Welcome to Police State America, where the government kidnaps your pet and demands a ransom or a ‘fine’. Don’t pay it? That’s fine we’ll just murder your pet!
In a number of cities across the country, animal control agencies are aggressively going after pet owners with big fines for small violations. Some hold people’s pets until they settle their bills, even if it means they end up killed. Others leave the dogs alone but issue arrest warrants for owners who can’t pay up.
A CNNMoney analysis of active warrants from a sampling of 15 cities and counties across the country found thousands of outstanding warrants for small pet-related offenses.
They are threatening people. They are intimidating people.”
— Kim Maguire-Hardee, a local activist who runs a low-cost spay and neuter clinic
Threatening & intimidating people, does this sound like any agency you know? If you guessed Homeland Security (DHS) give yourself a gold star. Police departments across the country run or work with animal control agencies. The scary reality is, DHS is collecting revenue and killing your pets!
The infractions can include failing to license a pet, owning a dog that barks a lot, or accidentally letting an animal get loose in the neighborhood. But the penalties are serious, often amounting to hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
So are the consequences. When owners of seized or lost dogs can’t afford to get their pets back, they relinquish their rights to the animal, which can result in a pet being murdered or ‘euthanized’ by authorities.
Outraged pet owners and animal rights attorneys say these harsh tactics are all about generating money and unfairly impact low-income Americans.
But animal control agencies, which are run by local governments or contractors, say the fees and fines they collect help them to do their jobs and pay for things like storing animals. They also say their rules are meant to encourage responsible pet ownership and keep neighborhoods and animals safe.
Local governments working with private companies, to balance their budgets what could possibly go wrong?
Stockton, Calif. euthanized more than 75% of animals at the shelter in 2012. They’re being sued by an animal rights group that alleges animal abuse, though the shelter says many of the allegations were already being addressed, wink, wink.
In some cases, dogs don’t even have to leave the yard for animal control to come calling.
Last year, Riverside County, Calif. inspectors incited controversy for going door-to-door and giving out citations of up to $400 per dog in Indio’s low-income and mainly Hispanic neighborhoods. In some cases, they cited people for failing to have their pets licensed, sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped without even seeing the animals.
Riverside County told CNNMoney that this was part of its ongoing enforcement efforts across the county and residents could avoid paying the fines by fixing the violation within 30 days. While there are some low-cost options available for sterilization and other procedures, local advocates said waiting lists are often months long. They also railed against the agency for leaving wealthy, gated communities untouched.
What does any of this have to do with policing you ask? It’s all about the money.
Riverside projects that county licensing revenue will almost double from two years ago to nearly $1 million. But Drusys said the licensing program, which includes low-cost services like sterilization, is “not focused on revenue.”
The above statement is B.S.
State budgets for animal control agencies can be in the millions of dollars. Maricopa County in Arizona has an $11 million dollar annual budget.
A search of a few animal control budgets revealed this gem of a quote from Klamath County animal control in Oregon. “Major revenue sources for Animal Control are dog license fees, late license fees, court fines and impoundment fees. The bulk of the revenue is generated by license fees and late fees.”
Odd, they didn’t mention killing or “euthanizing” your pet if you don’t pay your city or town license fees, court fines and IMPOUNDMENT fees. And I hadn’t mentioned pet immunization shots that generate millions in revenue to DHS/police nationwide.
“We need as many dogs and cats vaccinated as possible to build up a herd immunity against diseases,” said Dr. Michael Cavanaugh, chief executive officer of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), referring to the theory that a critical mass of vaccinated animals will help protect those that aren’t vaccinated. Forcing pet owners to have their pets vaccinated has nothing to do with money, RIGHT?
FYI, the AHAA made $89 million in 2014.
Immunization shots for a dog cost an average of $80 at most PETCOs for the initial round plus $60 a year for boosters. Optional seasonal protection against flu, Lyme disease and kennel cough – the dog version of whooping cough – run between $10 and $50 apiece.
When did owning a pet become a for-profit government business?
EVERYONE knows its about revenue. Keeping the Police State in business is what its all about.