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Opinion

June 23, 2013

Norman Animal Welfare needs fixing

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For instance: Animal Welfare’s budget can be “used” for other purposes deemed of higher priority by people who don’t even work in the facility and who may not have the animals or employees or even citizens interests in mind. People who don’t work in the facility have ultimate authority on the facilities’ design and, more importantly, actual construction. This will lead to alterations (cuts) that cause an increase in contagious diseases, noise pollution and labor costs to control sanitation, etc. Need I say more?

· If the above two problems are fixed, I think this third one will be, too. I have to mention it because I can and am speaking for the animals that cannot. There needs to be a veterinary technician and veterinarian working full time in the shelter. The shelter’s goals of saving and adopting out more animals cannot be realized without the medical and surgical (mainly sterilization) procedures performed by such trained personnel.

Many animals arrive injured, and it would be more cost effective and efficient if they could be treated immediately instead of taken to other facilities. Preventive health care can be improved and expanded, if this were the case. Several years ago, there was a position for a veterinarian and technician, but those positions were eliminated and now should be reinstated.

I think we can all agree that we want what is best for the animals and people who work and volunteer at the shelter. The city wants to build a shelter that they can be proud of and meets the needs of those it provides for. The good citizens of Norman want an animal welfare division that truly has animal welfare as the top priority.

Citizens of Norman, please demand transparency and the wise use of your tax dollars and let us fix Norman Animal Welfare, once and for all.

Thank you all for your consideration and know that the views expressed are strictly my own and I take full responsibility for them based on my own personal observations.

BONNIE BOONE, D.V.M.

Shawnee

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