RANCHO CUCAMONGA--An animal advocacy group has begun a campaign to
protest what it says is a direction away from an intended "no kill" policy
for the city animal shelter.
The group includes dozens of supporters
who attended a recent council meeting and five former Rancho Cucamonga Care
and Adoption Center volunteers who say they were dismissed as part of
retaliation for speaking out against shelter policy changes since the
arrival of new director Veronica Fincher in 2011. Also in the group was
animal shelter employee Jesse Kreider, and animal rights attorney Marla
At the meeting, the group raised allegations of dogs
staying in crates longer than they should and described the practice as
animal abuse. They also call into question adoption rates presented by the
city as successful.
"The city needs to have a director who is
supposed to be doing what the city said they would do in 2005," said Susan
Keithly, a shelter volunteer who was dismissed in November. "We are saying
they need a confident, committed director who can achieve "no kill" now."