Seniors Alert Scheme to be extended in Donegal

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ By News Highland – October 21, 2017 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Twitter Google+center_img Seniors Alert Scheme to be extended in Donegal WhatsApp €2.3 million has been allocated by the Department of Rural and Community Development for the renewed Seniors Alert Scheme, coming into effect from November 1st.Since 2015, 490 senior citizens in Donegal have received a personal alarm with more to qualify this year.Government Chief Whip Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the news, he says he is; “delighted to announce that this scheme will be extended to even more people locally thanks to a new range of measures.”From this year, you no longer have to be living alone in order to qualify for the scheme.Minister McHugh says; “This measure exists with the support of local voluntary groups and if users feel in danger or require immediate assistance they can activate the device which will alert designated members of their community who can then assist them.”New elements of the scheme include free monitoring of the alarm service for the first year, after which the person pays a small fee and a boost to administrative payments to community groups involved in rolling out the scheme.All users have a base unit installed in their home which is connected to a national Seniors Alert Scheme helpline using landline or mobile telecommunications and when the personalised alarm is activated, a call is transferred to the national call centre which is open 24/7.The operator will speak with the person and will decide whether to alert a local volunteer responder or, in potentially serious circumstances, the emergency services.The alarm can be worn as a pendant or like a watch.Another technological development was launched by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, this week to help make rural Ireland a safer, more connected place.Advanced Mobile Location (AML) works by automatically finding a phone’s GPS co-ordinates when a 112 or 999 number is dialled.The co-ordinates are immediately passed to the emergency services in responding and dispatching emergency personnel to callers in need across Ireland.Minister Ring said: “This new technology will have a major impact on people’s lives, particularly in rural areas.“It will help if someone crashes or witnesses a crash on a remote rural road but does not know their location; or if someone gets lost or hurt while out walking or hiking. It will lead to quicker response times and potentially save lives.“My Department is working to connect communities and this technology is creating a more connected and safer Ireland.” Previous articleAppeal after woman is assaulted by a number of malesNext articleSearches continuing of River Foyle for missing Mark Gallagher News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Barbara Perrin, 60, Derby: Aug. 21, 1953 – Oct. 10, 2013

first_imgVisitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, October 14, 2013 from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Funeral Services will be held at the First Christian Church on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:30 A.M.  Pastor Don Bryant will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at the Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven, KS. Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Barbara PerrinBarbara L. Perrin, age 60, loving wife, mother, grandmother, died Thursday, October 10, 2013 at her home in Derby, KS.  Barbara worked as a bank branch manager for several years.Barbara L. (Smith) Perrin was born on August 21, 1953 in Wellington, KS to Wilbur W. Smith, Sr. and Hazel C. (Potts) Smith.  She attended Wellington schools and graduated with the Wellington High School Class of 1971.Barbara married Ronald L. Perrin on February 6, 1971 in South Haven, KS.  They lived in the Wellington area for many years before moving to Derby.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, her work and doing for others.She was preceded in death by her mother.Survivors include her father, Wilbur Smith, Sr. of Wellington, KS; loving husband of 42 years, Ronald of Derby, KS; one son, Jesse Perrin and his wife Lyndsay of Derby, KS; three daughters, Krisgina Fossoh of Wellington, KS, Amber Galindo of Port St. Lucie, FL and Maxie Richardson and her husband Danny of Mulvane, KS; one brother, Wilbur Smith, Jr. and his wife Cindy of Wellington, KS; three sisters, Pat Pruitt of Overland Park, KS, Lynda Redd and her husband Alan of Grove, OK and Wanda Cathey and her husband John of Fort Worth, TX; and 13 grandchildren.center_img A memorial has been established with the Parkinson’s Association in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at or mailed to the funeral home. To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Lawsuit filed in federal court against City of Conway Springs over traffic stop dispute

