Letters to the Editor

Is Manatee County Animal Services back to unwarranted euthanasia of dogs?

Haili Brooks spends time with Wildflower, a dog that was recently injured and is currently being treated at Manatee County Animal Services in Palmetto. 
 GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald
Haili Brooks spends time with Wildflower, a dog that was recently injured and is currently being treated at Manatee County Animal Services in Palmetto. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald gjefferies@bradenton.com

Records reveal that since Oct. 1, some 29 dogs and 18 cats were killed at Manatee County Animal Services. Various reasons are listed for killing them, including aggression.

We know that one dog killed was named Wawa and this dog was out playing with the Manatee High School cheerleaders when they were promoting an adoption event. This pup also had a behavior evaluation that states the opposite of aggression; it states playful and fun.

I am sick that we are back to killing large amounts of animals for space. I recall that Animal Services was given over $300,000 not that long ago to get moving on fixing problems, and now back to square one.

I recall that the Matrix report cost $50,000 just to complete, to do a survey, make recommendations. That is like a year's salary for many people!

Whether or not you believe in and support "No-Kill," I hope you can feel something for this latest group of homeless animals lost forever. There were many different breeds on this kill list, not just pit bull-type dogs, for anyone claiming we are overrun with pit bulls.

I can't make sense of this. I can't come to grips with this culture of killing for convenience and space. We need to try harder, not return to what was.

What this county does need to do is to have mandatory spay and neuter. (It will be a start.)

"Backyard breeding" is out of control. There are puppies and kittens for sale all over Facebook, Craigslist and swap shops, daily. These animals are being sold without health certificates and without being spayed or neutered. We need breeding license laws and enforce them.

Please, support local rescues. If you would like to adopt a dog at MCAS, you can find them here: www.mymanatee.org/pets.

Lisa Williams

Bradenton

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