LOVE posted previously about the need for Oro Valley to insure that "man's best friend" be properly cared for. Read our 2009 posting regarding then council member Salette Latas' "crusade" to establish some care here in Oro Valley. We even posted regarding Maricopa County's prisoner pet care program. So, when well-respected community resident Barry Gillaspie asked us to post a guest view about ballot Proposition 415 and its impact on Oro Valley we gladly agreed.
I have pondered for quite some time what to tell folks and in face of the awful, nasty and factually incorrect information that is being put out primarily in the Oro Valley area regarding Proposition 415 which is a proposal to construct a new Animal Care Center for the entire Pima County.
In full disclosure, since retiring from the Council and from my work profession I have begun volunteering at the Animal Care facility on a regular basis. In fact, many residents of Oro Valley volunteer along with myself. I am also proud to let you know that the Town of Oro Valley, in good part, has been key in driving Pima County to improve management, increase efficiency and begin reversing the dire situation at the Care Facility to one that now saves many of the animals that it is required by law to intake. It was just about 6 years ago that the Town of Oro Valley began challenging operations and costs for the facility and even did a study to evaluate the potential for starting its own care facility for animals. The numbers did not pan out; but as a result the County LISTENED!
Today we have an opportunity to do the humane and morally right thing by voting YES on Proposition 415. Unfortunately, there is small minority of people that are opposing this proposition based on misinformation, ignorance and downright nastiness.
Instead of trying to answer each of their claims, I am hopeful that you will take a moment to read this article by Mr. Emil Franzi, a staunch libertarian and conservative. The article begins: "Never has more false information and misplaced vitriol been spread in a local political campaign than is currently being circulated by the opponents to Pima County Prop 415, the proposal to build a new animal care facility."
Please know this: Today there are some 800 people from all walks of life volunteering at the Pima Animal Care Center. It is these citizens along with towns like Oro Valley that have seen the need to modernize this outdated monstrosity of a facility and pushed to place the item on the ballot. This is not pork and not a County boondoggle!
I have served my community for over 30 years in various ways, but I must tell all of you, that this is the most worthwhile effort I have ever been proud to be part of. I know this first hand, I live the horror of watching staff and volunteers work tirelessly to save the lives of helpless animals that are the problem of human conditions not their own.
Barry Gillaspie is 30 year resident of the Town of Oro Valley. He retired in 2010 after retiring from the Oro Valley Town Council in 2010.