Misrepresentation by Blevins and the OAW

An eye opening video clip, for those unaware, of Senator Blevins' and the Office of Animal Welfare's (OAW) deceitful presentation to the FSAC-SPCA board regarding the future of animal control statewide.  Note how Senator Blevins states how she would like all of the shelters to come together to make a plan for a Dog Control in the state, and create an establishment of a public/private partnership.  No meeting after this one ever occurred to discuss the matter any further.  There were no meetings with board members, government, or the public as she stated.  Instead, the change for the state to take over Dog Control was decided in the wee hours of the morning, pushed through by Senator Blevins, herself, as part of the state budget.  

The video clip of Senator Blevins discussing future meetings can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvXDd1VF2eY&feature=youtu.be

Furthermore, Senator Blevins again made untrue statements to the Senate when questioned by Colin Bonini.  Her first false statement was that the Animal Welfare Taskforce decided that the state take over Dog Control.  This was not decided by the group, it was merely a recommendation to investigate animal control. 

Secondly, Senator Blevins stated the FSAC used "large vans" for dog control, all which had over 300,000 miles on them.  She stated that the equipment would not be an issue. FSAC uses trucks for dog control and one van to transport animals between the satellite shelters and the main shelter located in Camden.

The mileage of the Dog Control vehicles is as follows:

1-2007 truck with 300k miles

3-2007 trucks with 230k, 143k, 152k miles

1-2008 truck with 122k miles

3-2010 trucks with 100k, 171k, 90k miles

1-2011 truck with 15k miles

6-2013 trucks with 15k, 15k, 15k, 15k, 10k, 10k, miles

2-2014 trucks with 5k miles

1-2015 truck with 5 k miles

If this is Senator Blevins' idea of "working closely" with FSAC, the animals are in big trouble.  She failed to even ask FSAC if they'd be willing to house dogs picked up by the state before pitching this tale to the Senate. 

Senate audio of Senator Blevins claiming high mileage on FSAC vehicles (forward to 4:20) can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/user744492145/senate-dog-control

Contact the governor, Jack Markell, and let him know how you feel: Jack.Markell@state.de.us

New fees for stray animals returned to owners

The following operating procedure will be followed for returning dogs to owners that are taken to FSAC-SPCA or satellite kennels:  

Impound Fee's 

$25.00 Impound                   $25.00

$15.00 per vaccination x3   $45.00

Worming                                $5.00

                             ______________________

                                               $75.00   

Once owner has been notified, boarding will be $20.00 a night. 

Summer Food Program for Summer Camp

The First State Animal Center & SPCA will be participating in the 2015 Summer Food Service program for our summer camps Session 1 (June 22nd-27th) and Session 2 (August 3rd-7th)

The Summer Food Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture.  This program provides all children 18 years of age and under with the same free meal in accordance with a menu approved by the state agency regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TTY).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For further information please contact:

Kelsi Foster-Burleigh at 302-943-6032 ext. 134

Scamper for Paws and Claws 5K Run/Walk Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Registration: $20 until April 15th. $25 after and on event day. 

FREE entry with $25 in pledges.  Make checks payable to First State Animal Center & SPCA.

Mail pre-registration forms to First State Animal Center & SPCA at: 32 Shelter Circle Camden, DE 19934.

Download additional entry/pledge forms at www.fsac-spca.org. Registration starts at 8 am race day.

Awards: TBA

Amenities: Race t-shirt for all registered participants, water stop and refreshments provided, timing and finish line by Seashore Striders Race Productions.

Register online at Seashore Striders web site here: http://www.seashorestriders.com/race-schedule/scamper-paws-claws-5k-run-walk

March 12, 2015 Guest Bartending Event

Hello Everyone,

We are so excited to be entering the Month of March. Our guest Bartending night is March 12th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Brandywine Brewing Company
4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807
(302) 655-3785

All donations collected will be used to benefit the thousands of homeless animals which enter our program every year.  We use life saving programs of low cost spay/neuter, adoption, return to owners, microchipping, and transferring our our rescue partners to make our 90% live release rate. 

We are so thankful you are able to help us collect donations. If your donors can bring checks or give them to you prior to the event feel free to collect them and bring them that evening.   Our name is First State Animal Center and SPCA.  Our address is 32 Shelter Circle Camden DE 19934.  Our tax ID number is 51-6018851. 

Here are the time slots with individuals assigned and work partners.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

6:00 pm Shift
Amy Colbourn
Lisa Chase
Karol Schmiegel

6:30 pm Shift 
Dawn Becker
Diane Skipski
Pat Diienno
Nash Childs

7:00 pm Shift
Mark Martell
David Litz
James McDonald
Jamie Collins

7:30 pm Shift
Andrea Wakefield
Lisa Stone
Joanie Sassa
Kathi Trapnelli

8:00 pm Shift
Rick James
Nick Smith
Marshall and Erin Jenney

8:30 pm Shift
Caroline Jenney
Jill Abbott
Jenni Brandi
Mike Dodson

Proposed Regulations for Animals Held in Shelter Office of Animal Welfare, state of Delaware

I am submitting written testimony in opposition of the animal shelter standards that were written and presented for discussion on February 2015.   These standards are lacking clarification in some areas and are overstepping the bounds of oversight in other areas.

