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Distressed Boone County resident reports painful struggle reclaiming her dog from IndyHumane

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Customer service is the signature of any business. Nowhere is it more important than when dealing with people in distress — which is why we found this incident so disturbing.

It involves a woman’s attempt to retrieve her lost dogs, which had been taken to IndyHumane — the new identity the Humane Society of Indianapolis has chosen. Their website proclaims that

We respect every animal that comes through our door as a valued life…

We recognize the strong bond between humans and animals and are compassionate in the decisions we make and the actions we take that impact that relationship.

We can be trusted to do what we say we will do. We tell the truth, even when it may be painful. We make decisions based on what we believe is the right thing to do for the animals, their owners and their prospective owners.

But Ashley Scott, the Boone County resident who became separated from her dogs, discovered that just because an organization has “humane” in its name doesn’t necessarily mean that is reflected in its practices. Instead of compassion, Ms. Scott was treated with suspicion and rudeness, and threatened with having her precious pets turned over to Indianapolis Animal Care & Control where, as they pointed out, “they euthanize dogs every other day.”

That doesn’t sound like valuing the animal’s life, respecting the strong bond between humans and animals, or being compassionate in decision-making to us.

Read Ashley Scott’s story here.

There seems to be a vast disconnect between IndyHumane’s projected image and reality.

Humane: characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed.

Empathy: the capacity to recognize feelings that are being experienced by another sentient being. Someone may need to have a certain amount of empathy before they are able to feel compassion.

Neither of these qualities, however much they are trumpeted on IndyHumane’s website, was apparent in the interaction Ms. Scott had with the people representing IndyHumane. Threatening to send her dog to a kill shelter as a psychological weapon is profoundly disappointing. Add to that the lack of compassion shown to the woman who was just trying to save an animal’s life, and the resulting picture certainly doesn’t match the values and vision IndyHumane claims.

Painting a warm and fuzzy picture of loving, compassionate care and everything being “all about the animals” is an outstanding way to entice people to open their wallets. But when the reality contradicts the image, it’s deception. Whether intentional or not.

One has to wonder — what if, unbeknownst to the people she was dealing with, Ms. Scott had been a generous donor?

John Aleshire, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Indianapolis and ordained minister in the United Methodist Church has it right when he says

“We can’t be the Humane Society if we’re not showing respect, love and compassion. These are as natural to us as breathing.”

We agree, Mr. Aleshire. At least, with the first sentence.


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New Animal Care and Control Administrator

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

move to ACT welcomes Daniel T. Shackle as the new administrator of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

Although Mr. Shackle has no experience in the animal care and control arena, he should none-the-less be given a chance. Everyone starts somewhere.

As a newcomer not acquainted with what awaits him, his eyes will be opened with that constant pile of carcasses that he’ll have the opportunity to witness every day. Mayor Ballard expresses confidence that “he would continue to notch gains in the live release rate and other progress ….”

Progress at IACC is low hanging fruit. As a code enforcement lawyer, Mr. Shackle should be able to not miss the many deficiencies of the building, starting with an antiquated HVAC system that circulates virulence throughout the building infecting about every healthy animal that is there longer than a few hours. Adopters and rescue organizations spend hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in veterinary costs to treat these ailments once they’ve acquired an animal from IACC.

Unlike at-large City County Councillor John Barth and IndyHumane CEO John Aleshire who reserve judgement until they meet with Mr. Shackle and “learn more about his plans,” mtA does not feel the need to hear Mr. Shackle’s plans. Talk is cheap. It is actions that speak louder than words.

If Mayor Ballard is correct that “Dan is a get-things-done kind of leader and passionate about animals… and demonstrates his ability to problem solve…” then let’s give him a chance and help this guy out instead of cutting him off at the knees before he gets his feet under him.

September 21, 2012 – Fundraiser at Milano for Kilo and Magnum

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Friends ~ Here is the latest flyer for the fundraiser at Milano for Kilo and Magnum ~ If you would be so kind as to post anywhere you can I would so greatly appreciate it…..I spoke with Matt Jerret this morning, he is the Police Officer whose Police partner Magnum was shot and killed in the line of duty and he told me that the guys at APD are very much looking forward to the event and are very appreciative as well.

As all of you are aware I am very passionate about animals and helping all of you in your endeavors to rescue our beloved four legged friends. I pledge that I will continue my efforts as well into the future. Maybe I found my calling ~ Anyways these Gentleman risk their lives and the lives of their Police Canines each and every day to keep “US” safe from harms way.

They need to know from all of US just how much we appreciate all that they do ~