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June 23, 2013

Norman Animal Welfare needs fixing

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Where do I start? I’ll be as concise and direct as possible. I speak from more than 12 years experience as a shelter veterinarian and have worked more than nine years part-time at the Norman Animal Welfare Adoption Center.

· The shelter oversight committee and I attended architectural design meetings and were asked what we thought was needed in a new facility, and so we gave our input, wanting the best-quality design for the animals and people who work and volunteer there.

The fact that the facility might cost more than the bond allowed was never really addressed. So we have this great design with state-of-the-art materials that not only maximize disease control but also provide for enhanced environmental well-being and are now short on the money to fund it.

So now it seems that the city is willing to make crucial cuts that will only result in investing more money in repair and labor in the long run.

OK, people. Now is the time to stop, analyze this and fix it before building a money pit. Stop your leaders from approving bids now. It is the time to put it to the people and raise the necessary funds to build the shelter that the animals and citizens of Norman deserve.

Any rich OU alums out there wanting to contribute the difference? I thought this state had some oil money and animal lovers out there. Prove me right and maybe something will be permanently named after you and your kind benevolence. How else can you spend your money to benefit so many others?

· Part of the reason No. 1 is such a mess is because of this problem: Animal Welfare should be its own entity and be run as such. The problems that arise from subjugating Animal Welfare under the police department, neighborhood services or any other department causes a massive conflict of interest.

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