Those pesky little facts again. No secrets here, folks! Is anyone really surprised by KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC/Usilton’s move to terminate contracts early? Not me. He pulled similar antics in 2012 when he walked out of negotiations with Kent County when the Levy Court refused to give him more money without an accounting of what it would be used for (Safe Haven ultimately took over the Kent County dog control contract and the animal warfare/games in Delaware began in earnest).
Usilton also threatened to cease operations in New Castle County during July 4th, 2012 weekend because he was unhappy his facility was being audited due to numerous citizen complaints. Juvenile patterns of behavior. Usilton is once again throwing a temper tantrum like a petulant child and cutting off his nose (and apparently a few employees, as well) to spite his face. He doesn’t care about the animals.
Or people. He never has. Of interest? The attacks against those who demanded accountability and oversight. Kent County Levy Court Commissioner Jody Sweeney and most recently, New Castle County Auditor Robert Wasserbach. They dared to question Usilton and conditions, policies and procedures at the dog pound. Usilton has quite a history of harassment, threats and retaliatory actions against anyone who speaks out against him.
SARCASM ALERT – The audacity of ANYONE to want to see BETTER for the animals and citizens of Delaware. And this huge secret they keep talking about? It isn’t a secret. They’ve been discussing life without contracts since at least 2012. And as recently as September 2014. Of course, certain parts of the OAW recommendations were met with criticism by KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC’s response in January 2015.
Twenty-two pages of response. How secret is that again? They even admit in the first paragraph of the letter THEY wrote that THEY requested the state take it back. Talk about inconsistencies! Oh. And secrets. Eye roll. I would be very surprised if Hetti Brown didn’t anticipate and consider the termination move by Usilton. She wrote about this type of behavior in Part 2 of the recommendations. I personally hope this crisis meeting scheduled for Monday, July 20, 2015 is productive and Usilton’s reign of terror on the animals of Delaware and their people ends NOW! That Usilton has gotten away with any of this for as long as he has is a travesty.
FROM OAW RECOMMENDATIONS PART 2: “Finally, and most importantly, government entities are continuously threatened with the possibility that service providers will suddenly end service, disabling enforcement of animal control and cruelty laws. This has been the case a number of times since 2010, leaving the government scrambling to find other options, usually at an increased cost.” Wait. What?! Imagine that.
LINKS IN BLOG: NEWS JOURNAL ARTICLE ANNOUNCING TERMINATION OF CONTRACTS: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/07/14/first-state-end-animal-control-delaware/30144573/ ADDITIONAL INFO FROM CAPE GAZETTE: http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/first-state-to-terminate-animal-control-contracts-throughout-delaware/1375396 USILTON/KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC WALKS OUT OF 2012 CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS: http://www.
doverpost.com/article/20120627/NEWS/306279996/?Start=1 http://kcspcareport.blogspot.com/2012_07_01_archive.htmlhttps://www.scribd.com/doc/271762332/2012-KCSPCA-What-Really-Happenedhttps://www.scribd.com/doc/271763096/Commissioner-LTE-KCSPCA-contract-negotiations NCC AUDIT DOCUMENTS:https://www.scribd.com/collections/14366437/New-Castle-County-Audit-of-KCSPCA-FSAC-DEACC OAW RECOMMENDATIONS: PART 1https://www.
scribd.com/doc/237105942/Delaware-Animal-Control-Recommendations PART 2https://www.scribd.com/doc/248937066/Delaware-Animal-Control-Recommendations-Part-2-or-Transition-Plan-Final NEWS ARTICLE ANNOUNCING MEETING: http://delawarestatenews.net/news/crisis-meeting-set-to-discuss-delaware-animal-control/ KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC 22 PAGE CRITICISM OF RECOMMENDATIONS: https://www.scribd.com/doc/257453990/DEACC-Response-to-OAW-Recommendations Our blog referencing much info on Usilton:https://hopefordelawaredogs.
wordpress.com/2015/04/06/delaware-has-a-huge-problem-its-name-is-kevin-usilton-heading-kcspcafsacdeacc/ Advertisements And here we have it. Straight from the horse’s a**. I mean mouth. Never is/was about the animals for Usilton. Only the money and the ability to do whatever he wants. The below quote is from this Cape Gazette article announcing Kent County SPCA/First State Animal Center/Delaware Animal Care & Control (KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC) will terminate all contracts early.
“Usilton said in a phone interview last week his agency would not do business with the state for several reasons, citing financial and transparency issues.” Usilton also claims KCSPCA/FSACDEACC’s capacity is 600 animals. Apparently, we missed the major renovations in the last four months that have increased capacity from 400 (Capacity cited in this March 2015 News Journal article is 100 cats & 300 dogs ).
