Animal advocates have spoken, and the news media has listened in the case of dogs being killed at Hillsborough County Animal Services in Tampa, Florida.
In an interview with ABC Action News Tampa, Scott Trebatoski, Animal Services Director stated
“Any animal at risk of being put down can be fostered at any time. Euthanasia for us is a last resort. If my staff has misinformed somebody, you know, I’ll take appropriate corrective action.”
ABC Action News also obtained an email between a Hillsborough County Animal Services employee and someone wishing to foster one of the dogs on the euthanasia list. This person was told the dog couldn’t be placed in foster and was adoption only.
Facebook: Rescue Me Tampa Shelter Dogs is a group not associated with HCAS, but dedicated to saving the lives of shelter dogs, posted the following on their wall on May 14
“To let everyone know, we had it in writing from them that they would allow fostering if they were full. They chose to break that agreement this month, resulting in dead dogs. Yes, we are devastated. We would not have saved them all, but they did not all have to die.”
This goes against Trebatoski’s statement to The Tampa Tribune in February 2014, where he promised his March 10 takeover of the shelter would aim to
“to build a community coalition focused on saving the lives of as many dogs and cats as possible.”
Shelter emails and board members can be found below.
Shelter emails are:
People on the County Board are:
Sandra Murman- firstname.lastname@example.org
Victor Crist- email@example.com
Les Miller Jr- firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Higginbotham- email@example.com
Ken Hagan- firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Beckner- email@example.com
Stacy White- firstname.lastname@example.org
The photo used in this article is Slick, who is set to be killed anytime after 9 a.m. May 18. If you can save Slick, please email email@example.com by 9 a.m. and please CC firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rescue Me Tampa is also asking that anyone who was turned down when asking to foster a dog to email them with their story.