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August 29, 2006

Lassen County Animal Shelter Provides No Medical Care for Animals

The animals brought to the Lassen County Animal Shelter are not receiving any medical care. The only time the Lassen County Animal Shelter animals receive a visit from a the day they die. 

Are "adoptable animals" being killed, YES

A Survivor

Greta was taken from the Lassen County Animal Shelter by the Lassen Humane Society, on July 12, 2006. She was scheduled to be destroyed on July 14, 2006

Greta now has a wonderful new home in Magalia, California





The Lassen County Municipal Code (8.08.080) states that all animals taken into the custody of animal control which by reason of injury are unfit for further use shall be destroyed by arrangement of the supervisor 72 hours after impounding. Determination of an animal's lack of health or fitness for further use shall be made by a licensed veterinarian. 




August 15, 2006

The Lassen County Board of Supervisors agree to add Second Animal Control Officer

and one part-time clerk

The Supervisors instructed staff to "fill-in" the numbers for the badly needed additional staff for the new Lassen County Shelter. 

After much animated discussion, the "dispatch" for all animal control calls will be through 911. The calls then will be routed to the Animal Control Officers. After hour calls and overflow calls will be handled by the Sheriff's Department

Animal Control will stay within the County Public Works Department. 

The Supervisors Get Serious on Animal Control 

Supervisor Dahle supports the additional staff but wants to know the cost

The Board members get down to business and commit to a better run Animal Shelter


August 8, 2006

Lassen County Supervisors to Consider Adding Second Animal Control Officer to Budget



Contact Attorney Kenneth Phillips for dog bite lawsuits

The City of Susanville continues to ignore the growing dog problem 

The Susanville City Council included *$24,000 (?) for Animal Control Dispatch for the budget year 2006/2007 . Given the fact that the Police rarely act on any animal control problems, this is throwing money away that could have been spent on restoring the Animal Control Officer position.

*The County spends only $5,000 for dispatch 

Chris Gallagher eliminated this Animal Control position last June to hire a friend of his. 


Now he has hired a friend of Barbara France's husband at the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong. 






The City of Susanville's dog problem is increasing and they have chosen to "store" the Animal Control Truck.



Susanville City Council dragging feet on animal control. 

This is now a fulltime problem that requires a fulltime solution

The Susanville Chief of Police fired the Animal Control Officer in June of 2005. The specially ordered truck and "dog box" has not be used since. Shortly after Gallagher fired the Animal Control Officer, he hired a friend and promoted this friend over other disserving officers.

When dogs are allowed to run loose, they eventually form packs. Unaltered dogs that run loose will eventually breed . If they breed with feral or wild dogs, it will take years for the City of Susanville to resolve the problem. In the meantime, the Lassen County Seat remains AT RISK.


On February 13, 2006, this dog had been running loose at the Riverside Park for more than four hours. Families were stopping to enjoy the park but had to leave because of the nuisance and uncertainty of this loose dog. A Susanville police officer drove by when this dog was in the middle of Riverside Drive  and the officer did nothing but go around it.