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  • carlostheass Jan 27, 6:06 p.m.

    Anyone who has ever worked for the county government here can understand his short tenure. It would be interesting to know whether there have been any talks about contracting out the entire sheltering operation to the SPCA of Wake County. I am not saying it is a good idea. I am saying that it would be worth exploring. They may have done exactly that and I'm just not aware.

  • bigboohoo Jan 27, 4:01 p.m.

    I hate that he is leaving and I think it is a total copout! But I will say this. I am not from here and I have lived in many different places( Texas, DC, San Fran, )and Raleigh is the hardest place to make friends. So I understand that his wife and his children may not like it here and want to go home. I have also talked to some people and they agree that it is difficult to make friends here so this decision may have nothing to do with the shelter and may have everything to do with his family's quality of life as stated in the article. I hope the next director does a great job and is a champion for the animals of Wake County.

  • chattycat Jan 26, 2:51 p.m.

    @barbstillkickin: Have 9 rescues of my own that I adopted and foster 5-15 at a time. I am doing all I can to help. Also volunteer for a rescue org and do counseling. What do you do that makes you able to make such a bold statement?

  • barbstillkickin Jan 26, 2:16 p.m.

    This problem is being resolved. I do not think any animal should be put down but they are fixing the problem. We can not bring back the dead but we can learn form our mistake. If you are so concerned do what I do and adopt a poor animal. Do not complain if you are bot willing to help fix the problems.

  • chattycat Jan 26, 1:42 p.m.

    Note to the snarky posters - the man who is resigning is NOT the director who was there when this dog was euthanized, or when the shelter was in chaos. He was a recent hire who came in facing a giant mess. It's a good practice to identify your target before shooting at someone innocent. John Sawtooth

    Hey Sawtooth: You are the one that needs to get your facts straight. Read the article. Go back and read the articles when "Sassy" was euthanized. And be careful throwing stones if you live in a glass house!

  • yellowhorses Jan 26, 1:01 p.m.

    A professional in this line of work would not just give up if there was any hope of making the needed changes. Maybe it was just very plain that nothing was going to be allowed to change and he was going to be the scapegoat.

  • driverkid3 Jan 26, 12:55 p.m.

    timbo10.0, YOU are the one that needs to be "realistic". You just don't seem to understand that animals play a big part in our lives. Do you know what a therapy dog or cat is? How about a guide dog? I guess not.

  • lizard78 Jan 26, 12:27 p.m.

    He was there. Read the article.
    Two days after McMichael started, in what Durham later called an "indefensible mistake," the shelter killed an 8-month-old dog named Sassy after the animal began exhibiting symptoms of an upper respiratory infection.

  • WCPSS_Hater Jan 26, 12:23 p.m.

    Commenting on this situation only fans the flames that drove Dennis McMichael away. No sane, qualified candidate will run into the "burning building" of public opinion that is the Wake County Animal Center.

  • John Sawtooth Jan 26, 11:41 a.m.

    Note to the snarky posters - the man who is resigning is NOT the director who was there when this dog was euthanized, or when the shelter was in chaos. He was a recent hire who came in facing a giant mess.

    It's a good practice to identify your target before shooting at someone innocent.

  • chattycat Jan 26, 8:14 a.m.

    Buh bye!! Don't let the door hit you in the backend.

  • kbird Jan 25, 7:55 p.m.

    @ billdjr and timbo The thing is...anyone that can say "put a bullet in it's head and move on" is not going to be out there helping these children and others in need they speak of. I agree some people think more of animals than they do of people and maybe we should help our fellow humans more, but it was a human, after all, who made that comment and that comment doesn't exactly inspire warm and fuzzy feeelings. You can treat an animal horribly and they will still love you unconditionally. Maybe if more humans wagged their tails more than their tongues the rest of us would feel more inclined to help. I for one feel compassion for all creatures suffering at the hands of others. We could stand to reach out to those in need more and to show a little more compassion, whether it be to a human or animal. After all, God did say that he knows "even when a sparrow falls"

  • cheezchicken Jan 25, 7:52 p.m.

    Good riddance to him! They need an animal lover not someone who thinks they're running a slaughter house.

    Again, another extreme statement. Most people don't do this kind of THANKLESS WORK because they dream of being the captain of a "slaughter house". They are trying to do a tough job while at the same time being hemmed in by budgetary constraints, and being (meanly) criticized by everyone who lives in fairy land.

  • cheezchicken Jan 25, 7:48 p.m.

    "Calls and emails poured in from concerned viewers after news broke of Sassy's death." How Many of Them "concerned viewers" Wanted To Actually Adopt The Dog??????????

    So well said. It's better, I think, that we place ourselves in the tough and uncomfortable shoes of others before we attack them. Whether it's animals, kids, elders, or a host of other emotionally rich topics, there are human beings out there DOING THE WORK. If you want to talk the talk, walk the walk.