first_imgSumner Newscow report — In a story written by Paul Rhodes, publisher of the Conway Springs Star, the city of Conway Springs and several other defendants are facing a lawsuit the stems from a local traffic stop in February, 2014.According to court records and attorney Ed Keeley, who is representing the city of Conway Springs, and two former officials with the city’s police department, the lawsuit involves a traffic stop by Jeff Cole, who at the time was a police officer for the city of Conway Springs. Cole is a defendant in the lawsuit, along with former Conway Springs Police Chief Matt Dennis.The lawsuit was filed on Feb. 15 in United States District Court by Brooklyn Lonker, who was a passenger in the vehicle involved in the traffic stop. According to Keeley, there was an investigation at the scene and “the facts are disputed about what happened at the scene.”Additional defendants in the lawsuit, according to Keeley, are former Sumner County deputy Jared Lyden, Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers and the Sumner County Board of County Commissioners. Kelley said he is not representing any of those additional defendants.Kelley said he could not provide any additional details concerning the case, which has been assigned to a federal judge in the Kansas City area. He said that assignment was made because of the location of the attorney representing the plaintiff.According to a copy of the lawsuit, which has been obtained by the Conway Springs Star and Argonia Argosy, the incident in question occurred on Feb. 16, 2014, shortly after midnight when Cole stopped a vehicle containing three high school students.The lawsuit alleges that Lonker was deprived of her constitutional rights because of police actions by Cole and Lyden. The lawsuit also alleges that there was an “internal investigation by the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department geared towards covering up the officers wrongdoing.”The traffic stop subsequently included field sobriety and preliminary breath tests on the driver, which were passed, according to the suit. Longer and the other passenger refused to submit to a PBT or to answer questions and the suit alleges that Lonker was handcuffed by Lyden, placed in his patrol car and threatened.According to the lawsuit, Lonker later was cited for minor in possession and transportation of an open container. The suit alleges that Lyden “permitted the video and audio of the stop and his interaction with plaintiff to be destroyed to conceal his wrongdoing and to conceal his violations of the plaintiff’s Constitutional rights.”The lawsuit also alleges that the city of Conway Springs continued with prosecution efforts despite its knowledge that the evidence has been destroyed and that Cole and Lyden had violated the civil rights of the detained parties. According to the suit, the three high school students were detained for two and a half hours for the traffic stop.“We’re at the very early stages of this lawsuit,” Keeley said. “We’re denying the claims and believe the officer (Cole) acted appropriately.”Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (10) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 230 weeks ago First, the cops have to have a reason to stop you. Mostly any time around midnight cops will be stopping you for something that is hard for the defendant to prove that they didn’t do it. Driving slowly, left of center, failure to maintain a lane, no turn signal 100 feet for turn. Then other ones, tag light out, brake light out, headlight out. When the cops are really trying to nail someone, cracked windshield. windows tinted to dark. Just look at the police notes and see what cops ticket. Then look at the times. Usually 9PM to 4AM. They’z just looking for drunks. The cops messed up here, they usually just stop whens there’s only one in the car. This had three. To many witnesses. Thats just how they work. With nothing to prove that you didn’t do anything wrong is an uphill battle. Most cop cars have cameras in them now. But you hear all the time of them not working at the time of the stops. Best way for drivers to have a chance is to have a dash camera install in your car. They make them for about a hundred or two, front and rear view with microphone recorders in them also. Remember, cops do not always tell the truth, you can see that on the news just about daily on the tube where a cop got caught lying. So next time the cops pull you over at 2AM and say’s you didn’t make a complete stop at a stop sign you can show him or her that you did. Then go get you a lawyer and let him handle it. A hundred or two could save you a lot of misery and money. Report Reply 0 replies · active 230 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 230 weeks ago Turkeyleg, the dashcams are even cheaper than that. I have one in my car and use it all the time. Once the car starts I turn it on and then turn it off when I turn the car off. Mine cost about $20, granted it’s only forward facing but takes great video. Since I’ve started using it about 2 years ago I’ve not really needed it for anything but I have it for just in case, Report Reply 0 replies · active 230 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Drumstick! · 230 weeks ago Yeah…I can believe this story. The cops video/audio ran out of space right at the point