Antioch kills dogs. Apparently lots of them. Last week, the animal shelter located in in Antioch California, killed two dogs belonging to a citizen, and broke the Hayden act (animal law re: shelters are required to give dogs to qualified rescue and not kill them when there is a reasonable alternative), and acted with absolute disregard for decency, the law, or the community. This is the animal government at work. As a result, rescues across California are networking to avoid adopting any animals to Antioch residents.
I am a volunteer with All Aboard Animal Search and Rescue out of Santa Rosa – and we deal with any sort of dog in a miserable situation, but, we are best known for the work we do with pit bulls. The Antioch ordeal has been a painful, shocking and horrible thing for all of us in rescue and you can find the basics of the story here:
I’ve been in touch with many pit bull and rescue groups and we’re going to join together to put Antioch on notice that they are going to be held accountable. I’d rather eat a bag of scorpions that have anything to do with this horrible city but I must not be silent. They broke the law, they murdered dogs belonging to a citizen and did so with glee, they rejected a rational and workable plan and they laughed in the face of justice. Why? Because they can.
We have documents re: legal papers filed for a stay of execution, emails we sent to all officials which were ignored, we have emails from the manager (Jeff Charter) of the Petaluma Animal Shelter who recommended us to Antioch and agreed to participate in this rescue and have the dogs moved to Sonoma county with his blessing and oversight. Despite a gigantic effort on the part of the dog owner (Drew Householder) and his family, at least one attorney, our rescue and the the city of Petaluma, Antioch officials basically blew us off- killed the dogs and gave them back to Mr. Householder when they were dead. My personal opinion is- Antioch officials liked the power from this and quite enjoyed it.
This is a total violation of the Hayden act and a complete travesty. We have rescue alerts going out all over California, Facebook Twitter and Livejournal, and via urgent emails to all rescues operating in CA and beyond to not adopt dogs to Antioch residents as it just too dangerous for vulnerable breeds there due to the random and ignorant nature of law enforcement/animal “care” there. It’s terrible for the innocent people there who will no longer be able to adopt from qualified rescues.
This one broke our hearts. You may contact the director of All Aboard, Mary Quinn at 707-479-5302 if you would like more information and she can get you the contact information on Drew Householder.
Hope you are interested in reporting it. Channel 2 is slightly interested and there are few SF based reporters who are looking into it – we’re just not about to let it die because animals there are in major danger and God only knows what’s been going on in Antioch for the unfortunate dogs nobody knows about.
~ EDITOR NOTE — I know of a County based “Star Chamber” that decides the fate of “aggressive animals.” We are checking with sources there to see if the termination of the two dogs mentioned above were part of that adjudication procedure or just summarily executed by Antioch Animal Services. But since Petaluma Animal Shelter got involved and tried to intervene, we fear the latter.