Dafna Hadad, Broward Animal Care Officer, Fired Because She Couldn't Kill Healthy Animals

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Dafna Hadad couldn't kill healthy animals.
A Broward County Animal Care officer was fired earlier this month because she says her anxiety and depression made it difficult to kill healthy animals.

And that, her attorney charges, was something the county couldn't abide.

In April, 30-year-old Hadad, was moved out of a field position with the adoption center that allowed her to roam the streets looking for animal cruelty, and into an area called "the kennels."

There, attorney Martavis Clarke says, part of her new responsibility was to euthanize animals -- even the healthy ones.

"Due to her depression & anxiety, Dafna cannot kill," says her gofundme campaign, which is seeking $5,000 for "the fight against Broward County Animal Care."

But according to an internal memo obtained by New Times, that was a problem for the county animal center. According to the document, Hadad had asked the state whether she would fall under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Hadad "has a covered disability, but [was] no longer qualified to perform the essential functions of [her] job, and was not a qualified individual with a disability," the document said.

And to Broward Animal Care, that meant one thing: She had to go.

In Hadad's discharge letter, the bosses told her she had 45 days to "seek reassignment" within the county apparatus. When she didn't, they booted her out.

"The easy solution was to put her back in the field where she belongs, where only the euthanasia of suffering animals is necessary," says her gofundme campaign, which has collected $340 for Hadad.

Clarke says Hadad plans to file a lawsuit against the county but hasn't yet.

Spokespeople with Broward Animal Care did not immediately return requests for comment.

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boomba1234
boomba1234

Message me and we shall find out

boomba1234
boomba1234

Matarvis Clarke didn't even pass his bar exam! How can you idiots donate money for a "lawyer" who can't even represent her?. Dafna is stealing your money! What a joke this whole situation. Please just disappear permanently.

boomba1234
boomba1234

I love how every time someone makes a comment It is a rant and personal vendetta against Dafna Knowles. She is a waste of life and so is her husband Matthew Knowles. He is a terrible employee who found misery with his crazy poor excuse of a wife. They should have been spayed and neutered to avoid overpopulation of stupid. Was not wrongful termination, put all her lies on the table and see who will support her. She will never get her job back or stop BCAC from doing this again because everyone else does their job or doesn't. There are no accommodations for euthanasia. Sad truth of shelter life. All you big mouth Dafna supporters *or her and Matt typing tough behind a computer*, stand up and make a $4, 000 donation for her idiot lawyer instead of trying to figure all of these comments out. She made a false news blog, now she can deal with the criticism. Shut up if you don't have any facts other than "the truth will come out".

Fight2ProtectPets
Fight2ProtectPets

I worked at the same shelter far longer than I care to remember and it hurts still. I remember all my favorites and their entire story. I remember if they went to rescue, who adopted them or the day they died. I still have nightmares about the horrid conditions I saw animals in. The faces of those who did for no reason still haunt my memory. For those folks on here crying about the staff being murderers or no kill nation, how many pets do you own? How many more are you going to adopt to stop the killing? How many hours a week do you volunteer helping promote the animals for adoption? What else are you doing to make a difference?

Dafna is NOT the angel some of you are making her out to be. She's a lazy spoiled brat with a sense of entitlement that goes beyond the most narcisistic people you could imagine. This woman is a joke. Her "cause" is a joke. Her whole life is a joke. Thanks to my job at BCAC, I have been in therapy for years and on antidepressants and antianxiety medication. Hmmmm maybe I can sue them too. Oh wait, I'm smart enough to know that if I sue the county shelter and happen to win with such an outrageous claim that it ony further HURTS the animals by taking away much needed funding. Dafna is a selfish, idiotic, lying, lazy hoarder who doesn't deserve to own a goldfish... But alas, she has reproduced and will likely turn that poor little girl into a raging lunatic as well.... Very sad.

Fight2ProtectPets
Fight2ProtectPets

Only recently, the job title was combined with Animal Care Specialist I so that employees can be moved around more freely when the need arises. Yes, when you work in the kennels at the actual facility, euthanasia is more frequent. However, Ms. Hadad or Knowles or whatever she wants to call herself never performed euthanasia in the field either! She made her husband do it. She didn't wanna go to court to protect the animals she found in cruel conditions either, so she made her husband write the tickets and go to court in her place.... Hmmmm so that means the officer in court didn't actually witness the alleged cruelty but he's telling the judge he did?!?! Ummmm I believe that's called purgery and it's illegal!

