“Dog-day DCC” —life’s a bitch

From the bulging file marked “Transparency”
Received from one of the What if? tribe, one HELL of a story!

Dog Rescue Dunedin (DRD) “has been told it must not speak about the Dunedin City Council without prior approval or it could lose access to condemned dogs at the pound”. Dan Hutchinson from The Star reports on the terms of a memorandum of understanding.

Muzzled | The Star 11.12.14 (page 3)
The Star 11.12.14 - Council vets Dog Rescue p3 [click to enlarge]

As sensitive as the situation is at ‘death row’, via the dog pound, DCC Comms is endeavouring to control and curb free speech. What an ugly precedent for those involved in animal welfare. The council has blemishes, perhaps DRD does too, there is every reason to air these publicly. We have to hope DRD has an astute pro bono solicitor available for the cause. May your season be jolly, Dogs – not expired.Holly and ribbon [4.bp.blogspot.com]
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr Dog paw print bw [clipartbest.com]


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14 responses to ““Dog-day DCC” —life’s a bitch

  1. Whippet

    Control freaks. I bet they wished that they had the same control over the stadium opponents.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Yes Whippet but why the need to control? What are they ashamed of, embarrassed about? They are wielding a very big stick on a small organisation, why the bully-boy attitude? Of course they win because Dunedin Dog Rescue “did not want to raise the issue publicly, for fear of the council withdrawing its support.” Openness with media “isn’t something that is core to our functioning, whereas getting the dogs in the first place is … Their power is too great and we have too much to lose.”
      What, from the DCC’s point of view, would be the advantage of destroying Dunedin Dog Rescue? They could then destroy more dogs and that would make them happy? Not if the dog control people I’ve ever met are anything to go by, they are true animal lovers themselves. So what’s this really about?

      • @Hype O’Thermia December 12 2014 you say
        They are wielding a very big stick on a small organisation, why the bully-boy attitude?

        Yes Hype O’Thermia wielding a big stick but blatant obfuscation and hypocrisy in McKerracher’s denial of it. Do these people think that we cannot understand the meaning of what they say or like Humpty Dumpty imagining that “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

        The DCC is getting more and more like Alice in Wonderland in every facet of its existence.

    • One wonders how to reconcile these statements as they appear in the ‘Star’.

      Council’s communications marketing manager Graham McKerracher said clauses 13 and 14 were added to the memorandum for the purposes of ‘constructive dialogue’.

      And then went on to say ‘we are not preventing them from talking to the media’.
      According to the ‘Star’ however this memorandum of understanding says this:

      Responsibility 13 says: ‘DRD (are) not permitted to make statements to the media or any (other) person about the council without prior consent of the council.’

      And Responsibility 14 says: ‘The council may terminate this agreement immediately and without prior written notice to DRD if anyone associated with and authorised by DRD makes untrue, misleading or incomplete representation of the council to the media or any other person.’

      I would like to know what sort of person is this media manager who can make a statement like that. There were people in a certain Reich who would be proud of imposing conditions such as those. But here I thought we are only talking about dog rescue. But this seems to be representative of the whole culture of the current Dunedin City Council. It is a real worry.

  2. Elizabeth

    A bothersome day at smartphone, extremely bad 3G coverage. Thus poor delivery of post – aargh! between edits. Photo replaced at 3:30 p.m.

  3. John Evans

    Elizabeth, given that Ian Rennie has just made a goose of himself (at least twice) and yet he is paid over $600k, would seem a relevant topic for Whatif!


    John Evans

    On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM, What if? Dunedin… wrote: > > Elizabeth posted: “From the bulging file marked “Transparency” > Received from one of the What if? tribe, one HELL of a story! Watch for it > here tomorrow (have to grab the raw data) . . . . . . . . . Soon. Posted by > Elizabeth Kerr ”

    {“The apology from State Services boss Iain Rennie to the complainant at the centre of the Roger Sutton affair and public servants in general has been welcomed by his minister, Paula Bennett – but she has indicated another slip-up will cost him his job.” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11372269 -Eds}

  4. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 15 Dec 2015
    No ‘bitch’ in new policy
    By Vaughan Elder
    The word bitch is out of season at the Dunedin City Council.
    All mentions of the word were removed by council staff from the proposed draft dog control policy and bylaw, which councillors voted on yesterday.
    The section entitled “Bitches in Season” was changed to “Female dogs in Season” and later mentions of the word in the section – about keeping female dogs confined when they are on heat – were also removed.
    Read more

    • Hype O'Thermia

      What a bitch of a day, there I was walking down the road when this bitch came out of nowhere and started threatening me, snarling and showing her yellow teeth. Fortunately the female dog she had on a lead pulled her away towards a pavement pizza….

    • Not ‘bitches in season’ but ‘ladies on holiday’ perhaps!

      • Elizabeth

        Very good :)

        More bitch behaviour on holiday at Las Vegas, ladies!

        EllieGouldingVEVO Published on Sep 21, 2015
        Ellie Goulding – On My Mind
        From the new album DELIRIUM.

  5. Simon

    The grapevine tells me that the PC DCC are considering the next animal that will be called a female, and that is the sheep that is now called a ewe. This will now eliminate the possibility of someone being called “ewe bitch”
    The DCC are believed to be going to Ram this one through at the next animal control policy and bylaw meeting.

  6. Calvin Oaten

    Simon, all sounds like a lot of bull to me. But it probably appeals to a goat like Dave Cull.

  7. Gurglars

    One can see why the DCC don’t want to microchip catty bitches.

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