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Pride And Prosecution: Oregon's Destruction Of
A Family

Retired Police Sgt. Held in Jail For Constitutional Beliefs







By Paul Walter
June 2, 2001

GRANTS PASS, OR -- Did you know that if you decide to purchase an animal from  the Josephine County Animal Shelter you are not 'buying' the animal (even though you pay a fee), according to them you are 'adopting' it, and there is a BIG difference. If you decide to 'adopt' they require your signature on two legal documents. One is an Animal Placement Agreement Contract (APAC) from the Josephine County Environmental Health Department Animal Control Services that includes certain provisions. The other is a questionnaire from the Josephine County, Oregon Public Health Department Animal Adoption Application (AAA).

County Animal Shelter Officers have the right to inspect the animal's new home and are authorized to repossess the animal if it is found to be receiving inadequate care, the word 'inadequate' is not defined in their contract and could mean anything the animal control officer wishes it to mean.

Also absent in the APAC document is how may times they can inspect, and a specific time limit (one year, 20 years, etc.) When specifics are not defined, it gives the county government unlimited authorization to trespass on your private property any time they wish to use the inspection clause as an excuse -- even if you have a "No Trespassing" sign posted. In reality, the adopted animal never truly belongs to you, and you have given county government unlimited access to your private property.

The AAA has several questions that are totally unnecessary and  intrusive, i.e. Would you allow a home visit? How long have you lived at your current address? Where will the animal sleep? I understand that there are some people who abuse animals, but most do not. Government hides their intrusive agenda behind the few who do. What bothers me is; under the guise of Animal Protection Rights we are being asked to sign away our constitutional Fourth Amendment Right. They're not taking away our property rights, out of trust and ignorance we are voluntarily signing them away. With all their 'adoption' regulations, County Animal Control gives the illusion that it truly cares for animals, but their rules specify if a pet is not adopted within a short period of time the animal is killed. I can see how county government uses the 'we care' dogma to inadvertently secure our written permission to come on our private property, without a search warrant, whenever they choose. When homeowners wise up, there will be more un-adoptable pets.

I'm not including county employees who may be caring people, but it appears that their concern is misguided when they ask us to sign documents that include giving up our private property rights. Please keep in mind that anytime you sign any government document(s), whether it pertains to purchasing (adopting) a pet, applying for a business license(s), a marriage license, etc., the minute you sign their document(s), government becomes your 'partner' (as in public-private partnership). Whenever you do business with government they always make the rules, and you can bet ulterior motives are at play. Under the guise of protecting animals from abuse, they are abusing our constitutional Rights! This is how we lose them -- a little bit here and a little bit there. Now you might say; Walter, they're only doing their job protecting animals from abuse. But I see the same government who decries it cares for animals also sanctions abortion, allows homosexuals to adopt children, and allows AIDS carriers to prepare food in restaurants.

Remember you do have alternate choices. You can always purchase a pet through private sources or get one free through the local paper, or from a friend.

� 2001 Paul walter - All Rights Reserved

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Paul Walter was born in socialist Yugoslavia in 1945. He and his family emigrated to America in 1959. He served 3 years in the U.S. Armed Forces and became a U.S. citizen in 1963. Owner of Walter Publishing & Research, he republished a 100 year old book titled The Coming Battle, the true history of our national debt. The book is currently in its 5th printing. E-mail










"The AAA has several questions that are totally unnecessary and  intrusive, i.e. Would you allow a home visit? How long have you lived at your current address? Where will the animal sleep?"