Slaton Police Chief Addresses Shelter Concerns - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/9/08

Slaton Police Chief Addresses Shelter Concerns

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Slaton Police Chief Royce Goodson says changes are in the works for the city's animal shelter. This follows a NewsChannel 11 Investigation that revealed questionable procedures at the Slaton Shelter. We received numerous e-mails from people who say public access is very limited and that some of the animal quarters are not kept up.

Chief Goodson spoke about changes he's trying to implement Thursday morning on NewsRadio 1420's "Pet Talk".  NewsChannel 11 partnered with the radio station for this investigation.

Goodson says he wants to have someone at the shelter on Saturdays for adoptions. He also hopes to have more volunteers, and he says he's written, and is currently writing, new policies that will hopefully allow more access and better conditions. "A lot of the concerns that they have, I agree with, and there's a lot of things that we need to improve on," Goodson said. 

Goodson became the chief of police just six months ago, a fact that surprised some callers.  "I didn't realize you'd only been there six months," one caller said. 

Still, concerned citizens wanted answers. They asked several questions, such as:

  • "Is your micro-chip scanner working?"
  • "Will they accept volunteers?"
  • "What day do euthanizations occur on?"
  • "The animal control officer, why can't he do the adoptions?"

"We are trying to make changes as quickly as we can. It takes time; I think a lot of people, they're expecting me to be able to make those changes overnight, and I wish I could waive a magic wand and make those changes, but I don't have the power to do that. I do have the power to do what I can every day to make that shelter a better shelter, and I'm trying to do that," Goodson said. 

Some listeners called in to defend Chief Goodson. "If taxpayers would be more responsible for the welfare of their animals, there wouldn't be an overabundance to get lost. We would not be sitting here drilling this man," one caller said. 

Goodson finished the interview with a promise of change.  "Am I going to make our animal shelter friendlier toward adoptions? Absolutely. Would I like to see more adoptions? Absolutely. So, we're going to do that, and I'm going to do my best," Goodson said. 

Chief Goodson says they're welcome to volunteers and to folks who'd like to donate supplies or money for supplies to help take care of the animals. So, if you are concerned and want to help you may call the Slaton Police Department at (806) 828-2020.

10/6/08
NewsChannel 11 Investigates: Slaton Animal Shelter
Some have called it a kill facility for captured animals and people are complaining about how hard it is to adopt animals from the Slaton Animal Shelter before they're put to death. NewsChannel 11 Investigator Cecelia Jones goes undercover in Slaton to find out why citizens are being turned away from a publicly funded facility.

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