Category Archives: animals

Spay and Neuter Awareness

I am getting fed up of seeing cowards surrendering their pets at the door steps of animal rescues or veterinarian offices.  I would like to see greater awareness of spay and neuter programs in our area.

I would like local water agencies to partner with their local animal control agency to promote those spay and neuter events or even animal care events such as any vaccines since it would be an easy way to reach out to the general public. One small flyer bundled in should not add anything except the cost to insert the flyers into the bills.

Let your city council and or water agency know about this idea so we can make this happen state wide.

For communities such as San Bernardino, I would like to see incentives such as offering fast food or grocery cards for people who spay and neuter their pets such as 15 dollars for 1 animal and 25 if you bring in more than 1. Maybe maximum of two vouchers per household, but it would lead to people wanting to do something beneficial for their animals. I do not expect the city to pay for a program like this, but if it could be underwritten by donations maybe it could lead to a meaningful impact so we can reduce the number of unwanted pets in an economically crippled city.

Animal Welfare Bill Idea

Idea: Promote trap, neuter and release to the 10 animal control facilities in Northern and Southern California with the highest kill rates of cats.

Offer aid to those facilities to run these programs for three years. To do 25-40 male and female cats bi-monthly to help curb feline overpopulation.

If the budget is impacted, we could make it where we could do matching funds for counties and cities.

The goal is to reduce the number of felines in our pounds populating the cages so we can reduce future generations populating our animal control facilities.

The plan is to fund the program for 3 years, then get the program reviewed to see how effective it is before it could be renewed for another 3 years.

The idea is a winning idea for many cities already, but some cities and counties need a nudge to do the right thing.

If it works for Rancho Cuccamonga and Oakland, it should work for a cash strapped city such as San Bernardino who would be open to it, or a reluctant county such as San Bernardino who would likely consider it if they had the money.

Saving Taxpayer Money with CATS

As a constituent of Supervisor Hagman I wanted to ask for his help in improving animal services in our county in particular when it comes to cats. I asked my supervisor to work with his colleagues to make their animal control centers work as effectively as Pomona’s Inland Valley Humane Society which services many cities in our district.

After waiting a week, I got an answer that was not helpful back. The letter only regurgitated what the Inland Valley Humane Society does and did not discuss what the county could do to reduce the number of cats that populate the animal services facilities. I was asking for the county to do a trial on trap, neuter and return so we can reduce the endless population of unwanted felines and reduce the number we have to put down which would help save taxpayer’s money.

I thought a supervisor like mine would value the idea of saving taxpayer money. Or maybe Greg Devereaux is not letting my supervisor be the supervisor he can be for the people of our district.

To be fair to the supervisor, some of the shelter managers in the county system are entrenched which makes implementing reforms very difficult and some of these managers are beloved by some of the other supervisors. I am not expecting instant salvation, but we need to acknowledge the problem and do solutions that could make a horrendous problem not as horrendous.

Senior Animals Deserve Respect Too

Elderly animals deserve a pernament home too.

Saw a heartbreaking photo on my Facebook feed. An owner surrendered a 16 year old dog to the Carson Shelter because they did not feel that they could take care of an elderly dog. Owning a dog or cat is a huge responsibility for up to 18 years at the most.

This dog will likely be adopted by a photographer who takes pictures of animals at shelters and since older dogs have medical needs just like humans, it will take some philanthropy to make sure this dog can have the best few months to a few years of life.

If you adopt an animal it might be a good idea to set up a savings account to prepare for any major medical expenses if possible so you can enjoy your animal from its journey from life to natural death without having to worry much about the aftereffects that may cause people to do irrational things.

An Appeal To Help a Worthy Cause

The High Desert has had it economically worse than other parts of the Inland Valley. There is one charity that is trying their best in a never ending struggle to make the lives of the homeless, low income and  unemployed of the High Desert better in the aspect of the welfare of their animals.

The efforts of the Mojave Desert Animal Rescue have been helpful in helping to reduce the unwanted animal population in their area by helping to make sure people do not have to surrender their animals due to economic duress. . Without support from people like you, they might  have to turn down a few people. Even four or five dollars would be greatly appreciated.

The organization also runs a food bank for dogs and cats to make sure the furry companions have a bite to eat in these rough times.

They also have some animals for adoption including dogs and cats.

New Legislation Needed for Animal Cruelty in San Bernardino County

After Judge Larry W. Allen gave a slap on the wrist to the 17 year old miscreant that had arson and animal cruelty charges on the pit bull puppy known as Valentine, people are wondering what solutions we would need to make sure situations like this would not happen again.

