I just received an email regarding the hiring of Dr. Ridgway
as director of Orange County Animal Services
(as mentioned in the last BARC email).
Hello,I want to update everyone on the situation involvingDr. Robert Ridgway, the Covance lab vet who applied
administration that Dr. Ridgway
is withdrawing his
...3. Urgent Action: Speak Out Against the Hiring of Dr. Ridgway for Orlando's Homeless Animals!
Among other responsibilities, Animal Services operates a shelter that impounded 20,000 dogs and cats in 2005.Unfortunately, over 11,000 of these animals were euthanized.We can do better.Animal Services needs strong leadership to improve adoptions and to promote spay & neuter.Among dozens of applications for the Manager position, the county is choosing to hire Robert Ridgway, DVM.Since March 2006, Dr. Ridgway has been employed by the county as a shelter veterinarian.
But prior to arriving in Florida, Dr. Ridgway
had a sordid past…For 10 years, Dr. Ridgway was Director of Laboratory Animal Medicine at Covance, one of the world's largest animal testing companies.Covance
is hired by pharmaceutical and chemical companies to test products on animals.Every day in Covance
labs, thousands of animals suffer and die in painful tests. (Visit www.CovanceCruelty.com to learn more about this company with a long record of animal cruelty and abuse.)
application for the Manager position, Dr. Ridgway
boasted that at Covance
one of his
responsibilities was, "procurement of over 29,000 animals annually and coordination of animal use."Currently, pound seizure (selling shelter animals to laboratories for experimentation such as Dr. Ridgway
has done) is not illegal in Florida, and we fear he
will try to bring the same thing to Orlando.
Please contact the Orange County Commission
and urge them to reconsider selecting Dr. Robert Ridgway
as Orange County's
new Manager of Animal Services.They need to hear from us before February 20th!
We need to flood their email and phones with our voices!!Here are some talking points: please state you are concerned and disappointed in the selection of Dr. Robert Ridgway
as Orange County's
new Director of Animal Services.His
past employment proves he
does not have the experience necessary to run a progressive, humane shelter.In addition, he
is 68 years old and we want someone who will be here for the long haul with a better vision for Orange County's animals.