If these standards are so important for animal shelters, what about the hundreds of animals sitting in our rescue agencies? These agencies should be subject to the same level of oversight as a brick and mortar shelter.

Minimum Standards of care and treatment: This is an area which is lacking in clarification from Title 16.   The intentions of shelter standards should be to set standards for minimum levels of care for animal.  As such, there are no standards, for the five freedoms of animal welfare as published by the Animal Welfare Council in 2009.  These five freedoms are freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury, or disease, freedom to express normal behavior, and freedom from fear and distress.  

Certification and training for euthanasia technicians, acceptable standards, methods, and procedure for euthanasia:  This area is overstepping the bounds of oversight.   We already have acceptable standards for euthanasia in Title 16; and the American Veterinary Medical Association has guidelines on euthanasia standards already published.  These new regulations are requiring renewed training and certification of euthanasia technicians which doesn’t raise the level of professional expertise, just makes additional administrative duties.  Since our euthanasia is based on dog control and cruelty investigations, we will require our contracts for these services to supply the necessary resources to meet the new demand. 

 It should be noted in the OAW dog control recommendation that the FSAC-SPCA has increased costs to provide this dog control service, it was the passage of Title 3, Shelter standards in 2010 that required additional funding to provide the unfunded mandates from the State.  It should be expected that additional administrative duties will again raise costs to provide service.

Animal adoption, recovery, and rehabilitation: Where are the requirements for adoption?  Missing is a key aspect of shelter/rescue operations. Many of our states animals languish in cages in shelters and rescues for one to three years.  All adopted animals must be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro chipped prior to adoption paperwork being finalized.  All microchips should be registered with a national company to ensure ease of returning lost pets should the pet become lost.

“Animal agencies should make every attempt to offer more available hours for adoption,” is an example of overreach of authority. Non profits donors and supporters will set the mission based programs to meet the needs of the community. It should not be through oversight from a state agency. 

All found pets should be reported to the appropriate animal control agency as a found animal to be recorded in the lost and found registry.  All found pets should be listed on a website (since documentation is necessary to provide proof this has occurred, the FSAC-SPCA is only listing on Delaware Craigslist.  Our webpage doesn’t allow us to show proof that the animal was posted, therefore, we have changed our operations manual) to allow the lost owners visual identification to find their pet.  All lost pets should also be reported to the appropriate animal control agency to be recorded in the lost and found registry.  The lost and found registry should be updated at least monthly, to ensure accurate information is on file.

Procedures for inspections and complaints: Processes for inspections and complaints, are not clearly defined.  What constitutes a complaint?  Is probable cause required?  Is the complaint a witnessed event by the RP (Reporting Party)? Is it something they read on line? Is there recourse for unfounded complaints? Are there civil judgments against false harassing complaints?

Record keeping obligations: Record keeping for every animal, every detail of that animal and every disposition of that animal and of course proof that every detail occurred to every animal is a mountainous administrative task for our large intake shelter.  We utilize a shelter software program to track every detail of the animals which come to us for a safe place while temporarily homeless.   As with any software program, there are limitations to the reports available, and these additional administrative requirements will again require additional resources. By adding additional reporting of 14.2 thru 14.5, how will these requirements help animals be located in shelters?  

Let’s finally remember that most nonprofit animal welfare agencies in Delaware are funded by donations, grants and special events.  Do our states donors really want their dollars to be used for bureaucracy complaints instead of direct care?  Since the doors have been closed to many animals in the last three years, is this going to close more doors to more animals?  What is the plan when our nonprofit shelters close because they can no longer afford to provide quality animal care? Is the State ready to accept the deluge of complaints against a government run animal agency?  If you look at national trends for arrests of animal shelter employees, they have been government employees who do not have the necessary resources to care for the onslaught of unwanted, lost or abandoned animals.

Additionally we will soon be requiring professional regulation of animal control officers.  This process will bring resources to individuals who risk their own personal safety every day to ensure our humans and animals are safe in our state.  We are thrilled that this is coming, but will require the approval of the current dog control vendors since the financial outlay will require more funds from their coffers.

Let’s be smart and progressive and give animals the necessary resources they need to find a new home, not languish in a cage for years.  The goal should be empty shelters not shelters hoarding animals.

To share your views and opinions, contact Christina Motoyoshi, Deputy Director, Office of Animal WelfareChristina.motoyoshi@state.de.us or FAX: (302) 255-4621
Review the proposal here: http://regulations.delaware.gov/register/february2015/proposed/18%20DE%20Reg%20622%2002-01-15.htm

State of Delaware Dog Control Recommendations and FSAC Response

The state of Delaware has developed a proposal for dog control throughout the entire state. To view their proposal, click here.

The First State Animal Center & SPCA, in conjunction with Delaware Animal Care and Control, has written a response to the state's proposal. You can read that here.

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