Lake County Animal Control & Adoption
a/k/a Lake County
Animal Control & Adoption
Eh hem! Excuse me Lake County as I interrupt today’s politics…. Let me begin by saying how discouraged and sad I am for our county today.
Growing up I was always taught and I always strived to do the right thing. I will be the first to admit I didn’t always take the right path and I learned early on that doing the right thing was not always easy. Sometimes I had to choose between what was right with negative consequence or what was against my beliefs and be rewarded. You hear about people being punished for doing what we have always been taught to be right all the time. It’s heart wrenching and I ask myself why. Then I ask myself what our children are learning from us and our society, and that makes me sad and scared for what our children’s idea of right will be in the future.
Even though homeless dogs may not be important to you, they are important to many, and unfortunately the abused, homeless and silent lost their best friend today. If anyone has ever been to Lake County Animal Control in Crown Point you know Victoria as the one who knew every animal’s name and story and genuinely loved them all. There was no stronger voice for the furry innocent and sadly, Victoria has been removed from her position. Even though she followed protocol and saved a starving, neglected family of dogs from a deplorable situation, when politics got involved and ordered her to take them back where they came from, she refused and she was fired. She was fired for doing the right thing.
Maybe that’s not a big deal to you, but it should be. What is happening in Animal Control is only a very small example of how this county is run. I sat long and hard trying to determine how I would tactfully state the facts and express my feelings in this matter, so I thought I’d make fact and opinion very clear.
FACT: I met Victoria 2 years ago when I adopted 1 of the 3 dogs I have adopted from Lake County and she is the reason I began to volunteer and write about my experiences; however, Victoria was not the director of animal control.
FACT: Victoria was in Schneider and Gary for the hoarding raids, she was the one at the other end of the line when a lost or tossed animal was found, and she was the one who picked up the pieces when someone abused, neglected or abandoned an innocent pet.
OPINION: I have never met a more dedicated (on the job and off) advocate and voice for animals in need, and anyone who’s ever been to the shelter knows her and her dedication so much that they may have even thought she was in charge; however I’d love to hear if anyone does know who the director is….anyone?
FACT: Victoria removed a family of pitbulls with no food or water and tied to a tree after giving the owner adequate time to rectify the situation.
FACT: Victoria was fired after she refused to take the neglected dogs BACK to the place she took them from and was given no written reason why. In the long run, the Director took the dogs BACK to the disgusting situation and many questions remain as to why.
OPINION: Victoria saved those dogs and possibly on her own time, because Victoria worked (although she wouldn’t call it that) even when she was technically off the clock doing what she believed was right EVERY day.
FACT: Victoria ran the Lake County Animal Control’s Facebook page and has promoted and expanded their reach and ability to find new, good homes for hundreds of animals. With over 8,000 friends and connections the possibilities of finding families for the furfriends in need was enormous.
FACT: Any animal brought to Lake County from here on out will suffer because their best friend and the one who fought the endless fight for them is now senselessly removed from a position where she could make a difference.
OPINION: Heartbreaking and I have to wonder why?
FACT: I have only lived in this county for 24 years and really have only been old enough to understand county politics for roughly 10. Also FACT, in that time more than five of our county politicians or seat holders have either been investigated, indicted or found guilty of corruption, coercion or mishandling funds. In fact the FBI was in the building this week.
OPINION: That’s A LOT. Also FACT, those funds along with their salaries came from my paycheck and possibly yours.
FACT: A Sheriff Deputy accused of domestic violence was not removed from his position or suspended with pay for that matter; however, he was placed on desk duty, and from what I read at Animal Control.
OPINION: Very interesting.
FACT: The Jail Warden shows up to a hit and run accident involving one of his fellow corrections officer, intoxicated in a county vehicle and he is not arrested.
OPINION: Speechless…and Victoria is removed for not taking innocent animals back to a horrible situation?
FACT: We did have a good one, who was dedicated to her job every day for little pay and political bosses just trying to do the right thing and they fired her.
OPINION: Typical Lake County.
Lake County Animal Control has only recently been in the spotlight and recognized in the public eye. This tells me it probably wasn’t on the county’s five most important departments. If that’s the case, why are the politics of our government trickling down and enormously effecting all the good they have done and would still be doing. Why is it again that we are allowing people’s power and opinion to hurt so many innocent victims. My opinion? Victoria was extremely well known and respected in the animal world in this county and beyond and still is, the Director not so much. Maybe this became a problem and a family of pitbulls became the solution.
The community supports Victoria and is tired of politics playing any part in helping animals in need. There is no reason for it. Do you support doing the right thing, compassion, justice and fairness? If so join us at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, June 9th, as advocates, rescuers and friends will be showing how much doing the right thing DOES MATTER by having a peaceful gathering at the 1st Annual Animal Adoption Center and Control 10K Bike Ride at Oak Ridge Prairie in Griffith, IN.
Let’s help give a voice to those who have never had one and to those who have been stripped of theirs.
- From Schneider to Home – Max’s Story (tailsfromthefur.wordpress.com)