No one likes euthanasia.... No one. It's an unfortunate, necessary reality. Imagine this, if no shelter ever euthanized an animal, you'd have a few things happening:

For one thing, you'd have animals crammed into cages, fighting, killing each other and starving to death. When those cages got packed to capacity and the agency stops picking them up now you have a public health and safety issue with thousands of animals roaming the streets hunting for food in your backyard, attacking your pets and kids, spreading disease. Eventually the county would be so overrun with strays that you couldn't even drive down the street without running over hundreds of dogs and cats with your car.

Fight2ProtectPets
Fight2ProtectPets

Here's a portion of the job description of Animal Care Specialist II taken directly from the county website. This was Dafna's job title upon hire:

TASKS: • Prepares a variety of records/reports in order to document work activities, track citations, and/or document/track public interaction.

 • Euthanizes animals in order to control population, minimize suffering, and/or free up space for other animals.

 • Performs related work as required.

Notice the second to last bullet point - it doesn't say ONLY if they are sick or injured!!!!!

See the last bullet point? That means they can make you work in the kennels anytime they want to because it's related work!!!!!

Fight2ProtectPets
Fight2ProtectPets

I am so annoyed with this whole situation I don't even know where to start. Dafna is an idiot. "Top officer" OMG, what a joke. She never did her own work, her husband did it all for her. She's a hoarder. She doesn't even know if she wants to be gay or not! When she first started at BCAC, she was a proud lesbian. Then she married a coworker, had a baby and turned into a lunatic!

tsites87
tsites87

Ok I worked there for years and she was never a top officer!! That's a lie there have been people there for years almost there entire adult life that deserve way more credit than what this lier is claiming. She didn't seem to have a problem when she started a year after or after 2 years. The men and woman who work there are not Murders they are simply giving a loving hand to a living creature who has no way of speaking to us. Has anyone who is all for Dafna on here looked at the number of animals that are coming into shelters everyday or every week or every year! What are you doing to HELP the situation? Why not donate your time and money to the spay and neuter programs. Why not go get educated yourselves and go educate others on how important it is to fix your animals. Urge people to adopt from a shelter and not a pet store or on Craigslist. I have been doing this for a long time. I volunteered there when I was 14 and I promised myself I would apply for a job there when I was of legal age and I did. Even though I no longer work there now I will always support those men and woman who dedicate there time and hearts to those animals in need. Working there is not an easy task by any means. Your told not to take your work home with you well you know I lost years of sleep worrying about those animals and I know all those men and woman do too. Dafna has a lot of nice little secrets that she hides and needs to be truthful. Like everyone else is saying she had people do things for her. You don't know what those employees see in there day in and day out. So don't go around and call these employees Murders because they are trying to help the situation and do the right thing. BCAC I'm in support of you! Thank you for caring about those animals and sitting with them feeding them loving them and caring for them!!

boomba1234
boomba1234

She is NOT AND NEVER WAS A TOP OFFICER. WHO MAKES THIS SHIT UP? You would think before publishing an article, the reporter would verify the story and facts, not just do it for their friend. I am sick of seeing she was a top officer that deserves her job back. Speak to supervisors regarding her work ethic and performance, doubt you will classify that as success. Dafna Knowles is a liar! Please go away, there is no fight if you deserved it. Accommodations were made to try and teach her how to humanely euthanize ill animals and even then she specified how and when she will try. It wasn't a compromise, it was a directive based on job description. Moron trying to make money and have broward pay her so she can sit home with her boarding facility. Get a life as all you have ever done is make false claims that go nowhere. What goes around comes around, and not a hater, a lover because I couldn't be happier about her situation. Nothing to hate about this. Everyone gets to see her lies!

lodwnshame
lodwnshame

Okay, it's me the "ignorant simple minded county worker" Thanks for the shout-out Commonsense8, sorry my texting was a little sloppy from my new smart phone, but I was in a hurry and had a lot to share with you! Now that I have my spell check and grammar check on I will hopefully sound as smart as you obviously are. Who knew so many other ignorant simple minded county workers felt the same way about Dafna's antics and would take the time to speak out. Like it or not, good for them. 

Sounds like Dafna's claims really hit a nerve and those of us who saw, heard and experienced the myth of Dafna recognized this to be just another one of her ploys to have people believe she's the victim. Everyone knows and understands what gets printed is usually only half the truth and once it's out there, too bad. In this case, those of us working in the same job as she claims to be, with the majority for many years longer are saying this is wrong, she is misleading the public and we are paying the price for her to sit on a pretend pedestal. The fall down is always harder than the climb up. 