New county code should be added to make it where some jail time should be required. I understand our jails are overcrowded due to the state and local budgets being constrained, but giving that 17 year old even 1 week in jail would be better including the probation.  County laws should ask for jail time if any limbs get removed, death of the animal and medical care ends up costing over a given amount of money. However for someone that young, perhaps paying retribution for Valentine’s medical care should have been required even if it has to take five or ten years for the individual to pay the money back.

People who abuse animals usually end up abusing humans. Take for example the porn star from Canada who is an international fugitive after he killed a person and sent its body parts to Canadian governmental officials. He started off making snuff films about kittens being killed by snakes and now he is murdering people.

Write and call your local San Bernardino County supervisors to ask for reforms in relation to this issue.

Judge Makes Bad Move on Animal Cruelty Case

No Justice For Valentine

Recently in February there was a dog from the High Desert named Valentine due to being found around that time that was severely abused. The dog ended up losing one paw due to the abuse that a 17 year old boy ended up giving this dog. Sadly animal cruelty does lead to abuse on humans and the judge responsible for the case ended up giving this young man a very light sentence.

1 year probation, no ownership of any animals for a year and 40 hours of community service which was a literal slap on the wrist. I would of at least seen 6 months in jail, 5 years of no animal ownership and 400 hours of community service at least. And the judge did not let the volunteer group Sounds of Silent Spirits that took care of the tortured dog testify on the dog’s behalf to explain what did the boy actually do to the dog.

The San Bernardino County Superior Court  judge Larry W. Allen who made this verdict sadly is unopposed where he is not on the ballot this June and if you want to boot him you will need to recall him or find a new judicial candidate to run against him in 2018.

There is an event in Lucerne Valley if you want to share your support for the dog and her supporters.

Pioneer Park in Lucerne Valley just west of Barstow Rd. on HWY 247. Everyone is welcome to attend. Come and meet Valentine.

Keep on Calling State Legislators about Hayden’s Law

The reality of repealing the reforms

Like a zombie, this issue is not going to go away. The state budget is 8 billion more than anticipated at 16 billion and certain programs are going to be curtailed or abolished in the Governor’s May budget revision and the Hayden Law is on the chopping block. Please call your state legislators in California and encourage them not to abolish the Hayden Law on shelter animals which gives animals at least 6 business days to make sure lost pets at least can get claimed by their owners or give the animals a fair chance to find a home before the sad reality hits.

This issue was previously covered on my blog here. The Hayden Law has been suspended until we can afford to pay its mandates, but abolishing the Hayden Law is going to be worse because we would have to pass this legislation all over again and animals would lose protections permanently until we do so.

If you want to find out who your legislator is you should visit this link here.

If you want to know if you are lucky enough to have a member of the Assembly or State Senate budget committee representing you visit them.

I have some solutions to help ease the issue to make a compromise on this issue. We could lower the hold time from six business days to five business days. Second, we could add a nominal fee to the dog and cat licenses or kennel fees that cities, counties and contracted agencies charge to help pay for what the Hayden Law does. I was suggesting 25 cents extra each year for senior licenses and 50 cents extra each year for regular licenses and 2-5 bucks extra each year for kennel licenses.

Super Senior May at the San Bernardino County Animal Services Centers

During the month of MAY, senior citizens can adopt a mature pet from one of the county’s three animal shelters, at little or no cost (licensing fees do apply). Mature pets are two years or older.
Help homeless pets to find loving homes and seniors to find great companions in this wonderful adoption event sponsored by the Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF).

19777 Shelter Way  San Bernardino, CA 92314 909-887-8055 *

* This facility is traditionally the final stop for the county’s homeless animal population so if you find an animal you want go get it as soon as possible.

42080 N. Shore Drive  Big Bear City, CA 92314  (909) 866-4943

19575 Bear Valley Road Apple Valley, CA 92307 (760) 961-7535

So if you know of a senior who would like a furry friend of their own please let them know about this opportunity.

There are plenty of pets who would urgently love to have a home of their own!

Good News from the Mercy’s Animal Rescue Situation

From the Mercy’s K9 Page:

Ruby’s son-in Law took Josie to the Ramona shelter today and Kita, Mary and Becky have all been adopted into families. Little Bailey, Pee-Wee and Baby were the only ones left and they went home with Josie tonight.

Just as in any charitable organization there are good people and misguided people, ask questions before you invest money into an organization.

Basically the situation has a decent ending. I encouraged one of their biggest volunteers to consider supporting one of the best rescue group’s in San Bernardino County Tanya’s.