Don’t Kill Shelter Dogs Without Letting Them Be Adopted

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Target: Bill Funderburk, Hamilton, Texas City Manager

Goal: Stop killing animal shelter dogs without notifying people who could’ve saved the dogs’ lives.

Instead of making an attempt to find homes for the dogs in the city animal shelter, the city manager reportedly decided to force the shelter to kill them all, even though the shelter reportedly still had four more kennels empty. He allegedly justified his decision by saying that although they were healthy, it was cruel to keep them in cages. The city ordinance allows the animals to be killed after only five days of being placed there.

When asked if he tried contacting any volunteers to let them know his decision and to give the dogs a chance to be rescued, he reportedly said they hardly have any volunteers. One person reportedly stated that she had been saving up money to get her dog out of the shelter, but she reportedly wasn’t even informed and now the dog has been killed.

It would appear the city manager didn’t make any attempts to find options for the dogs. Had he done a proper job and notified people, the rescue groups and volunteers could’ve worked to save these four lives. Demand the city manager start making efforts to adopt the shelter animals (through notifying the volunteers, rescue groups, and other community members) before ever making a decision to kill the animals at his and only his discretion.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Funderburk,

It was brought to our attention that you allegedly had all the animal shelter dogs killed, even though there reportedly was sufficient kennel space left. We’re appalled that you didn’t bother notifying anyone, not even volunteers before allegedly deciding to kill the dogs at your own discretion.

These dogs could’ve been adopted had you bothered to do as little as just notify volunteers. In the age of social media, there’s no excuse for this. We demand you never decide to kill the shelter animals until you’ve exhausted every option by reaching out to volunteers, rescue groups, and other community members to allow these dogs a chance at life first.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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7 Comments

  1. Rhona LaBruzzo says:

    Just because you don’t like your name, life or whatever, you have no right to kill these poor animals. Get yourself a job where your skills can be put to good use.

  2. Had kennels empty and still had the dogs killed! No volunteers, poor excuse! This city manager obviously has no compassion, care, interest or education for the ethical humane treatment and well being of shelter animals. He should immediately be voted out of his job for he has made zero effort in trying to give rescue for the animals and many more animals will continue to be needlessly killed if he is allowed to be in charge. A few simple phone calls or social media would have given the life saving chance to give the dogs a proper loving forever home. Instead he chose to waste them away. It is appalling that he is allowed to make these kind of stupid decisions to end the lives of loving adoptable animals and only having five days is no chance at all for shelter animals! This is all a disgrace! A ANIMAL SHELTER IS TO PROTECT, CARE, SAVE AND ADOPT THEM TO HOMES. All animal shelters should be No Kill shelters. This matter needs to be fully investigated!

  3. This is one of the sickest and most shocking animal cruelty stories I have ever read. Get Funderburk out of that job.

  4. michael guest says:

    Bad thing to do! Nobody should kill shelter dogs. That’s unacceptable. Terminate this person from the job.

  5. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    This scumbag should not be the director of a shelter. He is inhumane and shows a total lack of compassion. He should be charged with animal cruelty and sent to jail. He is a murderer!

  6. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Surely they can find someone who is NOT a mouth-breather to oversee the shelter in Hamilton.

  7. THIS IS A VERY DISTURBING STORY TO SAY THE LEAST! WHY WOULD ANYONE NOT WANT TO HELP SAVE ANIMALS AND WANT TO KILL THEM??? THERE IS NO EXCUSE THAT THOSE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THIS CAN SAY THAT CAN MAKE THIS OK. THE CITY MANAGER MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND HE SHOULD BE EVALUATED FOR THESE DECISIONS. IF THERE ARE PROCEDURES THAT HE FAILED TO FOLLOW(I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT KILLING ANIMALS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO FIND THEM HOMES WOULD BE ANY FOLLOWED PLAN) THEN HE MUST BE PUNISHED. SUSPEND HIM, MAYBE FIRE HIM DEPENDING ON THE FACTS AS TO WHY HE DID THIS)AND THEN HAVE SOMEONE WHO AT LEAST HAS THE ANIMALS BEST INTERESTS DO THE JOB THAT THE CITY MANAGER CAN’T SEEM TO HANDLE.

    IF THE CITY HAS NO VOLUNTEERS IT IS BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T PUT A CALL OUT FOR PEOPLE’S HELP. PUT IT IN THE NEWSPAPER, ON TV AND RADIO AND LOTS OF PEOPLE WILL BE GLAD TO HELP. THIS IS AN EXCUSE NOT A REALITY!!! DO SOMETHING TO GET HELP FOR THESE POOR ANIMALS. THIS STORY MAKES ME SICK AND MAD AS HELL!! STOP THE STUPID EXCUSES NOW, JUST DO YOUR JOB AND HELP THESE ANIMALS.

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