If the restriction are not lifted on fosters in Paul and the shelter returns to a 3 day kill, the animals of Minidoka County will die.The city of Paul Idaho, under Mayor Randy Jones, has given notice to the Minidoka County Animal Shelter that they are wanting to enforce the 3 day limit of dogs coming into shelter, in other words after three days dogs will be euthanized. Foster kennels under the city of Paul were forced to transport their animals to safety last weekend, as the City of Paul Mayor Randy Jones wants to prevent foster's from taking in dogs to hold until rescue or adoption placement is found. Mayor Jones is behind the current city regulation of a 2 dog limit (to include personal pets) per home in the City of Paul, there by preventing rescue's and foster's from saving lives by pulling dogs from the shelter and holding them until transport to placement is found. Many foster's are considered "commercial general", and have been told that a business license wont help them. The City has made the procedure for a kennel license so extreme and time consuming, with the application process taking months to complete with no guarantee of approval. Mayor Jones does not want fosters in his town at all! All dogs in the care of foster's within the Paul city limits have been transported out of the area, and due to the new regulations, they will not be allowed to foster any more over the 2 dog per home limit. I am asking for help to save these dogs lives. There is an Animal Control Board Meeting on 05/22, and the Mayor Jones' city ordinance and the return to a 3-day kill, need to be placed on he agenda for discussion. Members of both the City of Paul, and the Minidoka County rescue community, as well as the animals they save, need our support.
I am voicing my support to repeal Mayor Jones' ordinance to restrict fosters in Paul and the proposal for the Minidoka Animal Shelter to return to a 3 day kill. I am asking Mayor Jones to clarify and expedite the city's kennel application and approval process, and remove the limit on 2 dogs per home. The animals of the Minidoka County Shelter deserve better than a 3 day life span, and deserve every opportunity to be rescued through the efforts of those who want to save them. I am requesting that the City of Paul's ordinance limiting fosters, and the 3-day kill proposal, be added to the 05/22 agenda of the Animal Control Board meeting. I stand with the world wide animal rescue community in condemning any attempt by city and county officials to impose regulations that will result in the animals of Minidoka County losing their lives.