Since Dafna has aired her laundry in the press and people have opened the public records to read for themselves, most of the "insider" info has now become fact instead of opinion. Let's review and decide T or F. 

Headline - "Dafna Hadad, Broward Animal Care Officer, Fired Because She Couldn't Kill Healthy Animals" That would be FALSE. According to the labor agreement her position (and mine) is covered by, she was separated because she would no longer perform an essential job function. She says she could euthanize terminal animals but when that accommodation was also made she again refused. Rather than remaining employed with the county she rejected a position that was available because she didn't like it.

Dafna was hired for the field and they changed her and everyone's job description. That would be FALSE. Job titles were changed and the job descriptions for the positions that were lower than hers were changed. It was the KENNEL staff who had to change. They (I was one of them) became required to become certified animal control officers - just like the field staff. Kennel staff had to take classes to learn everything the field staff was trained to do. Whenever a field vacancy was open it was usually filled by promoting someone from kennels. After the job titles were made the same and people were treated as EQUALS then staff began a cross training schedule to get the experience of working in both areas. I did my cross training and switched with a field officer for a few months. Several of us did the same thing. When it was Dafna's turn she didn't want to do it and this happened. She wasn't moved to the kennels she was only assigned to do her cross training. 90 days, 3 months like all of us. 

The previous job title for field also included the requirement to work in the kennels. Union rules say you can work down in the job series but not higher without getting paid for working in a higher classification. That means Dafna could have been assigned to the kennels one week, one month or one year after being hired. She and the other field staff were interchangeable. It was the kennel staff that could not do the field work and that was changed to make us EQUALS. 

So commonsense8 that changes your analogy about the deaf worker assigned to answer phones. I used to be a deaf worker but when I was allowed to answer the phones and earn more money I went to school and learned how to use the TTY machines and did the job as well as the hearing-abled phone staff. I was impaired not a cripple. Now I'm an EQUAL. Maybe that's what Dafna resented more than having to put down sick animals, she actually had to climb down from her truck and put on rubber boots to clean the dog crap along with the rest of her coworkers in the kennels.

Dafna claimed her condition was ADA qualified and that AC ignored it. That would be FALSE. The story says and the documents say her request went through the legal review process and the STATE said it did not qualify. Since I worked with her I know she was given many options of different work areas and duties while in the kennels and she said she couldn't do any of the work. We had to do the work she left behind so it was clear what she could have done wasn't against her issues of killing healthy animals. She was never asked to or expected to kill healthy animals. I haven't been asked to either.

Dafna was booted out. FALSE. She remained at AC after the 45 days to allow her to go test for jobs. She had not even tried to test or be placed for any open jobs during her 45 day extension. She had no intention of staying employed unless she was immediately put in the field and left alone. Dafna loves animals, she would stop at nothing to help save an abused animals's life. I wish she would have respected her job as a government employee as much as she does the animals so she could continue helping us help animals. 

I'm not super human. I get depressed seeing so many animals being dumped at the shelter, nice animals that should be in nice homes. I don't think there are any AC employees that don't have animals at home that would have died if they didn't foster them or adopt them themselves. We have kennel, field and clinic staff who may have put down an animal and then go home to bottle feed a litter of orphaned kittens they are fostering until they get well enough and big enough to adopt. I'm not the monster, the murderer, the killer, the animal hater you call me. I have cared for and saved more animals that you will ever see in a lifetime. I have saved your lost dog until you finally came and got it, I have tended to the bait dog that was mauled in the fight training cages, I have cleaned,  fed, petted, assured so many mouths while i've sweated through 90 heat, the endless barking, crying, I have pulled off huge ticks and sprayed my own clothes to get the fleas off, I've cut off collars allowed to grow into hide, punctured wounds to drain the infections, and I've had to hold a starved dog to far gone to survive while she fell asleep for the last time and then go feed her puppies who were looking everywhere for her and could smell her on my shirt. I've change my shirt to leave it with them for comfort. I've cried when we lose one, I've laughed when an owner scolds their returned pet, I've smiled when I look up and see that I finally finished cleaning my assigned kennels for the morning and know it's just the beginning of another day.

