PETA releases statement on Kankakee Animal Control vote

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PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch reached out to Country Herald yesterday afternoon to comment on the pending Animal Control vote by the Kankakee County Board. 

The PETA Senior Vice President says:

“A community without a shelter is like a bicycle with only one wheel, and it would be turning its back on people’s needs with respect to animal issues. PETA has seen firsthand how desperate people with nowhere to turn—or who have been turned away from private shelters—have cruelly killed unwanted animals or abandoned them to starve, be hit by cars, or die of disease. Every community needs an open-admission animal shelter—one that accepts all animals in need without fees or waiting lists and never turns them away for being too sick, injured, old, or aggressive to adopt out easily.”

In an interview with Animal Control Director Julie Boudreau last week, the Director said: “I think the current vote needs to be understood. If you’re voting for [Animal Control] to go under the Sheriff’s Department, the long-term effects are the Shelter will close.”

The Director’s message for those who support the shelter, “Contact your board members, contact the County Board Chairman. Be a voice on social media. I know the majority of support is for the Shelter and the overall animals. I hope we don’t forget the public safety in that factor.”

A vote to transfer Animal Control (and the Animal Shelter) to the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department is scheduled for September 10th at 9am at the Kankakee County Clerk building at 189 E. Court Street in Kankakee.

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