he started threatening me with my kids! Total BS if you ask me, and yes THEY DO LIE! It’s perfectly legal for them to do so too. I don’t trust the police anymore, and specially don’t trust Sumner County Law enforcement. There are a few good ones, but most around here are just looking to lock you up! Well guess what boys in blue….I have a recorder as well, and every time we talk. YOU WILL BE RECORDED BY ME! Report Reply 0 replies · active 230 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down YourRights · 230 weeks ago Actually turkeyleg, that is false. You will often hear the phrase “the police didn’t have probable cause to stop me.” It doesn’t matter. Police do not need probable cause to stop someone. It is noted in the Kansas Articles and Statutes that police can detain persons without their consent as long as the police have a reasonable, articulable *SU****ION the person has, is, or soon will be engaged in criminal activity. It is also legal for the police to lie, manipulate, threaten and trick you into confessing or surrendering your rights. I disagree with the way our system is set up sometimes. And by no means do I agree that police should be able to do either of these things…. I was just simply hoping to inform because it’s surprising at how uneducated and misinformed people are with laws and statutes, their rights, and police rights. Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 20 L.Ed.2d 889, 88 S.Ct. 1868 (1968); State v. Baker, 239 Kan. 403, 720 P.2d 1112 (1986) Terry, 392 U.S. 1; State v. Epperson, 237 Kan. 707, 711-712, 703 P.2d 761 (1985). See K.S.A. 22-2402 Footnote and amendments thereto. Report Reply 1 reply · active 229 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 229 weeks ago Hate to say this, but what you are talking about is about a total different thing. If a person is running down the street and there is a bank with their alarm going off behind the person running, say around midnight, the cops can stop the person and investigate. But when a person is operating a car and is obeying all the traffic laws, the cops have no right to stop you. Any first year law student can tell you this. If what you say is the case, just why do we need DUI checkpoints or seat belt checkpoints. On those, the courts say the cops can”t just stop any one person just to see if they are breaking a law, say wearing a seatbelt but if they stop everyone to check on seatbelts being worn, that is legal. Personally I think if the cops are stopping just for seatbelts, that is all they can be ticketed for. Even if theres a pound of dope in the other seat. The cops just could just stop anybody any time. Now the Supreme Court did make a ruling 2015, that police officers only need to “reasonably believe” something is against the law to pull someone over. Driving down the street straight, on the right side, at or under the speed limit, all car systems working and obeying all traffic laws is not under the “reasonable belief” to get stop. On the other, lying. Yes a cop can BS and or lie for a confession, but if ol’e Barney gets on the stand at a court trial and lies about facts about the case, that cop just perjured himself. Any Kindergarten Cop would know that. And the cop should be punished, fired and jailed. What City, County, State and Federal attorneys have forgot, is, that they are to help protect the public from bad people, and they need to also protect the public from lying cops. Maybe if the bad cops would quit lying it would make the good cops job a little easier. Report Reply +6 Vote up Vote down Sam’s Mom · 229 weeks ago There are always two sides to every story, and you can file a lawsuit against anybody. But this business of “covering up” is just plain stupid. That’s not how the Sheriff’s Office does business. Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Larry · 229 weeks ago From what I am hearing, it sounds like you all have found the officers guilty. That’s odd since it’s not even before a judge or jury and unless you were there then you don’t know for sure what really happened. Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 229 weeks ago 3 high school kids being pulled over with alcohol. Yeah, I’m sure they’re stand up kids and wouldn’t lie about anything. Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mary Edwards · 217 weeks ago Thank you so much for posting this. I think this really puts things into a different light. I mean, I have read about this stuff before but the way you write just makes it clearer. If that makes sense lol Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ellen Smith · 194 weeks ago The police are there to help people not to create problems for them. If there is a need for a road to be blocked for some case enquiry you should divert the traffic in order to prevent hardship to people. missing period Report Reply 0 replies · active 194 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Ingebrigtsen siblings’ track success driven by ‘dictator’ father’s tough love

