This blog is formed for the intent of publicizing the plight of animals in Greene County, Indiana. Concerned Citizens have formed a seperate, all volunteer, non-profit animal welfare group- MIDWEST FRIENDS OF ANIMALS- in order to attempt to take action for the many abused, neglected and unwantd animals thrown away on a daily basis in Greene County.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Since finding posting of meetings of the local shelter are difficult, as they are not run in the newspaper, we'll attempt to post what we believe to be the gist of the meetings here.

On Tuesday the 16th, it was stated that the dog which they were taking 'offers' on had found a home and 'offers' were no longer being taken. Shelter Manager, Rene Abram, stated the animal was off the market and a good home was found for the dog, and the shelter had met the adopters in person at the shelter and were comfortable with them. The shelter insists this was not an 'auction', that they were just 'taking offers'. (?) It is our opinion they were not able/or simply would not, grasp the reasoning behind why this was an inappropriate thing for a 'humane society to do'.

The board officers and members were stated at the following:
President- Andrea McCann, Linton, Indiana
Vice President- Kathy Crouch, Bloomfield, Indiana
Sec/Treasurer (combined)- Martina Swaby, Linton Indiana
Board members-
Lana Robertson- BuckTown(or Buck Creek?) Indiana
Troy Jerrells- Linton Police Chief (stayed for initial 20 minutes of meeting)
Rene Abram- Owensburg (shelter manager)
Dr. Scott Borters of Bloomfield Veterinary Clinic (absent)

Also in attendence were 2 area wildlife rehabilitators, the leader/organizer of a jr. humane society effort, 2 vet techs from the local vet office in Linton.
-Extensive discussion was had on our opinion of the importance of finding a way to alter animals before they leave the shelter. The vet techs offered to help transport to their clinic. No decisions were made and the urgency of the matter was not agreed upon.

-We are reviewing notes on more subjects covered now. I don't remember getting a clear answer as to what method of screening adopters they were using and if they were doing it with each adoption.

- We asked about the status of ever seeing a 'Standard Operating Procedure' manual in place at the shelter and it was reported it was being worked on currently.

Discussion was had at great length on the procedures for helping neglected /abandoned animals. The shelter board is insistent that they CANNOT remove an animal, even one in immediate danger, without police presence. Board member and County Commissioner emphatically stated the Prosecutors office will NOT prosecute cases submitted by them, it must be fully documented and presented by police/sheriff dept. The board member who is the local chief of police had left by then and clear answers were not attainable. Discussion of recruiting police /sheriff auxilary volunteers to assist was discussed.

Members renews their membership.


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