This is what I do, it is my job. I make around $28,000 a year before taxes, and I love animals. Don't you dare call me a simple minded county worker or a killer. 



imagooddogtoo
imagooddogtoo

Dafna you probably never imagined posting your story would blast open pandora's box and pour out so many haters! What went wrong??? You pushed all the right buttons to draw attention to the situation and linked all the right buzz words that usually start the frenzy like no kill, refused to euthanize healthy animals. Even putting the right spin for the money factor so you could raise funds to sue. These should have worked and started the masses of people that know how great you are protesting and demanding you be rehired and put back into the field to roam the streets looking for animal cruelty cases. I'm shocked and dismayed that the spotlight you shined on the truth brought out your co-workers to speak against you and your story. That's so sad, since you must have been very close with them. I hope you somehow find peace and not let it stop you from saving animals.  

trailblazertvl
trailblazertvl

You decided to take a job that involved killing healthy animals, as butchers decide to become butchers and prison guards become prison guards. Ok, and doctors, doctors. Officer Knowles took a job, which she considered her career, and the job description did not require killing healthy animals. Only when she was taken off the street , away from the work she signed up for, given a different job, did she raise an objection. You decided what work you were capable of doing. Not a job I would have taken, not a job Dafna is going to do.

trailblazertvl
trailblazertvl

Good to know that there are vicious and vindictive Broward Animal Care professionals who pride themselves on their ability to kill healthy animals. What are your names, please. The rescue community needs to know. Your personal attacks on Dafna speak volumes about your motives and it would be hard to imagine that even BAC is pleased with what you wrote. 

usecommonsense8
usecommonsense8

I think some people on here need to know the facts before ranting on. Especially regarding ADA. Also seems that someone on here has a personal obsession with Dafna.

del_Jake
del_Jake

ADA says an employer needs to accommodate a disability, and clearly Broward County did that when they gave her 45 days to seek reassignment with the county.  According to this article she chose not to seek reassignment so she was discharged.  ADA doesn't say an employee must be accommodated by getting to choose which job she wants.  ADA is merely a tool to ensure someone with a disability is not thrown out on the street without any options available to them.   Many people don't have their dream jobs for varying reasons, but she had 3 choices - seek reassignment, look for a job as an ACO elsewhere, or don't seek reassignment and end up without a job by her own choice.

usecommonsense8
usecommonsense8

And now a comment from the other side....

Did you know???

The field positions and the kennel positions used to be separate. When Dafna was hired, it was for a FIELD position. That required her to euthanize sick and suffering animals. And she managed to do that just fine for 5 years. Then, after five years, they changed her job description. Yes, they changed everyone's job description. But does everyone have a disability that they can document for many years prior to the change? I doubt it.

Let's simplify it for the simple minded county workers out there (that means you "lodwnshame". You're spelling and grammar show your ignorance). This would be like a deaf person having a job as a computer programmer. Then one day, they come to him a let him know they've changed his job description and now he must answer the phone and talk to customers as well. Sorry deaf guy you have to answer the phone just like everyone else because it wouldn't be fair if we acknowledged your disability and treated you different. You can't hear? You can't answer the phone? Sorry....

No one seems to be arguing the fact that she was a good field officer. She did a lot of good for Broward County, the citizens, and the animals.  So the big question everyone should ask would be...

Why not put that officer back in the field where they belong? Where they were hired to work five years ago. She chose this career to help the animals and fight cruelty. I believe, like a lot of us, she fights for these poor animals always, whether she is at work or not. This wasn't a job for her. This was a calling. For a shelter that claims to be striving to become "no kill", someone like her is an asset. Unless, of course, the no kill resolution is the lie....

easterli
easterli

If you can't/won't do the job, you don't get to keep it.  Simple as that.  That's like a vegan suing to keep his job at McDonalds because he objects to serving hamburgers.  She should have been fired.  Ridiculous. 

badger8855
badger8855

And in time, all of the facts will come out. Anyone that knows Dafna, knows the
truth, and knows that posts like that one are nonsense.

Example:

This person says she's gotten in all types of trouble? I asked her about this. I suggest anyone
else who questions this to pull her public record and see for yourself. Every
time she has been disciplined, it was for saving an animal's life!!!!There was
one instance where Dafna saved a dog's life and then Susan Pierce (the animal
care director!!) went behind her back to all of Broward County's rescue contacts
and bad mouthed her, called her a rogue employee. Naturally, Dafna found out
because we told her what her director was saying about her...The truth will come
out...

