Animal activist rally against euthanizations
POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:44pm
Animal rights activists called for the firing of the Harris County Veterinary Public Health director at Commissioners Court Tuesday, citing a recent report from the county attorney that documented violations of state law in the shelter's euthanasia practices.
Prior to last fall, the report states, dogs and cats were put down within view of other animals, in some cases with used needles. Both practices violate state law, according to the report, which says shelter staff referred to the euthanasia process as an "assembly line."
The report says the shelter's procedures have been brought into compliance with state law, but that did not calm "no-kill" activists, who called for Veterinary Public Health Director Dawn Blackmar to be fired and indicted. Some also called for the ouster of Public Health Services Executive Director Dr. Herminia Palacio, Blackmar's supervisor.
Read more here at The Houston Chronicle.