Las Vegas Councilwoman Victoria Seaman recently made a surprise visit to a Las Vegas animal shelter. She said she was appalled at what she saw. Seaman dropped in to The Animal Foundation for what she called a surprise inspection. In the intake area of the shelter, where animals are often dropped off overnight, Seaman said she saw dogs in their own feces and overturned food dishes. Seaman recalled the stench of feces in the air as well.
As reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal, “‘The place was appalling,’ (Seaman) said in a phone interview. ‘I’ve never seen anything so disgusting that an animal should have to sit in a cage in those conditions.’ In all, Seaman said, she and Tim Potts, the city’s chief of public safety, only saw one employee in the area.” Seaman is calling for an audit of the shelter and putting it up for discussion at the October 19 City Hall meeting.
But affiliates of the Animal Foundation are fighting back against Seaman‘s accusations. Also reported by the LVRJ, “Foundation CEO Hilarie Grey and board member Jan Jones Blackhurst, former Las Vegas mayor, vehemently rejected Seaman’s characterization in a phone interview Wednesday. ‘We find that to be nothing more than a political stunt, and not an indication of anything,’ Grey said.
‘The councilwoman’s antics are getting a little tiresome,’ Jones Blackhurst said.”
The Animal Foundation board members stated that they do not answer to a councilman and that Seaman was not within her bounds to make a surprise inspection. The members also stated that they are aware of the condition of the intake area and that it’s not uncommon for animals left overnight to be in different conditions than they end up after being inspected by a vet and placed in a more permanent space.
LVRJ reported that Jones Blackhurst said “‘If Seaman wanted to help, she could advocate for allowing animal control to microchip animals so they could be returned straight home, increase funding for shelters, or move to ban sales of animals at pet stores like Clark County recently did. But she’s not doing any of that. It’s not constructive; it’s disingenuous. Nobody cares more about our homeless animals than this staff and this board, and if the councilwoman wants to help, we would love the help. If she just wants to cause problems for her political agenda, then she’s not doing anything to help these animals.'”
–Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas