This part caused Joe Pritchard’s head to jerk back:
I think our animals in the community deserves the same rights as my children, myself, or your animals. If your animal is in the shelter, it should receive the same courtesy that you would give it at home.Chairman Paulk clarified:
If you did certify the ACOs, they’d still have to be attached to an agency, which means they’d have to be attached to the Sheriff’s office.I think it’s interesting that he’s listening to the idea.
Here’s the video:
Let the Humane Society train animal control officers —John Gates @ LCC 26 July 2011
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 26 July 2011.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.
You can see this video runs less than five minutes, including the Chairman’s remarks. John Gates told me afterwards that he thought the Chairman shushed him before his time was up, by waggling his fingers. You can’t see it in this video, but I was sitting stage left, and could see behind the Chairman’s screen. I saw Paulk wag his fingers, but it happened when Gates was talking about personnel at the shelter, as in:
Now do you have some good folks out there? You have some of the best; some of the most loving animal lovers out there. And I commend that; I truly commend that. And those are the ones that we should…. But the ones who are not doing their jobs, who are mistreating animals….I think that fits with what happened when Susan Leavens was speaking 12 May 2011: Paulk verbally shushed her when she started talking about personnel, but let her continue with the rest of what she was talking about.
Besides, we’ve seen what happens when the Chairman wants to stop somebody talking before time: he just tells the speaker their time is up, apparently going by some clock that runs faster than other clocks, or YouTube video lengths. More about that in another post.