicked by its owner.
“This is what my new group is all about; we’re going to rescue animals, but you have to do your part, too,” she said, adding people could adopt animals from the Web site.
“The system isn’t interested right now,” Spencer said, “because it’s too easy to kill them.”
Board Chairman Bob Pyle asked who would be responsible to post the pictures and descriptions on the county Web site.
“I would remind, Mr. Chairman, that in the budget not only did we add an additional animal control position to go out and work with animals in the field,” said Supervisor Jim Chapman, “but we also added an additional staff person in the office to be able to do that.”
Chapman added, “They can’t say they don’t have the staff because we gave them two whole bodies.”
Pyle agreed, “The staff is there to accommodate what Mrs. Spencer is asking.”
The chairman asked County Administrative Officer John Ketelsen to work with Public Works Director Larry Millar to get the pictures on the Web site.
Spencer also said she is turning away volunteers who want to work at the animal shelter because the county hasn’t produced a liability release form the volunteers must sign before working for the county without pay.
County Counsel Craig Settlemire said he would work with Millar to make it available. Chapman asked Settlemire to expedite getting the form to the volunteers.
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