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Recently, a Jeffersonville resident visited the kennel area of the city's animal shelter and took numerous photos documenting serious abuse, including urine-soaked floors and animals lying in their own feces. After she presented these photos to Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan, he later visited the shelter and determined that the conditions had been corrected since the photos were taken.
I suppose we should be thankful for the quick clean-up, even though the timing was more than a little suspect. But what is the shelter's new policy to address this problem in the future?
From now on, only staff members will be allowed back in the kennel area.
That's it? No pledge to never fail so miserably again? No discipline for the people responsible for the documented neglect.
This is the way the Soviet Union used to operate. A story is reported that casts the authorities in a bad light? Why, just make sure the story can no longer be reported so no one can see what you're doing anymore
Look, humans are the only advocates these animals have. They deserve much better than this shoddy treatment. And the only way that can be assured is by allowing anyone – at any time – to see for themselves that they're being properly treated. Not by placing the entire process behind a curtain of secrecy.