On January 10 Someone Noticed stated its position on the allegations about serious animal abuse at the SPCA. Even more than when we stated this a week ago, right now what is need is to address the serious questions raised by those charges but as some try damage control they only compounded the situation. The validity of these charges won’t be resolved on the Internet, in the Whig, or by having an investigation that has the potential to be biased (even if only perceived).
We say again, please commissioners, please now make sure the right things happen for all, as you said you were going to do last week. With one of our cats sitting almost on top of the keybard, we say it again, let’s do the right things for the animals and for the people involved.
We see the “SPCA update” is on the Commissioner’s Agenda for Jan. 20 so hopefully the report will be one that says the AG (or whichever independent source) is going to do it, here’s the timeline, the fundamental things like that, which will help restore trust. Then please stay out of the investigation until it’ s over. One more thing, stop the threats. Don’t deal with complaints through threats, deal with them through the facts. From what we’re hearing, there’s been way too much in the way of attacking people. Back when that first report surfaced in October and someone deeply knowledgeable about the matter launched a blog attacking the Baltimore TV reporter, there’s been too much of that. If you had an independent investigation saying we were cleard and here it is, what better defense rather than attacking people.
These are serious allegations and what is needed now is for an independent, believable investigation to determine what happened at the SPCA. The allegations are considerable and now that the situation has been allowed to escalate to crisis-like proportions, the only thing that will resolve it is an independent review, which lets the public know what corrective actions, if any, are needed. If the charges are unwarranted (don’t forget they could be) and people’s names need to be cleared we certainly need to know that from highly trusted independent sources now. Or if corrective measures are needed to ensure the appropriate environment of care for the animals that needs to happen without delay as well, for this could also be the case as we look at the volume of complaints from many different individuals, many of them willing to sign legal affidavits. The bottom line here is none of us will know the concluding facts based on what we’re able to read on the Internet for there is no vetting by an unconnected authority. Perhaps in addition to whatever criminal review occurs through the Attorney General’s Office, it is time to have the National Humane Society or National SPCA come in and do a best practices examination of the quality of the animal care.