first_imgOne of the boys….Filip Ingebrigtsen. PHOTO IAAF ORGDoha, Qatar | AFP | Gjert Ingebrigtsen admits he is a dictator but one who produces results as three of his sons — Jakob, Henrik and Filip — will contest Monday’s 5,000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships.The youngest of the Norwegian family trio, 19-year-old Jakob — who achieved a remarkable 1500m/5,000m double at the European Championships last year — earned a reprieve to join them in the final after winning an appeal against disqualification following his heat in Doha on Friday.Their story is not unique in terms of three brothers succeeding in athletics — the Borlee siblings (Dylan, Jonathan and Kevin), also coached by their father, won European gold last year in the Belgian 4x400m relay team.But the Ingebritsens’ story stands out given that their father had no athletics background whatsoever.The 53-year-old Gjert’s skills appeared to lie elsewhere as he acts as accountant for his wife Tone’s hair salon business and his day job is working for a logistics company.He revels in having been termed a dictator by Filip — who was European 1500m champion in 2016 following in the footsteps of 28-year-old Henrik, who won the title in 2012 — in a reality television series that Gjert agreed to despite the reservations of his sons.In the TV series, Filip objected to his father forcing the 26-year-old to cancel a holiday wth his then girlfriend.– ‘You have to be a dictator’ –Filip’s subsequent move to Oslo with his now wife last year from the family home city of Sandnes was not appreciated by Gjert.“I don’t know anybody from Oslo being good at anything,” Gjert dismissively told the Daily Telegraph. “In sport, a dictatorship is much better than the opposite.“You have a small time of year to be at your best and you cannot have democratic decisions for everything.“You have to be a dictator. You have to take decisions in a short time and have to believe that what you are doing is the best for the boys.”Gjert, who is also the boys’ agent and manager, may have produced results on the track but they are not necessarily approved of by the Norwegian populace as a whole.“They don’t really like the professional mentality in Norway,” Filip told the Daily Telegraph.“They want to be like they are just out for recreational training and suddenly you’re the best. “That’s not how things work. You need to be focused over time. You need to have a different mentality. You can’t be like the rest.”The boys — three of seven children ranging in age from 31 to five — have been ultra-competitive from the early days, even down to which of them would get in or out of the family car first.Super excited to reach my first final in a global championship!! Can’t believe that 3x Ingebrigtsen is ready to race on monday, LET’S GO! 🥰 #Final #Doha2019 #TeamIngebrigtsen @ Khalifa International…— Jakob Ingebrigtsen (@JakobIng) September 28, 2019– ‘To endure me’ –Gjert told the BBC there was no special switch that was suddenly turned on — they were just a normal Norwegian family enjoying outdoor pursuits and he is not “especially interested in sport.”“It might be that I am rather strict in the way I see things,” he said.“The boys come to me and say: ‘I want to be a European champion.’“I say: ‘I want to help you, I can help you, but you have to do everything that I tell you.’“I stand out from other parents. I am very demanding and it is a kind of contract between me and the boys to help them be the best they can be — but they have to endure me following them every day all year.”Filip, who will along with Jakob double up in the 1500m, does despite his “dictator” remark appreciate the end results.“He will always be my father,” he told the BBC. “You can’t take that hat off and say now I am your coach.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

NYC hospital where nurse died, to offer staff testing after protest

first_imgMount Sinai hospitals says they will make coronavirus test kits available to staff members after several workers held a protest over the lack of adequate personal protective equipment and the inability for staff members to be tested at the hospital.Staff members at the New York hospital told NBC News that even though a nurse died after contracting the virus, and many other staff members in his department were beginning to show symptoms, they were not given access to the test.“The way management has been managing this crisis showed us that infectious disease protocol or staffing safety is not their concern,” a nurse told NBC.After a protest and several inquiries made by NBC, the hospital sent an email to staff members oking the testing of those showing symptoms:“Starting on Tuesday, April 7, if you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we would like to test you for this viral infection using the PCR test with a nasopharyngeal swab within a few days of the onset of your symptoms,” said the email Saturday from Senior Vice President Vicki R. LoPachin to all staffers of the New York City area’s Mount Sinai hospital network. “This will provide guidance to you and to Employee Health Services regarding your clinical status and return to work.”For those who experienced symptoms prior to April 7th, the hospital says it would use another test:“If you were symptomatic prior to April 7, we would like to test you for COVID-19 infection using the serum antibody test. This will provide guidance to you on whether you did have COVID-19 infection as well as whether you are a candidate to provide a plasma donation to help others.”Read more here.last_img read more

Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers 30-21 to win Super Bowl LIV

first_imgAdvertisement 8wtsv0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4alWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eatbp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9lWould you ever consider trying this?😱wg1aCan your students do this? 🌚xaj9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Kansas City Chiefs have now become the Super Bowl Champion after fifty years. Patrick Mahomes led Chiefs defeated San Francisco 49ers 30-21 to win Super Bowl 54.Advertisement SB LIV took place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. In the fourth quarter, Chiefs were down by 10 points. However, a surge from Mahome’s offence and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter led the Chiefs to their first win in half a century.Advertisement Mahomes didn’t look like his usual self in the second and third quarter as she threw 2 interceptions. Mahomes completed 26 of 41 passes for 286 yards. He scored two rushing touchdowns in the process.Damien Williams ran for 133 yards and scored two touchdowns in the process. Meanwhile, other running backs like Tyreek Hill ran for 105 receiving yards and Sammy Watkins for 98 receiving yards.On the other hand, a big reason behind such a victory from Chiefs is because of the head coach Andy Reid. The 61-year old has coached for 21-years. He spent 14-years being the head coach of Philadelphia Eagles and 7-years coaching the Cheifs. Under his tenure, the Eagles and Cheifs have collectively reached the playoffs 15 times. He also has 207 regular-season wins and 14 playoff wins. This is only his second SB win. His previous came in 1997 when he coached the Green Bay Packers.“I’m humbled by it,” Reid said during Super Bowl week. “Very humbled by it. I have great guys here. Friends likewise around the league. Been doing it a long time. This is about this team, the guys that have worked so hard to get where they are. The players, the coaches, the organization. It’s a team effort even getting to this position.”US President Donald Trump also took to twitter to congratulate Cheifs on their victory.“Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game and a fantastic comeback under immense pressure. We are proud of you and the Great State of Missouri. You are true Champions!,” Trump tweeted.ALSO READ:NBA Recap, 13/3/19 – LeBron and Lakers cruise past Bulls Advertisementlast_img read more

State Turns Down Plea For Traffic Light

first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK – The call by borough officials for another state traffic analysis and plea for a new traffic signal for a problematic intersection have been met with another apparent “no” from Trenton.The Borough Council’s Oct. 11 resolution sought to have the state Department of Transportation (DOT) again evaluate the intersection at Riverside Avenue/State Route 35 and Bodman Place, a particularly sticky traffic location at the borough’s northernmost point.“The borough is trying to tell them, stop the talking,” Mayor Pasquale Menna said last week. “Now get to work and come up with a solution.”But the DOT said it has been down this road before with borough officials about this location and its response remains unchanged. “NJDOT has investigated this request numerous times over several decades and has communicated to elected officials on multiple occasions that adding a traffic signal at the intersection of Bodman Place and Route 35/Riverside Avenue is not feasible,” said Steve Schapiro, the department’s director of communications, in response to The Two River Times’ request for comment about the recent resolution.Schapiro explained the most recent DOT investigation of the intersection occurred in late 2016, followed by a meeting with local officials in early 2017, “to once again explain to the town that adding a signal is not warranted.”Menna remembered that DOT review as “an army of individuals, all of them making the same notes, and one or two persons talking and looking at each other.”Menna took Schapiro’s assessment as “a typical bureaucratic response from individuals who are indifferent to the conditions on the ground.”For years the borough has experienced pedestrian safety issues along Riverside Avenue, which is an extension of state Route 35 through the borough, and has had state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) reach out to state transportation officials for assistance.The area is lined with several restaurants, apartment developments, senior housing complexes, office buildings and access to two hotels. Over the last 20 years, according to Menna, traffic has intensified and development has changed the complexion of the area. “Frankly, the intersection was fine 20 years ago,” Menna said, “but no longer.”Bodman Place has Oyster Point hotel, along with condominiums and office buildings, and