Wednesday, January 15, 2020
TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY ANIMAL CONTROL CRISIS!!! ACTIVISTS SHARE VIDEO OF ROAMING DOG PACK ATTACK!!!
A repeated call to action and consequences to recent privatization effort from 12th & Oak.
Here's a look at how the new shelter isn't helping increasingly dangerous local streets.
Dangers Increase for Residents As Stray Animals Are Left To Roam
Security camera footage shows a local woman in the northeast area of Kansas City being attacked by three loose dogs.
With fewer animal control officers in the wake of privatization and stray/aggressive animal calls not being dispatched regularly, threats to Kansas City residents are on the rise. Both SNKC and Chain of Hope continue to be very concerned.
“This shows the repercussions of not having enough officers on the streets after the vote to privatize our animal control department without an interim plan,” explained Michelle Rivera, founder and CEO of Spay and Neuter Kansas City (SNKC). “This isn’t the only incident we’re aware of and it’s scary. With animals being left on the streets now, it’s just a matter of time before something really awful happens.”
The security camera belongs to Linda Rowlette, who heard the woman screaming and ran outside to help. “We were watching TV, and we heard these dogs barking and someone screaming,” Linda said. “And we stepped out, and we seen her coming around to the passenger side of the car, and then she fell to the ground. And if we hadn’t come out there, those dogs would have mauled her. I mean, they would have hurt her badly. She told us she was not afraid of anything, but she said she thought she was going to lose her life right then and there.”
Rowlette also mentioned that this wasn’t the first attack she witnessed by those same dogs.
The city council voted to privatize animal control in June of 2019, and Kansas City began losing officers shortly thereafter. And because of privatization, those positions aren’t being refilled at the moment. That leaves fewer officers to handle the calls that come in, regardless of whether those calls are for stray, injured, aggressive or abused animals.
“There is an attempt right now to get temporary help at animal control,” says Rivera. “We appreciate the effort, of course, but honestly, it’s a really tough job that requires training. Who’s going to want to take a job that hard knowing it’ll just end?”
Both SNKC and Chain of Hope have been checking animal control calls on KCMO Open Data and have gone out on stray calls daily, impounding over 20 pets each and responding to over 50 calls each just the last 30 days.
Upon visiting the scene of the attack and talking to Ms. Rowlette, SNKC staff were able to obtain the video and also discovered that the dogs in question have attacked others in the last week as well as possibly killing other pets in the neighborhood. Staff also learned that the dogs are owned but escape from a backyard when the owner is at work and, in fact, observed them at large Wednesday evening. Staff also contacted animal control to help with the situation but it is uncertain of a response at this time.
Watch the video here.
SNKC is asking animal control officers from the greater Kansas City area (both sides of the state line) to call SNKC if they’re able to provide voluntary support to the organization during this crisis. .
Full disclosure: after obtaining the video, it was determined that Ms. Rowlette is related to a member of the SNKC staff.
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