Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor, asks that Martin residents please read the letter to the editor below and then sign an online petition to encourage Martin County Commissioners to commit to reducing euthanasia of stray and abandoned animals to 0% and ensure that taxpayer dollars for animal impoundment are not given to organizations that refuse to subscribe to Target Zero (Countdown to Zero, Paws to Zero) or similar programs aimed at reducing euthanasia in our County.
Here’s the link to sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/
Please forward it to your friends.
Letter: Martin County should move toward ‘no kill’ animal policies
Keri Burgess, Palm City
Regarding a recent Martin County Commission meeting on the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, I would like to thank all the commissioners for their time. In particular, I appreciate the ongoing support of Commissioner John Haddox, a true champion for the animals of Martin County.
Last year, Commissioner Haddox was directly involved in creating the new “no-tether ordinance.” At the May 24 meeting, he also spoke up about Martin County becoming a “no-kill county.”
Many people came forward to speak during the commissioners’ meeting after a two-month criminal investigation into HSTC, specifically in regard to the lack of proper staff involvement resulting in inhumane euthanasia practices, among other serious issues.
This should be an opportunity for animal rescuers to come together to make improvements. I have dear friends who are fosters for HSTC and they are exceptional and do an outstanding job.
The allegations regarding HSTC were hard to hear but the public needs to understand that taxpayer dollars; $47,000 per month ($560,000 annually), go to the HSTC. Yet they are currently running at a 48 percent euthanasia rate, and their director has a salary of over $150,000 a year.
It would be wonderful to see a portion of funding go toward required spay/neuter, TNR programs and licensing restrictions for backyard breeders.
This is an opportunity for us to implement new programs and licensing requirements that will assist in reducing the pet overpopulation.
If we do not look for a solution to pet overpopulation we will be right back here in five years talking about taxpayer dollars and euthanasia rates all over again.
This is an opportunity for animal rescuers to come together for the betterment of all the animals entrusted in our care.
We are better than this, Martin County.