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County News Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 3A ii the response, Rodrigues said he will meet with the super- that the sheriffs visors and convince them is not adequately that the animal shelter must animals at the be moved. "That's how it got Doug Ro- to the sheriffs department in President of High the first place," Rodrigues Animal Rescue said, referring to a board de- the shelter cision. the jurisdiction of The sheriff was not avail- County Health able for comment on the re- quest late last week. asked that the on the super- ~y the move? • 20 agenda for dis- Rodrigues said that ues said he HSAR's goal is for Plumas because all at- County to become a no-kill the sheriffs county, meaning that no attitude toward adoptable pet is euthanized. care of animals From 1996-1998, Plumas County killed an average of is responsible 514 adoptable pets per year, and care of an- according to Rodrigues. With County," Ro- the formation of HSAR and has the con- the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in 1999, the action caps a number dropped to 190, then and formal 97 in 2000. To date in 2001, no against the sher- adoptable animals have been handling of killed. satisfied with But, that's no thanks to the P,~Bte$ Nov. 6 meeting. Lund said the commission to divide had deliberated over the next allot-funding many times, but de- settlement cided that "after considering $200,000), the everything, the money )n on ag- should be sent to the district, dividing it be- because it was closer to the four health care people, where needs will be best met." speaking on The commission proposed commission on that each health care district the proposal to form a committee of three to during their allocate the money within the who has for office. Undersheriff for Greg Hagwood, the former for Sheriff Len investigator for the agency, ~'ill challenge his also has taken out papers for seat in the Marchthe seat• To qualify for the March by taking out ballot, a candidate must file the third the necessary paperwork by Dec. ? with the county elec- 'yesterday tions clerk• he is running /n 7uead, Va// Trees & Shrubs for Fall Planting OPEN: Saturday & Sunday 10 to 5 W'ur _r rI~icer. 352 Pineleaf Drive • Meadow Valley • (530) 283-2953 I Stop by and enjoy celebrating the spirit of christmas with everyone at Quincy Hot Spot U" ,ncy Hot S 91 Bradley Street, Quincy 283-2929 county's animal shelter, Ro- drigues contends. He.believes there are four areas which make for a successful no-kill policy and that the county is failing in all four categories: an aggressive spay/neuter pro- gram, an aggres- sive adoption program, public education about pet ownership, and a formal no- kill agreement. Rodrigues said that it is state law that all ani- mals must be spayed or neutered before they are adopt- ed. Currently, the county accepts a deposit for that procedure, but does not ensure that it is carried out. While Rodrigues contends that both PAWS and HSAR have an aggressive adoption policy, he says the county health care district communi- ty. Public hearings would be held to discuss spending plans• Lund said that the money would not be used to "defray normal hospital expendi- tures," but rather, could be used to pay for items like oxygen, wheelchairs and im- munizations-services not covered by other programs. Supervisor B.J. Pearson said he liked the proposal to allocate the money to health care districts• "When I ran for supervisor, this is what I thought should be done. After all, hospitals bear the bur- den." The tobacco settlement was an agreement reached by the major tobacco companies and 47 states to settle a lawsuit against the tobacco comPa- nies. California is expected to receive $25 billion over the next 25 years. Plumas Coun- ty's share is approximately OPEN HOUSE November 17th Quincy Hot Spot 12-5 pm does not. In addition to offer- ing their own adoption facili- ty, the two groups also work with Rend sites to adopt out animals. Rodrigues said.the two groups also work closely sheriff is responsible for the control and care of animals in Plumas County. He has the control part down." Doug Rodrigues High Sierra Animal Rescue with the new owners and their pets, following policies and procedures, they have set. Rodrigues said the ~sheriff intends to write policies when the new animal shelter is built• $240,000 annually• Supervisor Robert Meacher said he liked the concept, but thought the proposal should be referred to the tobacco set- tlement spending committee, which is responsible for mak- ing recommendations to the board of supervisors• That committee includes members from all parts of the county and representatives from dif- ferent special interest groups related to health. Rodrigues believes moreRodrigues is also con- money and effort must be cerned that sick animals are spent on teaching the public not given proper veterinary the importance of proper pet care because of the cost, and ownership. He said that even then they needlessly die. the two private shelters must He also complained that do more in the county holds the animals this endear-for the minimal amount of or. time, then "dumps" them on Rodrigues the private shelters, which wants a for-taxes volunteer resources. mal no-kill Rodrigues is especially criti- agreement tocal of the shelter's shot and be adopted, inoculation program and its but said therefusal to split the cost 50-50 sheriff's de- with HSAR. partment Finally, Rodrigues con- contends it tends that, while volunteers has eight are the backbone of HSAR more years and PAWS, volunteers are before it isdiscouraged from assisting at required to the county animal shelter. do so by state law. Nov. 20 Because the county has so Rodrigues said he will dis- far been no kill this year, Ro- cuss his complaints when he drigues believes a little extra makes his plea to have the effort and cooperation from animal control responsibili- the sheriff's department ties moved to the public Would make that possible health department. now. The public health depart- For example, he suggests ment has been considered in that when the shelter is full, the past as an option, but in- the sheriff stop making stead, the sheriff's depart- sweeps to pick up strays. Ro- ment was selected because of drigues said that if the sheriff its proximity to the current insists on making the routine animal shelter and law en- sweeps, then additional ken- forcement's involvement nels should be secured, with complaints• Water saver toilets man- ufactured in the '80's were disappointing. The new ones, however, are engineered properly. They save water, money & aggravation. 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