Protesters support humane society but not euthanasia

Protesters say they support the Humane Society but not increased euthanasia. (NTV News)

Protesters picket the Central Nebraska Humane Society after a Facebook post on Thursday went viral.

Concerned citizens have the impression that the Capacity to Care proposal is going to increase the use of euthanasia to make room for new animals.

"The employee posted on Facebook that they wanted to implement a new protocol of euthanasia. We don't feel that that is right. These animals were not put here in the shelter to be euthanized," said Beckie King, co-organizer of the protest.

A whistle-blower, Nicholas Vogel was at the protest and said he has been indefinitely suspended. He says he was trying to do the right thing by letting people know.

Protesters say they want to support the staff members at the shelter by finding homes for animals but don't agree with the Central Nebraska Humane Society board's direction for the future.

A different individual shared an email in the comment section of the Facebook post. A letter from the president of the Nebraska Humane Society to the manager of the Central Nebraska chapter about the details of Capacity to Care. It has not been confirmed to be legitimate.

The Facebook post and the alleged email that were deleted on Friday had an impact on the shelter's support.

"I've seen a lot of folks who were frustrated and angry. A lot of folks were saying, I'm sorry, I can't support the society if they're going to do this, I'm not going to volunteer," said Jeff Thomas co-organizer of the protest and volunteer for animals shelters.

The Central Nebraska Humane Society released a statement Friday about a new policy called Capacity to Care which is upsetting some members of the community. They say they have no intentions of becoming a "high kill" shelter but recent overcrowding has been an issue.

According to the director of CNHS, a light quarantine was placed on animals that had caught a minor cough which added to overflow.

"So now you're not able to move a third of your population. And you're still getting them in so we ended up with an over population," said Rose Ausmus, director of the Central Nebraska Humane Society.

Both sides say they care about the animals and want to find a solution.

Thomas says they're focused to find a solution for the overcrowding and has already found homes for almost a dozen animals. "We're going to continue every day to contact more rescues and get them involved to reduce the population so that the policy that's been proposed to start on Nov. 12th doesn't even need to even take place."

One of these organizations is K–9 Freekz Rescue based out of Kearney, one of the first to take two dogs Cherry and Cruizer, who the organization deemed most likely to be euthanized by the shelter. The president said they didn't know if the rumors were true but didn't want to take the chance.

K-9 Freekz Rescue says they are needing more foster homes and adopters for these dogs they are taking. You can go to their facebook page. Anyone from the area - not just Kearney residents- can adopt or foster these dogs.

Rose Ausmus is thankful that these organizations are helping.

"These people have come out of the wood work to help us and it's really encouraging to everyone here," said Ausmus.

According to an interview with the Grand Island Independent, Jill Hornady, the president of the Central Nebraska Humane Society Board says people who are speaking out on Facebook don't understand the complexity and that the number of adoptions do go up with the Capacity to Care policy.

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