Humane Society Draws A Line

'The Smith County Humane Society will refuse to work with Tyler Animal Control if it does not agree to remove the agency's head from his post, a representative of the organization said on Friday.

Humane Society Executive Director Gayle Helms said Gary Chambers would have to be transferred to a position where he was not directly responsible for the safety of animals before they would agree to continue shelter services for TAC.

TAC is run by the Northeast Texas Public Health District, and contracts with the city of Tyler to provide animal control services. The Humane Society operates the animal shelter, where TAC and county animal control officers drop off animals.

Chambers has been under investigation for animal cruelty following the death of an injured dog he left at the shelter.

Shelter employees claim Chambers dragged the unconscious dog by the neck with a control stick on June 1 and left the animal in a kennel at the shelter.

Two hours after the dog was brought in, the dog went into a seizure and died.

Questions were raised during the investigation as to whether the dog suffered from heat stoke or if excessive force was used. Why the humane society failed to administer any type of treatment to the animal has also been questioned.

There was no postmortem exam on the dog.

On Friday, local attorney and Humane Society volunteer Deborah Tittle-Dobbs issued a statement saying the Humane Society employees on duty when the animal was brought in acted appropriately.

'The shelter employees did the best they could to make the animal comfortable and monitor its possible recovery...' she said.'

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Do you think this Humane Society should refuse to house animals collected by Animal Control in their shelters, if the dog catchers are abusing the animals before bringing them in?
Humane Society Draws A Line

`The Smith County Humane Society will refuse to work with Tyler Animal Control if it does not agree to remove the agency`s head from his post, a representative of the organization said on Friday.

Humane Society Executive Director Gayle Helms said Gary Chambers would have to be transferred to a position where he was not directly responsible for the safety of animals before they would agree to continue shelter services for TAC.

TAC is run by the Northeast Texas Public Health District, and contracts with the city of Tyler to provide animal control services. The Humane Society operates the animal shelter, where TAC and county animal control officers drop off animals.

Chambers has been under investigation for animal cruelty following the death of an injured dog he left at the shelter.

Shelter employees claim Chambers dragged the unconscious dog by the neck with a control stick on June 1 and left the animal in a kennel at the shelter.

Two hours after the dog was brought in, the dog went into a seizure and died.

Questions were raised during the investigation as to whether the dog suffered from heat stoke or if excessive force was used. Why the humane society failed to administer any type of treatment to the animal has also been questioned.

There was no postmortem exam on the dog.

On Friday, local attorney and Humane Society volunteer Deborah Tittle-Dobbs issued a statement saying the Humane Society employees on duty when the animal was brought in acted appropriately.

`The shelter employees did the best they could to make the animal comfortable and monitor its possible recovery...` she said.`

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15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/9/07 - 9:53:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
not refuse but those workers should be under investigation!!!!!!!!!!!!
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/12/07 - 12:02:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, doesn't that just punish the poor animals who are refused?

Someone needs to kick that guys butt for doing that. Humans disgust me sometimes.

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/12/07 - 12:19:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/12/2007 12:02:09 PM xdonutx wrote:
Well, doesn't that just punish the poor animals who are refused?

That was my question. But, there isn't much of a Dog problem in Smith County. Right now they have to fairy them over the neighboring counties when they catch one, the animals are going fine, it's the dog catchers who are getting pissed...

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/12/07 - 1:17:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Humane Society should never refuse any animal housing.
I think it would be all the more reason to take the animals if dog catchers are hurting the animals..
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/12/07 - 3:06:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, because the animals will be even worse off then.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 8/13/07 - 6:34:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they had to be collected by animal control, they were most likely abused by whoever owned them, so no. They should take them in regardless.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 8/14/07 - 1:08:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I hate animals.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 8/14/07 - 2:02:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
The animal shouldn't be forced back out to the street to die. Punish the human, not the animal.

On 8/13/2007 6:34:53 PM pennywise wrote:
If they had to be collected by animal control, they were most likely abused by whoever owned them, so no. They should take them in regardless.

Animal control will pick up any animal that looks stray, not just abused animals.

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 8/14/07 - 1:15:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, that's silly.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 8/14/07 - 1:33:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think the Humane society is just trying to exert pressure on TAC...although, I have a pretty low opinion of the orgainization, so who knows? Maybe they mean it.
But where would they take the animals if the Humane society refused them? They'd have to find another shelter, or just stop picking up animals altogether, so it might be a good tactic to force change.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 10/17/07 - 2:21:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
That punishes the animals, not the dogcatchers...
14 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 6/4/08 - 8:12:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why refuse? It's not the fault of the animals. What should happen is someone should put their foot down on Animal Control. The persons responsible should be taken to court and not be allowed to have contact with animals anymore or jobs pertaining to contact with animals.



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