Petition To Improve Conditions At Odessa Animal Control

Petition To Improve Conditions At Odessa Animal Control

ODESSA -- "Odessa Animal Control has almost an 85-percent euthinazia rate, meaning less than one point five out of every ten dogs makes it out of the shelter alive," said Holly Dool, an independent rescuer for Caring for Animals of Midland-Odessa.
ODESSA -- "Odessa Animal Control has almost an 85-percent euthination rate, meaning less than one point five out of every ten dogs makes it out of the shelter alive," said Holly Dool, an independent rescuer for Caring for Animals of Midland-Odessa.

To help lower that count, Dool put together a petition.

Since mid-December, it's already received more than thousand signatures.

"When you have an animal control that is putting down, euthinizing over 5500 animals in a 10-month span, that is a ridiculous amount, it really is. And, so that to me, is a ...it needs a change," said Elise Schultz, a volunteer for animal rescue groups.

Elise Schultz, originally from Chicago, says she's never heard of so many animals being out down in a short time.

Odessa Animal Control recently passed an inspection but, Dool says it has nothing to do with how well they try to adopt out animals.

"The biggest thing is that Odessa Animal Control does not seem to put themselves out there as an animal control office that is going to promote animal adoptions within the community. They're not making an effort to be sure they are adopting out healthy animals," Schultz said.

The petition outlines five main things needs to lower the euthinazia rates.

First, hire a shelter director, someone with a background in animal welfare.

Second, hire a licensed veterinarian to provide basic vetting care.

Third and hire a rescue coordinator to organize pet adoption events and bring attention to the shelter.

Fourth, create a a vaccination program.

And lastly, invest in microchip scanning,which Dool says the shelter just recently started.

"It's kind of sad that it would take so many people, basically pleading for and demanding a change and even now, I feel like the word they have put out is that they don't think there is anything wrong and they don't think to make any changes. And to me, that is a huge concern," Schultz said.

According to Dool, the shelter implementing these standards will help improve conditions for all animals.

And eventually, possibly get a new and bigger shelter in the future, something dool says the city needs for its animals.

"The shelter is small, they only have 36 kennels in the adoptables building. And there's usually 100 to 120 dogs in that building so, the dogs are sharing kennels with sometimes six or seven other dogs," Dool said.

Dool says another problem animal control faces is that it is under the police department where it doesn't really have much of a priority.

"I believe that it needs to be removed out from underneath the police department and be run by community services because it really should be more of a community service," said Dool.


If you would like to learn more or sign the petition, click here.

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