No WCAS dogs at Petsmart, says ASAP

Doggone it! Confusion reigns. Are there, or are there not, dogs from Winnebago County Animal Services available at Petsmart?

Depending on whom you talk to, the answer could be yes or no.

In direct contradiction to a statement by Petsmart Manager Bob Lee in last week’s issue (“ASAP demonstrates WCAS policy”), Sheila Vayenas of ASAP said no death row dogs from Winnebago County Animal Services were ever taken to the Machesney Park store, or any local Petsmart store.

Bob Lee, contacted by The Rock River Times for clarification, said, “We have had dogs from Animal Services,” but he was unable to give us the dates the dogs were brought in. He didn’t have records of when they were there.

“We have dogs from several different groups several times throughout the month, every month,” he said. These are from breed rescue groups, some from Freeport, also a beagle group. He added that WCAS “gets $5 from Petsmart Charities for every animal we give them.” But he said the store does not keep records of when WCAS people are there with dogs.

Julie Setzer, a local resident, saw our earlier story and called Petsmart’s Machesney Park store on Feb. 9. She said she was told by another manager that “they have never brought dogs from Animal Services out there.” The only dogs they have are from rescue groups.

Sheila Vayenas of ASAP says she has called Petsmart for at least six months and has been told that WCAS “has never brought animals” to their store. She was at the East State Street store and was told the managers themselves had offered to bring the dogs out, but WCAS refused the offer. She said she spoke to the managers, who told her the same thing.

From the Feb. 15-21, 2006, issue

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