Wednesday, April 16, 2014

That’s no rose


It is said a rose by any other name smells as sweet. An animal shelter to house livestock, dogs and cats is still the same old dog pound with barking dogs, odor, flies, vermin and ground contamination. There will not be full-time, 24/7 staff on duty. Animal defecation will only be cleaned up twice a day, put into plastic bags and placed in a dumpster, in the hot sun where it will remain 3-4 days before final removal. Livestock manure will also be picked up twice a day but it is then put into a trailer onsite and covered under a tarp. The manure will remain there, indefinitely until the trailer is filled. This will contribute to flies breeding and the stench that is part of housing large animals, unlike a cute little puppy or kitten.

I am not disputing the animals need care, but in a community as rural as El Dorado County, there are undoubtedly far better choices than housing farm animals in an industrial park, next to a subdivision. What we, the residents, are hearing is our property values and our quality of life will literally be going to the dogs because the Board of Supervisors found one building — just one building on an industrial lot — suitable to house dogs.

In our subdivision there are 25 buildings built in 1979 that are homes to 25 families, of which, several are original owners. However, it appears the Board of Supervisors are indifferent and the residents’ quality of life has no priority over a stray dog’s need.


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Discussion | 20 comments

  • Phil VeerkampJuly 19, 2013 - 7:10 am

    JOAN AMO, are you saying that the dogs and cats will be "sheltered" outside? I think that you are either mistaken or you are misrepresenting the operation of the shelter. The shelter is NOT a Harris Ranch feed lot.

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  • observerJuly 19, 2013 - 8:32 am

    Generally paddocks are out doors.

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  • FranJuly 19, 2013 - 9:09 am

    One of the most cherished industries in this county is the film industry...many actors and actresses are animal activists...might be a place to start. Many organizations are on-line.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 19, 2013 - 9:24 am

    observer - Dogs and cats are kept in cages inside and their "noise" and "stench" are contained. Paddocks would house horses and livestock. Do you have any data on the average daily livestock count? My speculation is that it is a dozen at most. . . anybody? data?

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  • FranJuly 19, 2013 - 9:25 am

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are both big time animal activists...since Mr. Pitt is also involved in the paint the "main street" event (sustainable paints) it can work for many venues throughout the county...just saying. Placerville won the paint all these wonderful people are going to come and see how we live--why we won...I love life. I know as a fact that the industry loves the "rural" aspect of this is one of the reasons they come at times...hopefully we can maintain that atmosphere. All this open land--treating our animals in need--with the respect they deserve...

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 19, 2013 - 9:34 am

    Fran, I am unaware of any animal mistreatment charges attached to the animal shelter issue. I am aware, however, of a HUGE VOLUME of misinformation, alarmism and NIMBYism. The charges of stench, noise and mistreatment require supporting evidence.

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  • FranJuly 19, 2013 - 9:41 am playing nice...just pointing out the opportunities if something should arise...I also have heard no issues about any mistreatment...and hopefully someone will be hired to watch over the animals.

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  • EvelynJuly 19, 2013 - 9:59 am

    Phil: Perhaps the data you seek is HERE (documents on this one item alone at Tuesday's BOS meeting). Making informed decisions can be exhaustive work.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 19, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Thank you Evelyn. Perhaps those asserting, implying and arguing "feed lot" conditions associated with the animal shelter can provide supporting data from your link.

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  • Melody LaneJuly 19, 2013 - 10:28 am

    No one can deny that we need a new shelter but you had to have been at the BOS Tuesday to see how this was rigged. Do you really think ANY of the Supervisors or PAWD advocates would have been as enthusiastic about the new animal shelter site selection if it would have been 100 ft. from their back door??? NO WAY!!! They would have been shouting "NIMBY!!!"(Not in my back yard!) When $$ & expediency takes precedence over common sense, then you know EDC is headed down the drainpipe. Funny how the Dawn Hodson article on this subject won't accept comments...Mtn. Demo website glitch??

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 19, 2013 - 11:04 am

    Melody, I have no problem posting on the Dawn Hodson article. Perhaps Ms. Hodson had Patrick write a specific script blocking you from comment.

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  • Melody LaneJuly 19, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    Frankly Phil, your comment actually makes a lot of sense. Mtn. Demo Gestapo does a lot of unethical things like blocking people that dare to hold their feet to the fire. Can't post to the Coloma fire article either that just took place near the foot of my property earlier today.

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  • Melody LaneJuly 19, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    Phil--data provided at the BOS Tuesday was 3,000 animals per YEAR. That does not include critters that are dumped after hours and left to run loose & repopulate. Watch the video to glean a more accurate perspective about the fiasco (click on Item #35 to go directly to that segment of the video):

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 19, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    How many of the 3000 "animals" are livestock/horses? My "gut guess" is a few dozen. Regardless the neighbors are not living next a feed lot, and the huge vast majority of the 3000 are housed inside.

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  • Holy CowJuly 20, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    The number of livestock animals for last year was reported to be 27 staying an average of 3-1/2 days.

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  • Huge Vast MajorityJuly 20, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    Veerkamp, you won't be living next door to us, or even next door to the huge vast minority. Moooooooo.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 21, 2013 - 10:15 am

    Huge Vast Majority, "Holy Cow" provides this data, "27 staying an average of 3-1/2 days." - Multiplying 27 livestock by 3.5 days = 94.5 livestock days. Put another way, if we divide "livestock days" by 365.25 (days per year) we get 0.2587268993839836 - just slightly over 1/4 head of livestock per day - As I said, not exactly a fly infested feedlot. If your neighbor has a horse then your neighbor is more likely to offend your senses than the animal shelter. Move on. Get a life NIMBYs

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  • GumpJuly 21, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    Well Phil, my momma always said "Stupid is as stupid does." BOS sure proved that point. How'd ya feel if they approved the animal shelter in your own back yard..hmmmm???

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 22, 2013 - 5:58 am

    Gump, the BOS chose a site for the shelter in an industrial park that has been an industrial park for over twenty years. Give your manufactured outrage to the GOBs of yesteryear Gump. It's not noisy. It's not stinky. It's not a fly infested feed lot.

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  • GrumpyJuly 22, 2013 - 6:05 am

    and it ain't here yet

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