lodwnshame
lodwnshame

I work at AC and can say myself and some of the others that work in the kennels are sick andtired of hearing about Dafna. She was hired like us knowing from day 1 what the job was and guess she wants special treatment. Dafna wants everybody else to do the dirty work and she can pick and chose want she wants to do. Field officers have to put down animals to but not Dafna she lied and got Mat or some other sucker to do her job. If you try to stand up to her she and Mat attack you and do all kindof crazy shit to get you fired. all we here aboutare the public reord requets she gets. ask the ones wcho had their files pulled and drug into their grevances filed. since I have been here she and Mat have got into so much trouble for breaking rules even leing and getting her rescue friends to make complaints. here we go again. this makesher out to be a hero??? give me a break she is using the media to get people to believe her sad story. she was never moved from feild to work in the kennels we ALL have been doing cross traning. supervisers and animal care speclist get changed to learn both sides of the busness. She has tried to get more people fired for the same thing she gets caught doing first. This says the county gave her 45 days to find another position but she didn't . Why not? If doing the work that you were hired to do makes you have axniety attacks maybe changing jobs is a good thing. People leave this kind of job all the time because of stress and emotoinalreasons. Not many places would pay you to not do your job while you find anohter one for 45 days!!! So Dafna then sues the county and is trying to get donations to pay the lawyer. Maybe if you just move on we can to. You changed it was not the job that changed. We are sick of hearing you say Animal Care is supposed to be going no kill but fired you for refusing to kill healthy animals. THAT'S A BIG LIE and you should stop fooling people in to beliving you are some saint. I haven't been here long enough to know Mat before you got married but I hear allthe timme he was never a wack job until he got involed with you. He lost friends because hewas always sticking up for the stupid shit you started. Sorry Mat you seem likec a cool guy and asre very helpfil when you work kennels but dude she is better off doing just her rescue side work. Those people love her because she would break the rulesto do what she wants. To them that's a hero. To me it's a big slap in my face. Because I do my job I get called a murderer. What about all the animals we save? Dafna if you care about the animals so much why are you trying so hard to destroy Animal Care? You made the choice to leave by not trying to work . You said yourself you were not fired because you refused to killanimals but because emotionaly you couldnt do it anymore. You sad you couldnt kill healthy animals only sick or injuerd ones. LIE! You would not even humanely put down the ones dying including the starving orphen newbrns. Leave them to suffer or get Mat to do your job. You couldnt even assist. Do you know how shitty that makes us feel to come in and see a dead kitten because you woulnt euthenize the poor thing. Why is letting them suffer okay with you? I can go on but whats the use? Stop fooling people with your bs you used your positon to run your own rescue. Maybe thats what you should just do full time? If you wanted to be a rescue group from your home and run a secret rescue using Animal Care animals, supplies ,contacts ,trucks, time and money you should get a contract and be one. Whatever just leave us alone and stop making up the lies.

kimmiemcc
kimmiemcc

Wow. The tone and wording of your response make it very clear you are on a personal vendetta against Dafna. I'm sure readers have the intelligence to see through your hatred to the heart of the matter here. This is about wrongful termination, not about your unqualified diagnosis of somebody else's medical condition. In fact, I am quite disturbed that as an animal care worker responsible for the compassionate care if neglected and abandoned animals you harbor such a mean streak. Perhaps you should be in charge of euthanasia, or perhaps you already have been and that explains your callousness. I would like to suggest that, in the nature of being transparent like any good non-profit employee or volunteer, you disclose your affiliation with BCAC and admit your personal motives behind your rant against Dafna.

boomba1234
boomba1234

Dafnas supporters are dumb and don't know how to read. If they did, they wouldn't respond back the way they do. It is ok though, she will get her way. Wait, that is what she was used to in life until now when she lost a government job where her husband is abandoned and alone now, poor thing. Amazing what information a volunteer can find out.

boomba123
boomba123

Are you a neutral party Pete Pepper?

boomba1234
boomba1234

Well said, well written, hopefully people can grasp this and stop supporting so her name is nothing but a lost memory. Then again, rescue freaks like her don't listen and will fight a losing battle since they have nothing to do with their time....because there is a home for every animal in their crazy hoarding world and none should ever be killed! Go no kill nation go, save them all!

boomba123
boomba123

She will never be rehired, donating money to her is throwing it in the garbage. Looks like her fund came to a halt, give it up Dafna and give back people's money. Do what you do best and not work. Road you always had an excuse, left early, came late, couldn't run calls on your own, couldn't go to court. Kennels you couldn't clean. Firing was justified, correct and done properly. No fault of the county. You tried to exploit the story to get funds and it isnt working. In a world where people are thankful for a job, especially one you had, they wont help what you let happen. You stole county money, supplies and animals, move on. You belong right where you are, you had no life calling. Anyone who knew you saw right through your fake life and rescue affiliation. Maybe they can hire you. Best of luck!

boomba123
boomba123

So why does she want her job back if she isnt going to do it?

