Spirit of cooperation
By Eugene Martin Sr.
May 02, 2006
My name is Eugene Martin Sr. I currently am the Director of Animal
Protection in Ketchikan. I recently read the letter posted by
Mr. Eric Muench and I would like to clarify. I don't know Mr.
Blackwell very well, I can't say what he did or didn't do.
I recall placing three horses into protective custody, aided
by Mr. John Allen. Mr. Allen suffered a stroke and asked Mr.
Blackwell to assist him in their care. After the horses were
placed into protective custody, and Mr. Allen was hospitalized,
complaints were made as to the condition they were being kept
The complaints consisted of the horses standing in mud, and having
inadequate shelter. Since the Department of Animal Protection
was not set up for the boarding of large animals, we did what
we could, as best we could, making improvements along the way.
What I remember most about that situation was Animal Protection
Department Field Officer Terry Richardson's involvement. As I
recall it was Mr. Richardson who put the diet plan together for
those animals, and it Mr. Richardson and myself who spent nights
and weekends caring for those animals.
Initially, it was the Department of Animal Protection who contacted
the Second Chance Horse Rescue organization to find a home for
those animals. I remember that Mr. Muench asked me where we were
going to send the horses, and I gave him the rescue organization's
name and contact number.
If I sound upset in the telling of this, it's because I am. Had
it not been for certain individuals, the Department of Animal
Protection would have had those horses in Washington months before
we actually did.
As I recall the Second Chance Horse Rescue organization was going
to fly to Ketchikan and take custody of those horses, but because
of controversy caused by certain individuals, Second Chance refused
to come to Ketchikan. On the day I was notified by Second Chance
that they would not be coming, Officer Terry Richardson and myself
immediately boarded a ferry and took the horses to Sedro Wolley,
Washington personally, therefore insuring that the horses were
properly cared for.
Mr. Blackwell does deserve credit for his contribution, but if
Mr. Muench is going to tell the story, he should tell it correctly.
We did our jobs.
We appreciate all the help and support received from the community
during this trying time.
As I retire from the Animal Protection Department, I have to
say that I am proud of the job I did. I am proud of the people
I worked along side of, and I am especially proud of the strides
and gains this office has made.
People like Bonney Anderson, Terry Richardson, Catherine Sis,
and Rusty Williams, those great volunteers, Jamie May, Samantha
Turley, Ashley Cota Kimberly Flora and Jessica Bernard have made
it a joy.
What I hope for this Department is that the spirit of cooperation
finds its way to it in the future. That the public work with
the Department, and God forbid another animal crisis of this
type occurs. But if it does, we can work together as a department
and as a community for a better, more expedient out come.
Eugene Martin Sr.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Director of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Department of
Animal Protection, in defense of the Department of Animal Protection
true hero, Bill Blackwell By Eric Muench - Ketchikan, AK
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