In The Beginning

When we started this blog in August of 2010, our purpose was to show our readers how they could get involved in finding solutions to the problems at Dallas Animal Services – problems that had existed for decades and finally culminated in the arrest of the shelter manager on animal cruelty charges. In September of 2010, we wrote “The most valuable, compassionate, experienced staff members, tired of the stress and uncertainty at DAS, are leaving for jobs with other agencies. Dallas residents are angry, taxpayers are demanding change…We need to replace each and every manager and director with animal sheltering professionals and get Dallas Animal Services out from under the micromanagement going on in Code Compliance.”

By early October of 2010, some progress had been made, when we wrote “…. the progress now being made is not because of, but in spite of continued ignorance and mismanagement in Code Compliance.  Whether Code Compliance is intentionally trying to undermine some of the progress being made, or just completely lacking in basic management 101 skills is yet to be seen.”

Later in October, 2010 we wrote “But as it turned out, the Director of Code Compliance didn’t have the time to participate in ANY of those meetings with those other agencies after all.  He’d promised to be more involved in Dallas Animal Services and not to rely on middle-managers to run the department.  But then not two weeks later, the Director delegated his responsibilities to the Interim Assistant Director of Code Compliance…”

Since that time, a lot has changed but as the saying goes, the more things change, the more they remain the same.  Had we known then, what we know now, we’d probably have realized that hiring animal sheltering professionals to manage the department wouldn’t yield the long-term sustainable results we wanted.  We probably should have continued to insist the department be moved out from underneath the micromanagement and malice that seems inherent in Code Compliance.  It’s a lot like being the ugly Stepchild in a Grimm’s fairy tale.

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” -George Santayana



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