That’s no rose

By From page A7 | July 19, 2013


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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