Cleveland For A No Kill City Says 3 Dogs Killed At Cleveland Animal Shelter

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Cleveland for a No Kill City activists said they learned on Thursday morning that animal control officers at Cleveland Animal Control had killed three dogs. They said Animal Control had told the activists on Wednesday that they had until Friday to get these three dogs out of the pound.

The group said, "All of the dogs were healthy and adoptable, and they were killed while kennels remained empty at the city facility."

Cleveland for a No Kill City said it has had a verbal operating agreement with Shelter Director Gene Smith since December 2012. Activists with the organization said they "are given deadlines of when dogs must be out of the shelter and since December, those deadlines have been honored. This has given the nearly 100 volunteers who are part of Cleveland for a No Kill City the opportunity to drop the kill rate at the shelter to less than 5 percent.

"The scenario under which the dogs were killed Thursday is similar to another such killing spree that occurred in November 2012.

"Smith was on vacation both times when the operating agreement was violated."

In November, activists staged a peaceful and silent candlelight vigil at animal control the morning after the killing. A similar vigil is scheduled for Friday morning at 7:45 outside the gates of the animal control facility at 360 Hill Street SE, Cleveland.

An internal investigation by the Cleveland Police Department, under which animal control is operated, found no wrong-doing on the part of animal control officers who killed the dogs in November. The internal investigation cited that activists only had a verbal agreement.

The group said, "Despite several pushes by Cleveland for a No Kill City, the Cleveland City Council has failed to make a commitment to any type of policy change that would put such agreements in writing."


Early Voting Numbers In Tennessee Up Over 19,000 For 4 Days

Early voting numbers in Tennessee are up over 19,000 after four days. Hamilton County up 1,974 -helped with the increase. There were 3,949 after four days in August 2010, and 5,923 currently. Bradley County is down 690 and Rhea down 197. Marion County is up by 74. Kerry Steelman, administrator of elections, said, "It's exciting to see these numbers. This is the kind ... (click for more)

Latest Jail Booking Report From Hamilton County - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, JOSEPH LEBRON 1209 INDIAN AVE APT A ROSSVILLE, 30741 28 Chattanooga VIOLATION OF PROBATION (DOMESTIC ASSAULT) ALLEN, TONEY TYRONE 1011 E 8TH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37403 25 Chattanooga POSS.A FIREARM DURING COMMISSIION OR ATTEMPT TO CO DRUGS GENERAL CATEGORY FOR RESALE TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE VIOLATION ... (click for more)

Pickle Ball? - And Response

Collegedale has done some wonderful things for its residents.  The Greenway is a perfect example of money well spent on helping to give her residents the opportunity to improve their lives, at least from a health standpoint. Having taught at Wolftever Creek for a decade plus, I was fortunate to have opportunity to take my classes on walks from time to time.  It provided ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Say It Ain't So, Larry Joe!

Larry Joe Wheelon, the tainted horse trainer who was charged with 18 counts of aggravated animal cruelty when his barn was raided in April of 2013 and some animals were sored so badly that they could barely walk, finally went to a court hearing in Blount County on Wednesday and his steps toward Judge Tammy Harrington’s bench were decidedly heavy. My goodness, yours would have been ... (click for more)

Stone Leaves South Pitt For Coaching Positions At Boyd-Buchanan

The possibility of a career move was definitely in Wes Stone’s future. The one he took wasn’t necessarily on his radar screen just a few weeks ago. Stone, assistant football and head baseball coach at South Pittsburg, has left the Pirates for teaching/coaching positions at Boyd-Buchanan. The 38-year-old Stone, who already is working with the Bucs’ football team as a defensive ... (click for more)

Soddy-Daisy's Wright Commits To MTSU Baseball

Soddy-Daisy’s Andy Wright, a rising senior and dual-threat player, has made a non-binding verbal commitment to play baseball at Middle Tennessee State University. Wright, a pitcher/third baseman, chose the Conference USA Blue Raiders over Belmont, Air Force, Navy, UT-Martin and Carson-Newman. “I’m glad to get this (decision) off my back so I can enjoy my senior year,” Wright ... (click for more)