Animal shelter problems continue

Three weeks after the resignation of administrator Steve Talley, following substantiated animal abuse claims, trouble persists at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

The same group of activists who filed a grievance outlining instances of mistreatment and mismanagement that led to changes at IACC have submitted a reform proposal to the Advisory Board and Board of Public Safety outlining their recommendations for how the shelter can move forward.

In a press release last week, Greg Brush of the Feral Bureau of Indiana, the group behind the grievances and recommendations, outlined the group’s dissatisfaction with current IACC procedures, citing a disturbing report of a dog tranquilized by an animal control officer and then left in a kennel unconscious, bleeding and eventually dying. In the same kennel, dog(s) infected with the very dangerous and contagious parvovirus were housed with the general population of kennel dogs, violating quarantine policies and jeopardizing the lives of the nearby animals.

“IACC has ample policies in place to prevent such occurrences and they are apparently ignored with disastrous, and all too often fatal results,” said Brush, the group’s spokesman.

Maureen Owen, veterinary technician and president of the Feral Bureau of Indiana and signatory to the group’s grievance, further added, “Tranquilizing is similar in consequences to general anesthesia. It’s very serious, and in veterinary practices, anesthetized animals must be warmed to maintain their body temperature and their heart and respiration should be monitored constantly. To lay a tranquilized dog in a cold kennel and then walk away and hope it will survive is reckless.”

The IACC Advisory Board is expected to present and vote on their own recommendations for reforming IACC at the next IACC board meeting on Oct. 8 at the IACC shelter, 2600 S. Harding St., at 6 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Gubernatorial (sorta) debate at IUPUI

Surrogates of candidates Mitch Daniels and Jill Long Thompson, along with the real Andy Horning, will debate the health care and health policy positions of the three major gubernatorial candidates on Monday, Oct. 13 at the Lilly Auditorium of the IUPUI library.

Indiana Family & Social Services Administration Secretary Mitch Roob will represent Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, and Indiana state Rep. David Orentlicher, M.D., will present on behalf of Democrat Jill Long Thompson. Libertarian candidate Andy Horning will represent himself. Each representative will present their candidate’s health care platform and answer questions from a panel of IUPUI students. IU Center for Health Policy director Eric Wright will moderate the debate.

The debate will coincide with the release of the IU Center for Health Policy’s nonpartisan, point-by-point assessment of the health care plans of both the Indiana gubernatorial and U.S. presidential candidates. An online version of the Center for Health Policy’s assessment will be posted the day of the debate at www.policyinstitute.iu.edu and copies will be available at the forum.

The debate begins at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13 in the University Library’s Lilly Auditorium, 755 W. Michigan St., on the IUPUI campus. Parking is available in the North Street Garage, Sport Complex Garage and Blackford Street Garage. Further directions are available at www.ulib.iupui.edu/libinfo/directions.

I-65 goes (sorta) green

One can now drive from Gary, Ind., to Mobile, Ala., and never be more than a quarter-tank’s drive from a “filling station” offering E85 fuel thanks to a large federal effort between four states, including our own.

“Indiana has been a leader in biofuels accessibility along the I-65 corridor and across the state,” Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a press release. “This initiative is making it even easier for those who travel in Indiana and other states in the heartland to make fueling decisions that have a positive impact on our energy independence.”

In 2005, there were no E85 or B20 fueling stations along I-65.With the completion of this project, there are now 31 retailers offering ethanol within easy on/off access of I-65.

More than $1 million of federal taxpayer monies were used to complete the “Biofuel Corridor” through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama, the four states through which I-65 travels. The project, which was started in 2006, partially funded infrastructure improvements to allow the sale of E85, B20 or both at fuel retailers along the corridor.

Partners in the project include the U.S. Department of Energy, the Indiana Office of Energy & Defense Development, the State of Tennessee BIOTENN Partnership, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance Inc., South Shore Clean Cities Inc., the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Growers Association, America Lung Association of Indiana, the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, General Motors and the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council.

The business of green

The Central Indiana Clean Air Partnership celebrated its first anniversary this past week. City leaders joined members of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to encourage additional businesses to join the effort to clean up Indy’s air.

“Clean air isn’t just a good idea; it’s good business too,” Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said. “Managing ozone and fine particle levels is important to our region’s continued economic viability.”

“Businesses benefit when their communities meet federal air quality standards,” according to CICAP.

The CICAP program outlines a number of steps businesses can take to make a visible difference in Central Indiana’s air quality. Businesses that join the CICAP program commit to a specific level of participation based on the actions they agree to implement, from installing “Idle Free Zone” signage in loading docks, to retrofitting diesel vehicles with diesel oxidation catalysts, to encouraging employees to ride their bikes to work.

“The mission of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business Initiative is to promote the interest of businesses that are committed and engaged in environmentally responsible operations and practices, also known as ‘green’ business practices,” GIGC President Roland Dorson said.

Businesses interested in becoming CICAP members can request materials by visiting the new CICAP Web site, www.indycicap.org.

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