The plight of Daisy the Jack Russell terrier at the hands of the District Attorney Dick Gammick should come as no surprise. The history of the DA concerning domestic animals is less than stellar as demonstrated by his inaction in 2002 with respect to WC3, animal services consolidation. It was a well-known fact that the Reno animal pound was operating in violation of Nevada Revised Statute. WC3 contained the following text: “The construction … will allow the County to address numerous problems with the existing shelter, including: (1) crowded and unsanitary conditions which have led to persistent animal illness, cross contamination and rapid spread of disease among animals; (2) … maggots; (3) lack of air conditioning …” and two other cited violations of NRS and code.
The preceding quote from the ballot question admitted the facilities were substandard and resulted in numerous animals being put down. Had the shelter been run by a private party, the DA would have done his duty and prosecuted the operator. The DA showed a lack of empathy for impounded animals by not prosecuting the city of Reno for admitted violations of NRS 574.