Under the administration of Rodney Taylor, about twelve thousand animals have been needlessly killed since the inauguration of Rushern Baker as County Executive, two years ago.
On average, 60% of all animals entering the pound have been killed -- 85% of all cats. As many as 930 have been killed in a single month. Open admissions shelters in neighboring jurisdictions are adopting progressive programs and saving 90% or more of all animals presented to them (seven jurisdictions in Virginia alone). Yet, in Prince George's County, over more than a decade, only about 10% have been adopted, on average. This percentage remains flat.
Rodney Taylor refused to complete the assignments given by his supervisor which were to implement policies and establish programs that would improve the outcomes at the pound.
Rodney Taylor has ignored the law, denied citizens their constitutional rights, and trained his employees to do the same. When the court ruled against him, he violated the ruling, and lied about the judge's ruling on the county's web site.
While a candidate, Mr. Baker acknowledged that our county's kill rate was too high. Mr. Baker also said that the most important thing was to "get the right people working at the shelter". Mr. Baker's own CountyStat Team's research found that under the administration of Rodney Taylor, the outcomes of the Prince George's County pound were the worst of four neighboring jurisdictions during each of the past three years. The team also observed that the trend was not moving in the right direction.
Rodney Taylor has been given many opportunities over the past three years to show that he is competent to be the Administrator of Animal Management and has failed every test. Recently the CountyStat Team made several assignments to be completed by October 1, 2012. Rodney Tailor failed to produce once again.
Taxpayers of Prince George's county should be able to expect that employees of the government will be honest. We should be able to expect competent performance with produces effective programs with positive outcomes. Rodney Taylor has proven many times over that he is not qualified to hold the position of Administrator of Animal Management. It is past time to remove him.