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

@trailblazertvl So just where do you suggest you house all the animals?  At this point, there are so many that it would require every person in the world to adopt literally hundreds of animals.  If there were responsible pet owners, that job would never have to be done, but euthanasia is unfortunately the only way to deal with the problem.  These so called "no kill shelters" are a far worse option thanks to the disease that spreads like wildfire in those warehouses.  

No one enjoys doing this job, its not fun.  When I did it, I had nightmares.  I know of at least one of my coworkers committed suicide because of it.  There is no one who is vicious who does it.  Kindly remove your head from ass.

boomba1234
boomba1234

Well said. Dafna Knowles (not Hadad) wanted special treatment from day one. She is incapable of euthanizing even severely injured or ill animals. She should have taken advantage of her 45 days and found a new job. She has always made excuses for her actions, never took responsibility. She came up with this disability in hopes she would be exempt from a daily job function that is in the job description field or kennel. She had falsified documents claiming her pit bulls were therapy dogs while she was in Miami-dade county since they are illegal there. She is a rule breaker at all costs to get her way and a liar who was blessed to have the job as long as she did. She needs to move on with her life and maybe her husband who still works at animal care can make up for lost wages. She is trying to earn a paycheck on other people's money for this lawyer to lose her case. Apparently her husband complies with euthanasia requirements and kills as a part of his duty, is that why her name is being posted as Hadad so he doesn't look like a hypocrite who doesn't support his wife's cause? Manipulative and crazy, she needs to move on and do rescue on her own time. She has given animals away off the truck, not euthanized injured animals or newborn kittens without a mother(who starved overnight), broken many other policies that were in her job description upon hire THREE years ago, not five... She is a joke and got what she deserved.

boomba1234
boomba1234

Dafna Knowles position was NOT solely for the euthanizing of sick or injured animals...get your facts right. Due to space, overcrowding and other necessary reasons ...it is on the county website unless you are incapable of reading. She has not been there even close to five years, another pathetic attempt to back her up and she has not done her job just fine over three years... She had her husband or other officers always assisting her, as Dafna really couldn't even perform any of the daily job functions. She was not a good field officer nor was she top officer as her pathetic go fund me website states. Her evaluations were below average, she never followed rules or chain of command, she used county time, property and equipment for her own benefit while making countless complaints about any employee that walked past her. Her whole life she has played the innocent victim and it worked until now. She needs to grow the hell up and realize her calling was to get out of this job.

Your comparison to a deaf person answering phones is so funny that it doesn't need arguing... Try to sound intelligent if you are going to try and defend this idiot, don't make her look worse than she already does! And she doesn't look anything like this news article photo btw, she still living a lie.

Who are you to say where she belonged? Stop worrying so much about her shortcomings and live your own life. Do something better than try to defend one of broward county's worst employees.

Who cares about going no kill..if idiots like you and her believe that false dream, so be it, but tell society to spay neuter and stop dropping them off by the dozens. Unless you can house 300 animals, well under the weekly intake, then shut up, you are never going to save them all. Healthy or not, no homes are no homes.

boomba1234
boomba1234

Well said, she always picked and chose what she felt she could do, and got away with so much that perhaps she felt she could win this battle. Well the war is over, doesn't get better than that! Her husband always tried to clean up her mess and when he couldn't he complained too! Both pathetic and just need the money since they live larger than they could afford. Maybe lesson learned finally, you get what you dish out. In this case, all those public records and grievances couldn't save your job, now are you going to bring Matt down too? Sue the county over what? You not doing what you were hired to do? If the Ada gave her 45 days, that was her accommodation for any made up disability. Don't claim you needed a permanent solution back to field where you were a terrible asset to the team. Please don't fool yourself or others who sadly will give money to your lawyer fund. Fight the battle on your own, if you knew you would win then you wouldn't be in limbo. Pay with your money and if you win, you will have tons of money to make up for the amount you put out. Don't rely on others to support you. Pathetic, greedy, not 5years, not even close, not good at your job, never excelled in field or kennel, list goes on..don't support, don't give money, animal care is a wonderful place because of employees like the one who wrote. This rant, since he/she is 1000% accurate with these facts.

