Outsourcing pet adoptions requires vigilance from Manatee County

June 19, 2014 

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Alan and Sheree Napier listen during a case management hearing Wednesday at the Manatee County Courthouse.GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald

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A No Kill policy was established in Manatee County in 2011. County Animal Services began working with non-profit groups to encourage responsible people to adopt healthy animals and reduce euthanizing so many.

One nonprofit group selected to hold and care for animals began to continue the neglect and abuse suffered by the animals while being financed by the county and also receiving private donations as a nonprofit group.

Supposedly, the county received many complaints from the public about the continued abuse and neglect, but for whatever reason, they continued placing animals in horrendous conditions and nothing was done.

Criminal charges are still pending against Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary.

There are many questions that need to be addressed by Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker and Animal Services on why this facility was not providing the care and maintenance paid for by tax dollars for this outsourcing program.

This was also an offense to the public who seemed to be misled by the county into thinking that outsourcing was the way to go with no strings attached and that private groups could better provide the services of adoption.

The county cannot completely remove itself from any program that is paid for with tax dollars.

The June 11 editorial makes it seem as though the county is rehashing the same program. The No-Kill concept is great, and I hope that lessons have been learned from previous experiences.

Animals who were unwanted and victimized again and again deserve better than this. The No-Kill policy is a program of success, but it also carries continued responsibility and participation by the county and the nonprofit groups that provide the services.

Dolores A. Sauer

Palmetto

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