Your recent diatribe against the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (HSSF) (“Humane Society’s power needs to be in check,” Our View, June 10) over the issue of “accountability” included this very interesting nugget of information: “There is an administrative hearing that occurs after officers initially seize an animal. During that hearing, owners can argue their case before an administrative hearing officer. However, the officer only rules if the seizure was justified or not.”
Sounds like accountability to me. I personally have found the officers representing the HSSF to be professional and completely dedicated to the welfare of animals, which as a donor are certainly the traits I’m looking for.
Humane officers do difficult, often wrenching, work on a daily basis and, frankly, aren’t in business to be popular. They’re in business to protect animals from the people who are supposed to protect them and don’t.
Perhaps if those who gripe about the (thankless) work the HSSF does for the community were themselves more aware of and “accountable” to the humane laws of the State of California, they would better understand what a resource and asset the organization is to Placer County.
Carol Gage, Newcastle