Fight2ProtectPets
Fight2ProtectPets

You must be truly stupid or you didn't read my post at all. My affiliation is that I am a former employee! I have no personal motives against Dafna, I believe what she is doing is childish and unfounded. No, I never did euthanize there, I was smart enough to take a job that I could help the animals without being involved in euthanasia. However after watching tens of thousands of innocent animals put to sleep just because there are not enough homes, I decided to leave BCAC and focus my efforts on rescuing in a responsible manner. There was no wrongful termination here. Depression is not a covered ADA condition, I would know. Dafna refused to do her job which was clearly outlined upon her application, interview and hire. Her termination was most certainly warranted. She simply wanted special treatment and when she didn't get her way she pitched a fit like a kid throwing a tantrum. It's quite ridiculous.

Fight2ProtectPets
Fight2ProtectPets

I get a feeling we already know each other, Boomba.... And no I'm not being sarcastic... I think we are friends in real life.... If you are who I think you are and I'm betting you know who I am too, send me a message (privately) on FB.

kimmiemcc
kimmiemcc

Why do you even bother asking? You clearly are not.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

@boomba123 Neutral in the fact that I no longer work in any animal control agency, but have in the past.  BRIEFLY when I originally moved to Florida and much longer while I was still in St Louis.  It was in St Louis where I worked in the back room.  I know just how hard of a job it really is, which is why the tag lines on this story just hit me in the wrong way.  I love animals but also know the necessity of euthanasia.  Just do not like it when someone comes out saying that those who do the job are murdering or killing animals.  If it was not for irresponsible owners, that job would never have to be done.  If this girl refused to do the job or any other job, she deserves to be fired.  nuff said.

usecommonsense8
usecommonsense8

@smdrpepper @trailblazertvl 

I understand what you are saying but this isn't what the fight is about. Animals have to be euthanized but at the same time people need to work harder to promote and get these animals out of the shelters. All of this is irrelevant though. Dafna's case is strictly due to her disability. She was a great officer and didn't apply for the kennel position. Again, there are so many facts in place. It will all come out.

Fight2ProtectPets
Fight2ProtectPets

My mean streak is against ignorant human beings. My pets, who are my children, and every animal I encounter hold a higher value than 90% of the people I come in contact with. So, since I am no longer affiliated with the shelter I really owe you nothing in disclosing who I am. And no I am not a disgruntled former employee, I chose to leave on my own which is what Dafna should have done if she was unhappy in her job. No one forces you to apply for any job. BCAC didn't knock on my door, or hers, telling us we HAD to come work there and kill animals. She signed up for it, if she couldn't handle it (I know I couldn't) she should have done the mature thing and walked the hell away. This waste of time and resources is only hurting the animals....

boomba1234
boomba1234

Since the door was open on another employee not involved in dafnas pathetic begging, I have contacted animal care to find out the following facts since you seem obsessed with her. Priscilla only received co worker complaints from both Dafna and Matthew knowles (ha!) And all complaints were unfounded and dismissed. I was told Priscilla actually ran a program independently from road or kennel work, and she actually excelled in that for two years and saved hundreds of cats' lives with the relationship she built with the stores. For three years prior, she was an excellent employee on the field staff, running calls as necessary and thriving at court. She is fully capable of her job functions. Only when the program was transferred over to the clinic staff, is she now reassigned to kennel work that she has excelled at since day one. Unlike Dafna, she can perform daily job duties. It seemed as though Dafna resented her for having the program, as she filed a grievance trying to state she was more qualified, and the program remained under Priscillas care. Pompano closing is irrelevant of Dafnas fight against broward county, so why the need to mention it? Yes, the shelter is closing. As far as what a hoarding rescue believes about pompano shelter employees on a social media site, I am pretty sure that, too, is irrelevant to Dafnas cause and beyond unimportant to me. Maybe you( Matt) and Dafna need to refocus on hating another employee other than this assest to broward county. I was told that the only complaint that Priscilla made was when Matthew decided to be bold and that this employee was a friend of hers. Matthew suffered a disciplinary meeting, found valid. From what it seems like, this other working county employee spoke somewhat positive of Dafna even after her separation since she did know Dafna always had difficulty euthanizing, regardless the reasons. Before jumping to conclusions, I inquired so I can know that broward is keeping good employees around, Priscilla being one of them. I am not concerned, nor is anyone following this story, with anyone but Dafnas misleading headlines because when you ask for money from people and support, you would think you would put all your cards on the table. If Dafna has you do her undercover posts on here to get back at an old friend, then I commend you stupidity. Move one with your lives and make a difference another way. Pay her attorney fees in full or as I stated, have your husband do it for free! Badgering other employees wont get her job back. If someone doesnt speak to you anymore, doesnt mean they are the one hating on her article. I have already explained to you morons that her separation was justified and she found excuses and ways to refocus the spotlight on her to someone else at all costs to make herself look good. I believe lodwnshame, as they spoke as a current employee who worked with Dafna. State disqualified her, move on.

