The fate of countless dogs in Orange Cove changed last week as the city council voted in a new animal control ordinance that will bring back euthanasia as a solution to the pet overpopulation. Never mind that the city has had a group of volunteers, “the Friends of the Orange Cove Animal Shelter,” which over the past two years has sent hundreds of dogs out of Orange Cove to adoption/rescues without having to euthanize animals.
Mayor Victor Lopez has quite a hold on his council members. They don’t even have to talk to vote. One of them never uttered a word as the vote was taken; yet when the votes were immediately read back, he was recorded as a “yes.”
The Friends of the Orange Cove Animal Shelter have requested countless meetings with City Manager Sam Escobar and Mayor Lopez, all which have been ignored. The city chooses to ignore a viable solution of education, spay and neuter clinics to help their community solve a problem created from countless years of backyard breeding and failing to be responsible pet owners.
Raemee K. Anderson