Revised guidelines at Wichita Animal Shelter on hold after backlash

WICHITA, Kan. The City of Wichita announces revised guidelines at the Wichita Animal Shelter, then puts proposed changes on hold after backlash from several rescue organizations.

Concerns include discussions about proposed guidelines that would limit how long rescues have to pull animals from the shelter and place restrictions on which animals shelters can pull.

Any proposed changes at the Wichita Animal Shelter are not going into effect this month as the city initially proposed. The city decided instead to continue its discussion and there is not a set time for when leaders will make a decision on anything proposed.

Wichita rescue organization Beauties and Beasts openly opposed potential changes, posting about new guidelines on its Facebook page.

Randi Carter with Beauties and Beasts says changes would have been three-fold. First, she says, changes would allow no extra time for groups to pull sick or injured dogs from the shelter before they're euthanized and, second, would block them from pulling dogs deemed "potentially dangerous."

Third, she says groups would still be allowed to request additional time to pull all other dogs after their final day, but that time would be limited to two extra days and isn't guaranteed.

Carter says that makes the group's job difficult, as they work with a lot of out-of-state rescues.

Other rescue groups in Wichita are in favor with at least some of the possible revised guidelines at the shelter.

"There are things far worse than humane euthanasia, and I have seen them," Says Ellen Querner with Pals Animal Rescue. "I will tell you there's more animals that are dumped, put in the river, taken some place and just dumped that don't make it. And so to me, I would rather have a humane euthanasia than another end to that."

Carter says the city needs to drop its proposal because people of Wichita want as many dogs as possible to live and find forever homes.

"Don't put these stipulations on our rescue and make it impossible for us to help our city," Carter says. "Because our city wants these dogs to live. so, don't shut the door on us."

The Wichita Police Department declined to interview about the proposal, but will continue the discussion and engage stakeholders on next steps.