usecommonsense8
usecommonsense8

@boomba1234 Blah blah blah...more opinionated lies! You have just shown us that you have no facts to back up your lies. Oh, and stop obsessing over Dafna and worry about your own life.

boomba1234
boomba1234

The criticism is towards her and her alone, but I am sure you are either Matt, someone in their family, or a rescue "woman" who dafna has knock down valid concerns considering she is the one begging for help. She needs to do it on her own and stop badgering a shelter that her husband full handedly supports and works at to this day. Guess the paycheck is needed with that sitting at home. Well wishes to you, as this was to raise awareness to people feeling sorry for her, not to talk to you.

boomba1234
boomba1234

Nobody needs to prove anything, the facts are on the way out. If she did so much good, how did broward successfully get rid of her? Easy, they did it properly. Does this other employee still work there, unlike her? Dime comparison! Your husband must be proud. When dafna knowles used this article to steal people's miney, she opened the door to criticism. I am sure her average will get her job back! If she can gather attorney fees, or is your husband doing this winning case for free? Who does hate mail? Rescue people who still can't save the world? I was a volunteer for a short period and still support their shelter. Unfortunately, it was long enough to see the poison Dafna knowles brought into the shelter.

usecommonsense8
usecommonsense8

@boomba123 And Boomba obviously is someone with a personal grudge against Dafna. You see, nothing you say can be backed up factually. Dafna did not refuse. She has a disability, whether you like it or not. You say she didn't show up to work? Is there any records to back this? Was she ever disciplined for "not showing up"? Prove it. Show us all. You say she was a poor employee? Prove it. You see, I have the facts. They say that Dafna ran more calls than every other officer for the past three years straight. FACT. Now, you'll probably come up with some shit saying "theres more to this job than running a lot of calls". TRUE. After running all of those calls, she worked very hard in saving the animals. Another fact that can be backed up. Maybe you should consider talking shit about someone like Priscilla Soussou. Now there's a worthless one. She's averaged less than half of what Dafna did over that same time period. The number of complaints from co-workers and citizens show what kind of a person she really is. Broward county has revoked her driving privileges because she was a danger to other people and the animals she transported. So they put her in the kennels in Pompano. Have you heard what's happening to that shelter? It's closing. Go to the facebook page for "Undercats4life". Ask them about the workers at the Pompano shelter.  

As for Dafna, she has never said anything negative about someone who does euthanize. she respects what they do even more because she knows how difficult it must be. She was given 45 days to find a new job. In that time, she applied for almost 15 jobs. A false statement was made that the county offered her a job. No they did not. They offered her extra time to apply for another job that was a substantial demotion. As a woman with an attorney for a husband, I can tell you the 45 days is NOT an accommodation, its a courtesy. Its also been said that she stole county property and used county resources to run a rescue? That's kind of a bold statement (and a lie). Maybe you could provide some hard facts for that one as well? If she stole from the county, shouldn't she have been fired for that? You see, its called defamation when you make statements like that about a person's character with no evidence to back it up. She always had an excuse for everything? I think we would all love to hear some details about that as well. Naturally, we would like facts, not your ridiculously flagrant opinions.

The FACT of the matter is, there is a whole LOT more to this story. When the facts do come out, people will see the truth.

Until then, bring those facts!! We don't want to take your word for it. We want to see some documents. Back it up. I mean, you must have something to back this up? Or is it just your highly valued opinion? Fell free to send me those facts directly usecommonsense8@gmail.com

Something tells me nothing is coming my way. Maybe just some hate mail. I'll be looking forward to it. If you can, in fact, defend everything you've said with facts, well, I am open minded. I am willing to listen to your side. But you have to defend it first.

boomba123
boomba123

Beautifully said, thank you for your part. I couldn't agree with you more. It irks me because she was the employee who always had excuses for everything more than she even showed up for work. Either you need to work or don't, but don't blame others for your own shortcomings.

boomba123
boomba123

You dont understand if you keep arguing. Field or kennel requires euthanasia for space, overcrowding, illness, etc, read job description. She has no disability other than coercing others to do her job. She was a terrible officer and terrible kennel worker. Her fake disability from her on call doctor was to get her out of feeling guilty. Do the job or dont, they gave her time to find another job, shejchose not to. Bring the facts, show her evaluations, her top officer award, her fake citizen compliments or rescue group call ins

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