As a former rescue group president from Georgia, I was thrilled to move to a county that was advocating a No-Kill policy. My enthusiasm was short-lived unfortunately.
The more I watched and read the news and talked to other animal lovers, it became apparent that I was looking through rose-colored glasses.
Most complaints about Napier's rescue organization and Manatee County's shelter may have been investigated, but were they wearing blinders? Puppies with no water? Ammonia and feces stench, an employee of the shelter holding a chair in the air and kicking at a dog that was being played with by a potential adopter that day?
This is just a sample of the complaints. How many red flags need to go up?
Never miss a local story.
If this involved children or the elderly, I doubt these employees and investigators would be getting a mere reprimand.
Come on Manatee County. This may not be a perfect world as portrayed by Norman Rockwell, but it is time to take off the blinders and be a voice for the voiceless.