Hamil­ton an­i­mal shel­ter

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - OPINION -

Re­cently, the New Jer­sey De­part­ment of Health is­sued its re­port on its re­cent in­spec­tion of the Hamil­ton Town­ship An­i­mal Shel­ter. Its find­ings, in sum­mary, demon­strate that the way in which the cur­rent Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tion has han­dled the Shel­ter is ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able. Its find­ings rel­a­tive to the Shel­ter’s euthanasia pro­gram, as well as ba­sic san­i­tary con­di­tions and lack of vet­eri­nary over­sight show that this was a fail­ure of lead­er­ship across the board. Any­one who has ever run any­thing will tell you that it is ab­so­lutely manda­tory that or­ga­ni­za­tions and/or en­ti­ties have sys­tems in place and ad­here to those sys­tems, with­out ex­cep­tion. Oth­er­wise, you have chaos and, in this case, an­i­mal cru­elty and mis­treat­ment.

Ul­ti­mately, this re­port is an in­dict­ment of the failed lead­er­ship not just at the shel­ter, but this Ad­min­is­tra­tion as a whole. They’ve known for a long time that there were prob­lems at the shel­ter. If they didn’t have the de­sire, ex­per­tise or where­withal to prop­erly ad­min­is­trate an an­i­mal shel­ter, then they should have out­sourced it to one of the many ex­cel­lent an­i­mal res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tions that spe­cial­ize in this type of thing. This re­port demon­strates this Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s gross in­com­pe­tence at best, de­praved in­dif­fer­ence at worst. Worse still is that this is be­ing done in the name of all of us who call Hamil­ton our home. This isn’t about left/right, red state/blue state, Re­pub­li­can/ Demo­crat. This is about right and wrong. It is not un­rea­son­able to ex­pect those who act in our name, as res­i­dents of Hamil­ton Town­ship, to act with ba­sic de­cency. This Ad­min­is­tra­tion, in its han­dling of the An­i­mal Shel­ter, has failed this very rudi­men­tary test, as ev­i­denced by the State’s re­port.

If it’s true that we are judged by how we treat the most vul­ner­a­ble among us, the re­spon­si­ble folks in this ad­min­is­tra­tion are as guilty as they come and should be held to ac­count.

-- Keith Platt, Hamil­ton Town­ship

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