County made wrong animal shelter decision (Letter)

I attended the board of supervisors' meeting on Monday to support the awarding of the contract for the Mohave County Animal Shelter located in Kingman to the Humane Society of Mohave County. There were many other supporters who felt the same way in attendance. It was interesting, and not in a good way.

Buster Johnson, Hildy Angius and Steve Moss demonstrated an amazing closed-minded determination to preserve the status quo in awarding the contract yet again to Western Arizona Humane Society. Steve Moss emphasized the point that it is not the Kingman Animal Shelter, but the Mohave County Animal Shelter. I would like to remind him that Kingman is a part of Mohave County and we deserve a voice in county business just as much as Lake Havasu. Given the behavior of these three board members, I suggest changing the name to WAHS/Lake Havasu City Animal Shelter North.

I thanked Buster Johnson for reopening the contract to bidding but now retract that thank you as he threw us under the bus during the vote. The reason for his vote to reopen the contract to bids may have been a possible liability issue for Mohave County for not doing that in the first place. At least Steve Moss and Buster Johnson managed to keep a civil tone in their voices when discussing the issue. Wish I could say the same for Hildy Angius. Her hostile attitude was apparent in every statement she made.

Is there anything more aggravating than being lectured by elected officials and basically being told that we don't know what's good for us? Can't think of anything right now.

I would suggest that Johnson, Angius and Moss actually spend some time at the Mohave County Animal Shelter in Kingman on a regular basis to see how extremely inadequate the facility is and how the shelter is managed, but suspect they are well aware of the issues and it's easier to throw money at it so they don't have to take time out of their busy schedules.

Why not just send all the animals to Lake Havasu and use the Kingman facility as a holding station until they can arrive at their final destination?

I would like to say a big thank you to supervisors Jean Bishop and Gary Watson for displaying a willingness to make changes and for opposing awarding the contract to WAHS. Unfortunately, two votes don't trump three votes. The really sad part of all of this is the animals are the ones who are going to suffer the most.

Mary Miner

Kingman