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December 30, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Kitties left in the cold

Just not right

It is troubling to read that four employees of King County may be penalized for reporting inadequate/inhumane conditions at the Kent Animal Shelter. Common sense tells us that leaving cats in small, unprotected cages overnight in freezing conditions is not right [“Officers who criticized cat care at shelter could be reprimanded,” News, Dec. 26].

Records and Licensing Services Director Carolyn Ableman faults Sgt. Steve Couvion for making his report, saying “I think he used that as a method to bring it to the attention of management.” Well yes, I think he did too. Apparently because the people in charge of the shelter couldn’t figure out the problem with what they were doing for themselves.

Ableman seems much more concerned that her department has been exposed for doing a shoddy job than that cats are being held in inadequate conditions in her facility.

The newspaper story says tarps and insulating bales of hay were provided for the outdoor shelter area only after the Couvion report was filed. One has to question whether these improvements would have been made if the report had not been filed.

— Jan Whitner, Kenmore

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