Saturday, June 02, 2012

"Woman's nose eaten by fleas; Animals will now be removed"

I'm a little late in the game with this one, but here's the latest:
Neighbors say Bexar County is finally taking responsibility two weeks after an elderly woman was removed from her home after her skin was eaten away by fleas.

A Northwest Bexar County neighborhood begged county agencies for more than a year to help the woman.

There’s now a plan to care for the several animals she kept on the property.


A[nimal] C[are] S[ervices] says it removed two dogs at the request of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office on May 21. Since then, the hold-up has been a warrant to gain legal access to the property.

ACS officer Jeanne Martinez says the agency now has the warrant and a plan.

"We're working in cooperation with the neighbor and we're going to be taking the traps out to him,” she says. “He will be watching over the traps to make sure the animals are safe once they're caught."

(from WOAI-TV)

I don't know what anyone else's experience with ACS is, but mine is that they are barely engaged with the citizens they are supposed to be serving. Wild animal in your yard? Call someone else. Stray cat or dog causing problems? Trap it yourself, get it spayed or neutered, then release it back into your own neighborhood. Need to give up a pet, for any reason? Fork over some money, first, and then make an appointment for the convenient day of Wednesday. Any other problems? Don't bother us.

But, I do have to hand it to ACS for the following tip on how to safely bring in your cat for surrender:
Felines must be in a carrier or pillow case
Heh heh heh. Shouldn't they always?


AlanDP said...

The secret is to tell them it's a "pit bull" no matter what kind of animal it is.

Albatross said...

I've heard that before.