leads out to Riverside Avenue. The problem, Menna noted again, which other borough officials have brought up over the last few years, concerns traffic moving onto Riverside from Bodman, especially those turning left to travel southbound, as well as traffic traveling south on Riverside, looking to turn left onto Bodman.Riverside Avenue is a four-lane road that has an S-curve in that area, in close proximity to Route 35 at the Coopers Bridge. Traffic travels at a pretty quick pace, creating a dangerous mix, Menna pointed out.Menna is a lawyer who maintains offices on Bodman Place. He said he is well aware of the intersection’s difficulties, facing them almost daily.The borough police’s Traffic Safety Division also supports the traffic light recommendation, according to the resolution.“Frankly, at the end of the day, the reason they’re being shy about it is financial,” Menna said, alleging the state DOT doesn’t want to spend money for a traffic signal, when another signal is close by.A traffic signal could cost up to $250,000, according to Menna, and the borough would be willing to pay 25 percent of the cost, the standard local contribution. As for it being too close to another light, the mayor pointed to traffic lights, authorized by the DOT, at the West Front/Water streets and Water Street/Maple Avenue intersections, which are close to other signals; as well as the fact that Asbury Park, along Route 71, has signals at seemingly every intersection.Borough officials have formally designated Riverside Avenue as an area in need of rehabilitation. That was done, Menna noted, in anticipation of redevelopment of some of the properties along that corridor.And that, Menna determined, makes traffic and pedestrian safety improvements that much more important.Schapiro said DOT engineers feel a traffic signal at Bodman “would increase the potential for same direction crashes and create coordination issues negatively affecting traffic on Route 35.”Menna said he’s keeping his fingers crossed that with a new administration in Trenton next year. “Hopefully, that attitude can change,” he said.This article was first published in the Nov. 16-23, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Caring for Animals in Monmouth County and Beyond

first_imgLicitrasaid that “very few towns” don’t have feral cats, though it can be less noticeablein bigger municipalities. Within the last three years, he has been able tobring 15 municipalities on board to share the costs and benefits of the TNRprogram with the MCSPCA. EATONTOWN – This year, the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA) on Wall Street will celebrate its 75th anniversary. ThatMonmouth County humane law enforcement agency had such great success that in2017 the state Legislature asked him to testify about why his model was succeedingat the MCSPCA, while other county SPCAs in the state were not. The answer? “Over theyears, the New Jersey State Legislature has spent thousands, tens of thousandsof hours writing animal cruelty law. And you left it statutorily responsible toa volunteer police department to enforce. How is that possible?” he recalledasking the state lawmakers. “You have professional career law enforcement doingthis job as opposed to the volunteers – who mean well – but 99 percent of themhave no law enforcement background,” he said. Licitra said it is important that the kittens and cats at the adoption center stay in a relaxed environment. Photo by Allison Perrine Rescuing Dogs from Korea and China Accordingto John Klein, they are “trying to change the world one dog at a time.” Housepets aren’t the only animals that require care. When in need, squirrels, deer,raccoons and more are brought to the shelter by animal control officers. Theanimals are then released back to the wild or to a wildlife rehabilitationcenter within 24 to 48 hours. Ross Licitra, director of the Monmouth County SPCA. Photo by Allison Perrine The spacewould be for wildlife rehabilitation and public use, like education programsfor children. You have to educate children when they’re young enough to understandthat wildlife is just as important as pets, Licitra said. Setting the Standard Thatbackground helped him mold the MCSPCA and its humane law enforcement agencyinto what it is today. He makes sure the MCSPCA’s agency works closely with theMonmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and that its humane law enforcement agencyis comprised of paid personnel, not volunteers, to guarantee calls areanswered. In other counties with volunteer agencies, some calls go unansweredwhen volunteers are unavailable. He made this possible with the help of SheriffShaun Golden, Arnone and the county prosecutor. With the help of No Dogs Left Behind, a global animal rescue organization, and local volunteers John and Robin Klein, the MCSPCA has taken two trips to China to rescue dogs from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The festival is held annually during the summer solstice and runs for about 10 days. According to No Dogs Left Behind, about 10,000 to 15,000 dogs are killed and consumed each festival, held in Yulin, Guangxi, China. Dogs are often stolen