Mayor says Helen Woodward report inaccurate

The following statement was issued by Christie Tolbert, mayor of Hinkley Town, Utah, in response to a press release from the Helen Woodward Center, correcting what she said are a number in accuracies in a March 26 story.

“On March 26, 2010, Fox 15 News in San Diego, California, aired an erroneous story concerning animal control practices in Hinckley Town, Utah. The story was also published online at Fox 15 News and the Web site and Helen Woodward Animal Center have claimed that Hinckley Town, Utah, has been shooting and then running over the heads of homeless animals and then dumping their bodies into the Town’s sewage ponds. These statements are false.

“Furthermore the dog named Jed, claimed by the Helen Woodward Animal Center to have escaped an inhumane death from a Utah animal shelter, did not come from Hinckley Town’s animal shelter.

“Hinckley Town contracts with a local veterinarian for euthanasia services. Animals are held between five and seven days depending on the temperament of the animal. Our veterinarian also keeps the animals for a considerable length of time to ensure every possible attempt is made to either reunite the dog with its owner or find a new owner.

“Hinckley Town also posts fliers throughout the community when a wandering dog is picked up by our animal control officer. Only sick cats are sent to the veterinarian for euthanasia. All healthy cats are adopted by a resident of the county.

“The Hinckley Town Council neither approves nor condones the mistreatment of animals in any way.”

By Helen Woodward Animal Center

Jed, a 6-month-old puppy that escaped an inhumane death at a Utah animal control facility, is available for adoption at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Before arriving at the Center he was rescued from a, “shelter” that keeps orphaned pets 72 hours. After that time the pets are shot. If the shelter runs out of bullets animals are run-over by a truck and their bodies thrown in a sewage pit.

“We’re still trying to wrap our heads around this,” says Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) spokesman John Van Zante. “How does an animal control facility call itself a, ‘shelter’ then take such inhumane actions to deal with orphaned pets? The mayor of the community that does this says it’s efficient and cost-effective. But neighbors say the pets are not always dead when they’re thrown in the pit.”

Adoptions Manager LaBeth Thompson works with animal welfare groups across the country to help find families for pets. This is the first time she’s ever heard of a shelter that shoots or runs-over pets as a means of euthanasia. “Never during my 28 years at Helen Woodward Animal Center have I heard of any animal welfare organization that uses such cruel and antiquated methods to deal with an animal entrusted to their care!”

An article on says that residents of Hinckley, Utah, are speaking out on the city’s animal control policy. One resident says, “They had collars on them. They were people’s pets.” She adds that some of the wounded crawl onto her property and die.

Van Zante says that Jed is a sweet, healthy puppy in spite of his background. “He seems to be a German Short-haired Pointer mix. Right now he’s around 40 pounds. He’ll grow up to be a medium-to-large dog with lots of energy.”

Jed’s adoption fee is $195. Adoption fee includes microchip, up to date vaccines, medical and behavioral exams, and neuter surgery. All pets adopted from HWAC receive a complimentary one-night stay at Club Pet Boarding.

To meet Jed or any of the other orphaned dogs and cats in need of loving families visit Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, call 858-756-4117, or log on to

Read the story from Henry’ here.

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