No excuse for animal cruelty

No excuse for  animal cruelty

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you.”— Job 12:7 

Likely, if one were able to ask the dogs, cats and other animals at the Port Arthur Animal Control, they would say the conditions there have been cruel and inhumane for some time. And it would be no surprise if these living creatures would rather die than suffer at the hands of those who seem to have such a callous disregard for innocent creatures that have done nothing more wrong than to become a stray.

This week, The Examiner exposed the horrors it uncovered in Port Arthur and is now calling for a criminal investigation into what even the police department has documented as “cruel.”

Leaving animals to rot in the back of a pickup truck in the sweltering Southeast Texas sun not only shows a lack of decency, but it is also dangerous and unsanitary. But what is even more unforgivable is locking animals in cages without food or water and forcing them to endure the smell of the decaying carcasses piled just a few feet away.

One would think that society would be better than that, but it certainly isn’t the case with Port Arthur Animal Control. And when the inhumane treatment was pointed out to the employees of that department, they were more concerned about filing trespassing charges against a reporter than they were about the half-dozen cats and other animals they had left overnight in cages for hours without food or water.

Regardless of whether the people reading this editorial consider themselves animal lovers, surely everyone can agree there is no excuse for what has been found in Port Arthur.

There is only one way to describe the conditions at Port Arthur Animal Control, and that is “horrific.” While Port Arthur’s city leaders are outraged over what has been uncovered, the investigation into the animal control division must go beyond some simple administrative review. It is the hope of this newspaper that the city manager will enlist the help of the Port Arthur Police Department to ensure those responsible for the mistreatment of these animals are brought to justice.

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Comments

Amazing!

"One would think that society would be better than that, but it certainly isn’t the case with Port Arthur Animal Control." I applaud this editor for taking on this issue and reporting it. However, does anyone really think this statement has merit? Society CANNOT treat each other in appropriately because of the color of one's skin, ethnicity, religion, etc. How do you expect people to treat animals, who have no voice or defense, with respect? Applause for the folks behind bringing this horrific truth to light. Keep fighting, you're the only hope these animals have.

Incompetence

All of that dumb shit started when fat lazy wench Pat Laverne took over the shelter. I'm glad they booted her ass out of there.

Was she the only one to get

Was she the only one to get booted out of there? What about that piece of scum who goes around shooting innocent dogs?
does anyone know if criminal charges are being filed against those responsible for these horrors?

What has been done or what IS

What has been done or what IS being done? I have tried to contact the City Manager and the Mayor and guess what??? No response---now should that really surprise me?!?!? I did hear back from one Councilman. God bless him. But I still have no answers to my questions.

Not Surprising At All

I've witnessed first hand the Animal Control people come out and kill someone's dog with a .22 underneath a house while only a young child was in the house. The people who have participated in such inhumane acts shall definitely be punished for what they've done. Everyone is responsible, because I guarantee they all knew what was going on.

Thank you for exposing this

Thank you for exposing this house of horrors known as the Port Arthur Dog Pound. I have worked with organizations that have rescuing unwanted animals from this place for a long time..what they have seen is beyond your worst nightmares. The staff is sadistic and cruel with an attitude of 'who cares? we are gonna kill 'em anyway'.

animal cruelty Port Arthur

Thank you so much for exposing this horrible place and person. Please keep pressure on them and keep them on the minds of this community. I am a
PETA member and I am calling them today about this. They probably already have heard. I just cannot believe they left this guy in the position after they already knew he shot a dog.

Once again Thank you for reporting this!!!!!

Fire 'em!

Every one of these turds should be canned immediately! - I'd bet Ms. Prince could find some new folks to run the operation much better and with a lot more compassion without too much trouble!

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