$3.5 MILLION is a lot of reasons to be angry. Considering Usilton has NO oversight, NO accountability and NO actual concern for the welfare of animals, this (NOT so SECRET) move is LONG overdue. Yet, he still twists the truth to suit his agenda. What’s even worse? He still has a job. Secret? OAW Recommendations Part 1: https://www.scribd.com/doc/237105942/Delaware-Animal-Control-Recommendations OAW Recommendations Part 2: https://www.
scribd.com/doc/248937066/Delaware-Animal-Control-Recommendations-Part-2-or-Transition-Plan-Final http://delawarestatenews.net/government/animal-control-to-shift-back-to-state/ So secret, in fact, that KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC wrote a response to the OAW recommendations in January 2015. https://www.scribd.com/doc/257453990/DEACC-Response-to-OAW-Recommendations http://www.doverpost.com/article/20121205/NEWS/121209916 Let’s begin today with a quick history lesson to bring those unaware/unfamiliar somewhat up to speed.
PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR. http://www.doverpost.com/article/20121205/NEWS/121209916 Animal WARFARE in Delaware has been taking place for ages with many players and agendas involved. And for the contracted dog control vendor, KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC, it all boils down to money and accountability (or lack thereof). As for the director (J. KEVIN USILTON) at the pound (with the assistance of some very interesting characters with well documented histories of the same patterns of behavior) he likes to throw in A LOT of drama, harassment, personal attacks and juvenile actions on top of his blatant disregard for the laws creating a nasty environment in Delaware that does NOTHING to help animals.
All the while attacking good people trying to help animals. I call it orchestrated chaos. See Chaos links below. “Meanwhile, Safe Haven supporters privately accused Kent County SPCA Executive Director Kevin Usilton of coordinating a smear campaign against the Georgetown shelter, while others publicly claimed his agency failed to properly care for animals when it had the county contract.” Boy have we seen the lack of care of animals coming out of the pound.
Particularly, the death row dogs. In fact, lack of medical care was the basis for one of the validated complaints against KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC for violating the Shelter Standards Law (links below). And the smear campaigns? These people are (and have been) out of control for a very long time. Obviously, this is a quick synopsis. The information I’ve collected creates a tome. – TM (KENT COUNTY SPCA CHANGED THEIR NAME TO FIRST STATE ANIMAL CENTER & SPCA.
THEIR DOG CONTROL IS DELAWARE ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL = KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC) Chaos (This doesn’t even skim the surface!):Link to Delaware Office of Animal Welfare Shelter Standards Law violations by KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC:http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/oaw/animalshelterinsprpts.htmlDetails of KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC Shelter Standards Law violations:https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=382098665293458&id=221855434651116 https://www.
facebook.com/221855434651116/photos/a.223027284533931.1073741831.221855434651116/384890308347627/?l=9d8531ce58 Does anyone know or care to guess which “animal advocacy” group was responsible for this website (no longer live)? They’ve worked very closely with Usilton for years.:http://web.archive.org/web/20130831214328/http://citizenstosavesafehaven.info/Home_Page.html Here’s a hint:http://www.
nokilldelaware.org/who-is-fighting-no-kill-in-de/ Our blog referencing much info on Usilton:https://hopefordelawaredogs.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/delaware-has-a-huge-problem-its-name-is-kevin-usilton-heading-kcspcafsacdeacc/ News article and other links “highlighting” just ONE antic:http://delaware.newszap.com/centraldelaware/134861-70/pig-in-a-poke-pet-adoption-agency-names-piglets-after-its-criticshttps://www.
facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=435936056576385&id=221855434651116https://www.facebook.com/NoKillDelaware/photos/a.425391580810243.118402.175302099152527/937500722932657/ Screenshots of KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC describing job duties for “animal control officers”. Does anyone have a problem with the contracted dog control dog catchers killing dogs? I certainly do. Is this why so many dogs have simply disappeared in Delaware? Delaware Code spells out who can kill animals.
And nowhere does it say “dog catcher”. Facebook link. Screenshot of Delaware Code Title 16, Chapter 30F detailing who can kill animals in Delaware. Sequence prior to her stay at KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC. The latest victim (that we know of) of the out of control dog control in Delaware. The name Hulse keeps surfacing in abuse of power complaints. Please follow this link to another frightening example of what is happening to dogs and their owners in Delaware.
It NEVER stops with the people employed by the contracted dog control facility in Delaware and the director. This just happened in Kent County, but the continuous questionable actions by Kent County SPCA/First State Animal Center/Delaware Animal Care & Control and the silent nod given by the powers that be in this state MUST stop. Dog control in Delaware is OUT OF CONTROL! Just when I thought NOTHING could shock me about that place, this complaint did.
This link is to the May 26, 2015 Kent County Levy Court Business Meeting where this issue was brought to the commissioners attention. The public comments begin at the 1:10 mark. A copy of the home surveillance video showing the yellow dog run past and across street to the complaining individual and Dyer’s dog beginning to run and then turning around and returning to their home. Facebook link Earlier this year (2015), the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare posted public notice of proposed regulations for animals held in shelter.
