The two recent negative articles about Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (HSSF) are a disgrace to the Auburn Journal (“Woman says horse died due to humane officer’s wrongdoing,” Journal, May 27; “Humane Society’s power needs to be in check,” Our View, June 10).
The complaints cited by the authors came from (1) people whose animals have been seized because the animals were abused or (2) people who were denied adoption of the seized animals because they were incapable of properly caring for the animals.
It should surprise no one that these people hate the humane officers that they dealt with. (A visit to the county jail would provide many similar stories for the Journal — from criminals who hate the law enforcement officers who arrested them.)
As to oversight: The authors ignored the fact that all of the seized animals were taken pursuant to a search warrant signed by a Placer County Superior Court Judge — after the judge reviewed the facts and pictures.
The authors also ignored the fact that a humane officer must inform the Sheriff’s Office before any search — and the sheriff can (and has) accompany(ied) the humane officer to the search site.
Every search/seizure operation is accompanied by a veterinarian who evaluates each animal’s condition. The owner of any seized animal has the right to an immediate hearing. If proper veterinary evidence doesn’t show abuse, the animal is immediately returned.
Placer County is overrun with animal abuse. HSSF has stepped in to help these helpless animals. These Auburn Journal articles have done nothing but give credibility to animal abusers — at the expense of abused animals.
Doug Cummings, Sacramento