from their owners, packed onto trucks and sent to their death. Afterbeing rescued, the dogs are brought to the MCSPCA center in Eatontown. They aretaken care of, evaluated and eventually put up for adoption to a loving home. Theorganization exists to protect and advocate for domestic pets, wildlife anddomestic livestock within Monmouth County. Lately, its mission has expanded.With its partners in animal welfare, the MCSPCA wants to step in to save animalsfrom high-kill shelters throughout the southern United States and Puerto Ricoand from the meat trade in Korea and China, and lend a hand in rescue effortsduring natural disasters. Afterthat, the state Legislature disbanded the NJSPCA’s volunteer humane lawenforcement division and mandated that every county prosecutor’s office have anSPCA law enforcement division, like at the MCSPCA, Licitra said. With that,chief humane law enforcement officers – like Licitra – had to be appointed ineach county SPCA, and each municipal police department had to appoint a humanelaw enforcement officer. Additionally, all humane officers appointed had to goback to the police academy for training. The dogs were quarantined, all canine and feline adoptions were halted and veterinary services stopped. “The decision to close the shelter for adoptions and our Vogel Veterinary Care Center during one of the busiest times of the year for us was difficult, but done out of pure concern for not only the health and well-being of all our dogs, but of genuine concern for all dogs in the Monmouth County area and beyond,” said Licitra in a statement posted on the MCSPCA website Dec. 20. Beforeassuming his role as the executive director of the MCSPCA and the chief humaneofficer for the county, Licitra was a police officer. He worked locally forfive years and later joined the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in 1986where he handled narcotics, gang and homicide cases. He was an officer for 30years. TheMCSPCA operates on a 30 percent profit margin. The revenue it earns helps payfor medical services at the shelter, which runs about $800,000 annually. “Thebiggest challenge for us is always funding and space,” he said. The shelter’sclosure at the holidays is expected to have a negative effect on its balancesheet. Trap, Neuter and Release, or TNR, is a program designed to control the feral cat population or, as Licitra calls them, “community cats.” Animal control personnel visit municipalities that participate in the MCSCPA’s TNR program and bring stray cats to the shelter, neuter or spay them, give them shots and clip their ear tips – which does not hurt them, he said. Then they release the stray cats back where they came from. If they are kittens, the MCSPCA keeps them and adopts them out. If they are house cats that have been abandoned, they also adopt them out. “Theytorture the dogs as much as they can and then kill them. They say it makes themeat taste better when they’re tortured,” said Licitra. Theclosest wildlife rehabilitation center is in Mercer County, but Licitra saidhe’s working on bringing one to Monmouth County with the help of Freeholder TomArnone. “The county has so many great parks and in one of the parks we’d find abuilding and we’d pay to have it all renovated,” he said. “Long Branch has been our most successful,” said Licitra. He estimated they have helped over 500 cats in Long Branch alone. It’s importantto note, however, that the MCSPCA is not funded by the county. “We are anagency created by state law and authority, but we’re self-funded,” saidLicitra. Theshelter takes in animals from New Jersey and high-kill shelters in southernstates and Puerto Rico. But recently, it turned its efforts overseas to rescueanimals in China and Korea from being tortured and killed for human consumption. Community Cats Theshelter recently rescued nine dogs from China that would have otherwise beensent to the festival. They also rescued an additional nine at the beginning of2019. In 2018, the shelter partnered with the Humane Society for the UnitedStates (HSUS) and rescued dogs from Korea that were slated for humanconsumption. The Wildlife Room TheMCSPCA works closely with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Ithandles regulatory incidents involving fishing, hunting and more. When animalcruelty or inhumane activity is involved, the MCSPCA steps in. In 2020,the MCSPCA will officially be the “first ever” to receive state budgetaryfunding – $25,000 – for the TNR program, thanks to state Sen. Vin Gopal, saidLicitra. He also credited Arnone as being a big supporter of the MCSCPA’s TNRprogram. This article originally appeared in the Jan. 2-9, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. He went on to say the affected dogs were improving and he thanked the public for their “incredible amount of support.” The center reopened on Jan. 2, 2020. Theshelter ended 2019 on a sad note after it had to close for several weeks duringits busiest time of year to treat dogs with H3N2 influenza, or canine flu, anextremely contagious disease that likely arrived with a rescue transport,according to Ross Licitra, executive director of the MCSPCA. last_img read more