News Sims Decides Animal Shelters Need Improvement After All
posted by April 11 at 15:24 PMon
King County Executive Ron Sims (last seen ranting bizarrely that a consultant who did a report on the sorry state of King County’s animal shelters was a single-issue zealot who operated from an anti-euthanasia “playbook”) has apparently had a change of heart. (Among other things, the consultant found kennels covered in urine and feces; sick animals that were “not provided the rudiments of food or water for over 24 hours and possibly longer”; bowls of food and water that stayed empty for days; piles of dog waste all over the dogs’ exercise yard; and dogs “languishing in [their] own waste.”)
Yesterday, in what county staffers referred to as a “kumbaya press conference,” Sims agreed to release $965,000 to improve the deplorable conditions at the county-run shelter in Kent. The county’s animal control program had never spent more than $500,000 in donations it received to improve conditions in the program. The money will pay for improved shelter and medical care, new dog runs, and more staff. Yesterday’s announcement should cool the temperature at next Monday’s town hall meeting in Burien, which you can read all about here.