It’s not always nice to have certainty and continuity in our lives. Especially when it’s the certainty that the deadly farce that is animal/dog control in Pennsylvania will continue in the New Year.
It’s the same story: Government won’t pay for the service it is required by law to provide, forcing an animal shelter to choose between closing the doors to some or going bankrupt and closing the doors to all.
It’s the same response: The dog law brain trust in Harrisburg acts shocked and dismayed that to hear that police are euthanizing strays dogs with guns. You know, instead of shipping them off to an animal control facility to have it done for them quietly behind doors. Their shock is about as genuine as Claude Rains’ was in Casablanca when he announces he is shocked to learn that there is gambling in Rick’s establishment- as he is slipped his previous night’s winnings. Either some of those on the Dog Law Advisory Board are ignorant of the very law they “advise” on or they are liars. Take your pick, there’s no good choice.
And it’s the same victims: Dogs with no place to go, a public who thinks that when their government passes a law that requires strays to be picked up and housed by its police it will actually obey itself, and charitable animal shelters who get lectured for not “doing their job” by a government whose big accomplishment in 2011 was not passing a budget an entire year late. I’m pretty sure we all managed that, too. And did we mention all the cats and other animals which are ignored entirely because they aren’t covered under the “dog” law?
I guess we should just count our blessings that we don’t live in that town where they let your house burn if you didn’t pay your fire tax. Shhhhhh….I don’t want to give them any ideas.
Happy New Year!