Read the current edition of Pet Press, the May-June issue.
She asks a question that any feral colony manager might ask.
If Boks truly supports TNR, why is Animal Services busting homeowners like Mason and Marc Madow for tending feral cat colonies?
How can they demand that they stop feeding and giving water to cats they may have been feeding for years.
She asks, is this not only a demand to commit animal abuse (not neglect). I ask, is this not also a demand that they commit another criminal act of animal abandonment?
She asks how can the department, in a sense, be hypocritical and support TNR officially, but bring in SWAT teams if you actually keep a colony?
It appears the two faced policy really depends on whether a neighbor complains. If not, it is o.k.; if they do complain, you are dog meat.
This is why no rational colony manager will ever register their colonies. If a neighbor complains--and there is ALWAYS some neighbor complaining about the cats--Animal Services will come swoop down and demand they stop feeding the cats and giving water, or a demand to relocate the colony.
Have you ever tried to relocate a colony? The only way, really, is to remove them from the area and keep them in a new place for a month or so until they consider it home. Usually that entails taking them home and maybe re-abandoning them later at a new location. Or, one just fills up one's home with cats, until the ACTF and Boks swoop down again, only this time at your house.
Talk about animal cruelty and hypocrisy, we see it right in AS with the top guy, Ed Boks, saying he supports it--one day--and then a few days later condemning it and sending colony managers like Mason to jail.
Boks has to think this out. He reacts to whatever complaint drifts by. He cannot afford to let neighbors complain to Council and the Mayor that Animal Services is not doing something about a neighbor's cats, so he creates a media circus bust of caretakers, calling them hoarders, arrests them and then kill their cats. Then he brags about what a great service to animals he and Animal Services have performed.
Boks is really screwed up here.