To the Editor:
The Companion Animal Protection Society has received complaints about the shelter in DeKalb County. People have made claims that the dogs are not properly taken care of. After witnessing the dogs in the outside kennels for two hours one Sunday afternoon, (with temperatures above 90 degrees) barking and barking the entire time, I can see why these claims are valid. There was no attempt to calm the dogs down, and no water was given to them to help with the heat.
I was in the shelter the following Tuesday to see if there were disclosures about the animals. There was nothing. The volunteer told me to talk to Roberta about the animals.
I have a dog that is dog-aggressive, and I was hoping to get one out of this place but could not because I have no idea of the history of the animal.
I then went in to speak to Roberta, and she told me she didn’t have to disclose where the dogs come from. She said the Illinois Department of Agriculture is fine with this. That is breaking the Illinois Animal Welfare Act. It may be fine with the state, but this shelter does have a special use permit that the county oversees. The county should step up and demand she obey the law. Is the county OK with all special use permits breaking the law?
I honestly felt like I was talking to some dictator when I was speaking to Roberta. She was rude, and nothing she said could possibly be wrong.
Signs that a new director is needed at a shelter:
• The director does not have the shelter open on the weekends. It closes at noon on Saturday and Sunday. This is horrible, when are people who work all week supposed to adopt?
• Dogs are not on social media; 99 percent of shelters constantly advertise the animals for a great turnover. Social media has saved many lives.
• There are no disclosures stating where the animal came from, what medicine it needs, does it get along with other animals, etc.
• The board meetings are kept a secret.
• The director controls everything and will not accept any help or advice.
• The animals are not cared for, and nobody can change that except the director.
A new director is needed with fresh eyes and an open mind. It’s for the animals. Speak up.
Illinois director of the Companion Animal Protection Society