LETTER: ‘CARES is NOT a Viable Option for Animal Control in Burien’
Dear B-Town Blog –
I just received this information:
Apparently CARES is NOT a viable option for animal control in Burien. At the Burien City Council meeting of June 18, 2012,Burien citizens and the Council members were told that everything was going just great with CARES/Burien’s Animal Control contractor. In April, 2012, CARES had been inspected by the Public Health Department and had been cited for a number of things that kept them from passing the inspection for an animal shelter. Again on June 19, 2012, CARES was inspected by the The King County Health Department and again it did not meet standards to be permitted as an animal shelter. Mike Martin/Burien City Manager was aware of this. Why did he not make a public announcement??
It is strange that the public was given a report that everything was going fine when Mr. Martin knew it was not?
In spite of these finding from the Public Health Department, CARES had animals on site, available to be adopted out and sent to be fostered in people’s private homes. This put people as well as their current pets at risk for disease and infection. Currently, CARES is closed and there is no sign explaining why it has to close. It is closed by requirement of King County Public Health. Being open without a permit and sending out animals from a non-permitted shelter is a breach of the public trust by both CARES and Mike Martin. If the City council members knew about this situation also and did not inform the public, shame on them also. What exactly are the Burien citizens paying for and isn’t it time Burien went back to contracting with the King County Animal Shelter?
– John Poitras
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