Last month the Niagara County, NY SPCA
fired its executive director; this month
one of its board members resigned.
He is a veterinarian, and he oversaw the euthanasia that
a report by Erie County, NY SPCA
said was improperly applied.
He claims that wasn’t so, because the animals were anesthetized first,
and now invoices for the anesthetic have turned up.
Michael Wooten wrote for wgrz.com 9 February 2012,
2 On Your Side contacted the SPCA Serving Erie County. Although Ms.
Carr was unavailable, we were told she based her report and
conclusions on the information that was provided to her and the
interviews she conducted.
The Niagara County facility had poor record-keeping, so it’s
possible Ms. Carr did not receive the invoices. Some have expressed
concern about why all documents weren’t turned over during Ms.
Carr’s investigation. Others have also questioned if Rompun, even in
large concentrations and doses, are enough to make an animal
Maybe if there had been more oversight and transparency at the
animal shelter, none of this would have happened.
At least in Erie County, New York, there’s finally some sort
The Open Government Directive, called for by President Obama on his
first full day in office, puts accountability and accessibility at the
center of how the federal government operates. It instructs agencies
to share information with the public through online, open, accessible,
machine-readable formats. Agencies are to inventory existing information
and establish a timeline for publishing them online to increase
agency accountability and responsiveness; improve public knowledge of
the agency and its operations; further the core mission of the agency;
create economic opportunity; or respond to need and demand as identified
through public consultation.
Agency accountability and responsiveness! What a novel idea.
Why I wonder if such a thing could be tailored to local governments?
Second, it aims to instill the values of transparency, participation, and collaboration into the culture of every agency by requiring every agency to formulate an Open Government Plan and website. Specifically, each agency will be required to develop its own, unique roadmap in consultation with the American people and open government experts, rather than prescribing a one-size-fits-all approach. Once again, these ideas came directly from the public’s suggestions.
Government listening to the public’s suggestions?
Local government department accountability?
As Gandhi is reputed to have said about western civilization: “that would be a good idea!”