  • Southern Girl Jan 25, 7:46 p.m.

    Good. Nuff said.

  • Go Figure Jan 25, 7:45 p.m.

    My cats ARE my children and every other precious pet I have until I kick will never be anything less.

  • cheezchicken Jan 25, 7:44 p.m.

    Poor guy. This can't be what he wished for with such a big move from so far away...Best wishes to everyone.

  • Go Figure Jan 25, 7:44 p.m.

    Back when I adopted my babies some 18 yrs ago after THEY were born in the wild, the SPCA was giving new animal owners VOUCHERS for money off to get your babies spayed and neutered. I would have done it anyway but I got two of those vouchers but maybe they should implement that thru every shelter.

  • quaten Jan 25, 7:42 p.m.

    This was inevitable.

  • Go Figure Jan 25, 7:41 p.m.

    Good riddance is right...

  • fayncmike Jan 25, 7:17 p.m.

    "Total incompetence showing it's ugly face. We need good people doing the much needed jobs especially in this economy.
    Rabbitdog"

    Good riddance to him! They need an animal lover not someone who thinks they're running a slaughter house.

  • lilloan Jan 25, 7:11 p.m.

    Thank you for your demonstration of the folly of human conceit. Humans are animals, just like every other mammal on the planet...a handful of genetic mutations separate our species from our nearest ancestor. Humans are just another member of the great apes family.....we just happen to be the most violent and destructive member of the group. 'just a dog' huh? I love my dog. My children, my siblings and my parents all love that dog. She's a valuable member of our family. And you? Well, you're just another human to this family!

  • dorindarindy Jan 25, 7:02 p.m.

    Just an animal billydjr? I am sick of people like you blaming starving children and humans problems on animals. What do you do to feed the hungry children. Putting Sassy to sleep when people wanted to give her a great home does nothing to help starving abused children. Your statement is so STUPID. Our problems are not brought on by animals. They do alot for us and help us in many ways. Can't say what else I want to say. Hope the moderators have the courage to let me post this.

  • lilrednekgrl Jan 25, 7:02 p.m.

    "Calls and emails poured in from concerned viewers after news broke of Sassy's death." How Many of Them "concerned viewers" Wanted To Actually Adopt The Dog??????????

  • dorindarindy Jan 25, 7:00 p.m.

    I wont say what you are timbo. Its not just a dog. Dogs are wonderful creatures. They do and give us alot, and this dog did not deserve to be gased, there were people already calling in to give her a wonderful home. My dogs are not just dogs, they are our companions and family. There are many things I would love to say to you, but they won't post them. Hopefully they will have the courage to post this. SASSY DID NOT DESERVE THAT. PERIOD.

  • badnews777 Jan 25, 6:58 p.m.

    This is a sad story for the dog as well as for the director. But no one is willing to accept the fact we have a problem with the animal population in every county. What's need is a solution to hopefully control the animal population. I am not against animals, however stray animals and animals with no home don't have much of an animal life. The State and counties should not be held accountable for the this fact. This means that tough decisions have to be made sometime. Unfortunately this was the policy at the time of the event. Just because the pet had been put on TV didn't change the policy. Now that the policy has been changed and a director has lost his job, the problem has not gone away. There are still too many animals for sheltors to house and tax payers to take care of. People pay taxes if they own pets, however this in no way pays for the animal control center cost. Maybe its time to step up the fee for owning animals. People don't want to see animals euthanized, how

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Jan 25, 6:58 p.m.

    TIMBO! ((((Timbo)))) :-)

    You're right. It is a dog and not a human. Nobody can argue that fact. It is, after all, a FACT.

    Not being an animal lover (I know, I know, you love people), you wouldn't understand. But some people look at their dogs as pets and some look at their dogs as family. Some people look at their dogs and see a relative or someone they know who, sure does favor their dog! LOL!

    :-)

    Beth

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 25, 6:52 p.m.

    I hope they don't overspend on the next person. It's a buyer's market for good people out there. I do hope he got rid of the one who made the mistake before he left.

  • billydjr1973 Jan 25, 6:50 p.m.

    They are just animals. If people spent more time helping those in need that are HUMAN maybe we wouldn't have so many starving and abused children in the United States. It's just a animal, put a bullet in it's head and move on. It's time we quit being so politically correct. Lord!

  • NCHighlander Jan 25, 6:42 p.m.

    Total incompetence showing it's ugly face. We need good people doing the much needed jobs especially in this economy.

  • timbo10.0 Jan 25, 6:36 p.m.

    People need to be realistic. It's a dog, not a human.

  • rescuefan Jan 25, 6:25 p.m.

    I agree scubagirl.

  • Scubagirl Jan 25, 6:07 p.m.

    Too bad he couldn't have made it a bit longer. He stepped into bad practice and caught the flak for it. Hopefully the replacement will love animals and not just see it as a job.

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