Hamilton animal shelter
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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