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Euthanization at Animal Shelters, Health Care Lawsuit & Garn DUI

By Josh Loftin
Posted // March 24,2010 -
SMILEY.jpgGassing the Chamber
Animal-rights activists have long bemoaned shelters killing animals by carbon-monoxide poisoning as inhumane and have tried to convince shelters to use more humane options, especially lethal injection. In Wasatch County, however, Friends of Animals Utah is addressing its concerns with financial incentives that may convince shelter managers to abandon carbon-monoxide poisoning. The group raised enough money to send a veterinarian to the animal shelter to euthanize animals by sedative injection, says executive director Cathy King, and also provide volunteers to help the shelter get healthy animals adopted. “We are trying to show them they don’t need a gas chamber, just good programs like spay and neuter,” King says in an e-mail. Now, that’s a blueprint for success as a local activist.


SAD.jpgFrivolous Lawsuit
Health care in this country sucks, and the federal legislation passed March 21 will only improve it slightly. What won’t improve health care is for the states to sue the federal government to undo what has been passed, but that’s exactly what happened March 23 when 13 states, including Utah, filed a lawsuit in Florida. But this isn’t a legal dispute—it’s political grandstanding wrapped in the increasingly worn shroud of states’ rights that will only have one practical impact: Utah taxpayers will end up paying for yet another pointless court battle.

SMILEY.jpgFool Us Twice
The hits keep coming from former House Majority Leader Kevin Garn, who resigned from the Legislature after admitting to hot-tubbing naked with a 15-year-old girl in 1985 and later paying her $150,000. On March 22, it was revealed that in 2006 he was arrested outside of the Red Lion Hotel in Salt Lake City after passing out, apparently drunk, in his car. He did not take a test for blood alcohol, but did conduct a field sobriety test. He later pleaded guilty to alcohol-related reckless driving, less than two months after being elected to a second stint in the Utah Legislature. Had Garn admitted this crime on the House floor, he would not have received a standing ovation. Massaging a naked underage girl, however, would still get a pass.

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Posted // March 24,2010 at 17:13

Jesus! Whatever you do, DO NOT DRINK if you're a Mormon. It's worse than buggering little girls or boys, stealing from your employer or having an affair.

Killpack had to resign immediately because he was caught drinking and driving. But Garn gets an ovation, hugs and back pats and best wishes that he "remain with us." WTF?!?

Now, it turns out Bishop Garn was hittin' the sauce. And Mrs. Garn told him not to drive that night if he had been drinking.

Dutiful wifey, isn't she?"Oh, and Kevin, if you've been drinking tonight, please don't drive."

What happened to, "Kevin, oh my Lord, what will we do if everyone finds out you're a religious hypocrite and morally challenged at every turn? Our children will be chastised at school and church, we'll get whispered about in Relief Society meetings all over the state, you'll probably get disciplined in Bishop's Court...Kevin, you have broken my heart and stomped on this family. Our place in the Celestial Kingdom is now in jeopardy!!!!!"

Okay, maybe she said all that, but the Trib reported today that she only told him not to drive if he had been drinking, like it was a regular thing.

Then again, maybe she just took her daily chill-pill and got in her new Lexus SUV and drove glassy-eyed to do some shopping.