This is the finished product. While disappointing, there are a few revisions, such as intake rate clarification (2.0), APPROVED “euthanasia” training course (3.3.4) , and changing the word “may” to “shall” (7.3 & 15.3.1). Other areas of note with slight revisions are 1.0, 4.2.3, 5.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.4, 8.4, 10.1, 10.2.4.12 (10.2.5), 11.1.3, 11.4, 11.9, 14.1.9, 14.1.10, 14.3, 14.5 (now 14.
6 added – “The Agency will add regulation 14.6 to read “A medical history to include examinations, vaccinations, and all medical treatment shall be provided in written form with the animal at the time of adoption or transfer.”), and 15.1.2. Official Delaware Register of Regulations (final regulations pertaining to killing animals in “shelter” begins on page 67 and ends on page 86. Many items were disturbing to me, specifically the addition of more weapons to the arsenal used to kill animals in Delaware.
As was the draft, which appeared to be (in part) a copy and paste job of the 2013 regulations proposed by the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Poultry and Animal Health Section. (This is the division where state vet Heather Hirst and FORMER Spay/Neuter program coordinator Lisa Tanielian operate.) The contracted dog control people, Kent County SPCA/First State Animal Center/ Delaware Animal Care & Control made their feelings (and pro kill policies) very obvious in their opposition to the regulations in this letter.
From their public comments (beginning on page 82), Usilton and Warburton seem more concerned about complaints against KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC than about the animals they are paid to “care” for. And lead based paint. Usilton comments Warburton comments Another interesting comment (considering the longstanding connection between KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC & employees of this division of the Delaware Department of Agriculture) made by Sherri Warburton, Director of Animal Control Delaware Animal Care and Control and First State Animal Center and SPCA, is copied and pasted here: “Lastly, there is no mention of actions involving the state veterinarian who still has a poultry and animal division.
Since there’s no full-time veterinarian on staff with the Office of Animal Welfare, it’s alarming that veterinarian expertise in both writing policy and defining violations such as this Title 16 Animals Held in Shelters is absent.” With the OAW response quoted here: “Agency Response: The Agency appreciates and acknowledges these comments. The State Veterinarian has authority within Title 3, Agriculture, and the Shelter Standards Law is under Title 16, Health and Safety.
The Office worked in consult with a Delaware licensed veterinarian in drafting these regulations.“ Equally interesting is the mention of certain “animal welfare” people in Delaware who commented on the regs, but since their comments didn’t have anything to do with the proposed regs, they were not included in the public comments. Probably more KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC cheerleading. Others commented on the proposed regulations (Marlene Oetzel is LnF Dog Rescue – a long touted KCSPCA registered rescue partner who was outed earlier this year as claiming to operate as a registered non-profit although her IRS status was revoked in 2012.
Beth Suydam is the founder of Delaware Animal Advocacy Guild. And a slew of other little groups whose sole purpose was to destroy Safe Haven and other rescues and support KCSPCA/FSAC/DEACC unabashedly. Patrick Carroll is the executive director of Delaware Humane Association. We were told his comments at the February 23, 2015 public hearing pertained to animals being brought to Delaware from other states.
Sigh REALLY?! Do the senior staff members at the pound in Delaware REALLY have nothing better to do than to attempt to get good people fired from their jobs? Snort. I’d say they do. And that would be THEIR OWN JOBS! Because we all know how inept they are. Just read the attached emails. Following our update post today on two awesome dogs SAVED from their facility, guess who was back in full force trying to get someone fired? Again? Yup.
You guessed it. A senior staff member of the pound. THIS MAKES SIX (6) PEOPLE THAT WE KNOW OF WHOSE EMPLOYERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED AFTER BEING CRITICAL OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE POUND. Do they really think they can continue to cover up and hide their despicable actions? My suggestion to our contracted dog control agency is this: Stay off HFDD during working hours, do your jobs and STOP stalking people on Facebook.
Novel idea, huh?! UPDATE on Smoke & Stash, now Baxter & Dash: The three Mutt Mamas, Kim, Amie & Katie, pictured here with Smoke and Stash, are so very happy to announce that the boys saved from the pound in Delaware have both found their forever homes. These pups (and the ladies) have been through quite an ordeal due to the boy’s having a myriad of health issues when they were pulled from the pound.
Both dogs had kennel cough and influenza, which turned into pneumonia. Very important to note here that the “ACO” investigating the complaint initially refused to seize the dogs from the situation they were in because they “were not sick, or suffering”. Equally interesting is how a senior level KCSPCA/FSAC staff member went after one of these angel’s job with a vengeance. Anyone care to guess who at the pound would do something like that?! But Smoke (now Baxter) and Stash (now Dash), also formerly known as IDs #324875 & #324876, have thankfully recovered and are safely & happily ensconced in their new lives.
Thanks to three fearless ladies. Mutt Mamas – YOU ROCK! Check out the original story of Smoke & Stash here:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.340141732822485.1073741869.221855434651116&type=3See Also: A Plus Appliance Repair
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