The City of Rushville's investigation into the shelter is officially closed. The findings? They conclude, after investigating themselves (conflict of interest?), that Gabby was never at the Shelter, just a dog that Jamie took a photo of and lied about. They deny everything. Yet, Jack Hill, Head Dog Warden was placed on administrative leave and one of the reasons was "improper euthanasia practices". Wait, but Gabby didn't exist!! Well, maybe it was a carry over from the 4 previous dogs that had to be stuck in the heart multiple times before death was acheived.
They claim Jamie would not provide Gabby as evidence, was in fact "hiding" her. They do not acknowledge receipt of a certified letter sent to the Mayor, before the investigation concluded that contained the following conditions; That the City acknowledge that Gabby's foster mom was the lawful owner. That an INDEPENDENT vet examine Gabby with foster mom present. That the exam be done at the City's expense. That extensive testing had already been done and if the City would like to make use of those results they would be supplied a copy.
Not one of the witnesses on a list Jamie provided was ever questioned, or contacted.
Jamie may have been reinstated, but only because they knew they couldn't fire her without being sued under the Whistle Blower Protection Act, and they would face the wrath of the world. How long will Jamie hold her position at the shelter before she is fired for a bogus reason? Who knows.
We know this. That proof is coming, and the City isn't the only one's investigating. The wrong doing and lies will be exposed and the blame will fall squarely in the lap of Mayor Bridges and the City of Rushville, where it belonged all along.
This issue is bigger than Jamie and Gabby, it is about SHELTER REFORM. We demand that valid and lasting shelter reform begin IMMEDIATELY. We demand the City admit the truth and vindicate Jamie. So far the Mayor and Council only speak of how badly Jamie has made them and their city appear. I got news for you, YOU Mayor and Council have made yourself look bad, not Jamie and not "outsiders" who are bringing to light the issues. The Mayor and Council have never mentioned the horrible conditions at their shelter, the inhumane euthanasia practices that were formally reported to the Mayor on 2 previous occasions since September 2007, involving 1 border collie and 3 lab puppies.
It is telling that not once since the horrors of the Rushville Shelter became public has the Mayor or Council deemed it worthy enough to put on the Council Meeting Agenda. This, along with canceling public Council Meetings at the last minute with NO PUBLIC NOTICE, amount to willfully stifling public opinion and a blantant refusal to enter into meaningful dialogue. Not to mention a violation of our Constitutional Rights.
On January 1, 2008, Mayor Merv Bostic will inherit the shame. We encourage him to realize the opportunity he has to begin his term on a positive note, by making progressive and positive change at the shelter. The eyes of the world truly are on Rushville. Merv, you can have us carrying signs in front of the Courthouse or you can have us volunteer at the shelter, carrying mops, paint brushes and dog kennels. One way or another, we are here to stay.
Indifference turns clarity into denial. ~Quan Tracy Cherry
This is sooo sad. Here in Ohio, most of the Dog Wardens do the euthanisation themselves. Vets are not involved. They give them a class on how to do it, but don't provide the means to detect a heart beat. Most pounds do not have scales to weigh the dogs, so they have to "guess" if they are using drugs. Some pounds still use gas chambers.
Once again, I thank God for where I live, and the vets I have. When I had to euthanize 3 - 4 week old puppies, my vet did it, personally, mostly because the other 4 scattered at the time the deed was to be done. Jean (my vet) took each pup and gave it a sedative which almost knocked them out completely. She then gave them a shot straight into the heart musle. She said that they did'nt feel a thing, and the whole staff spent all day carrying them around feeling so bad for them, and me. That's the way all vet clinics should work. There is absolutely no excuse for the barbaric treatment of these dogs.