Welcome to Choice High School and Technical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, part of the Okaloosa County School District. Their motto? Envision your future. The school is accredited by the Commission of the Council of Occupational Education.
And one of the ways you can envision your future in the animal welfare arena at Choice is by studying to be a Certified Veterinary Assistant. The instructor is Jennifer Arne.
But there’s a problem. You see, after years of receiving complaints about the program, Panhandle Animal Welfare Society has taken action and removed all the animals from the school program, and the school has, for now, shut the program down.
PAWS went out on Thursday and it seemed the instructor knew they were coming. They told school staff they’d be back the following week, but instead they went back the next day. Uh oh!
What did PAWS find? Over 200 animals, including a 5 foot long anaconda, being kept in storage sheds. According to NW Florida Daily News, the animals found included 100 rats, 13 chickens, 11 ducks, 22 rabbits (including 2 newborns), 6 peacocks, 9 snakes, 6 finches, a cockatiel, 2 parakeets, 2 pigs, 1 goat, 2 large fish, and other pet rodents. The animals lacked food, water, or adequate bedding. And the snakes had no heat.
The school decided to surrender all of the animals to PAWS. But Jennifer can relax, because, for now, she still has a job. And from the looks of her Facebook account, plenty of animals at home to tend to.
So you see, boys and girls, you can make a decent salary hoarding animals and teaching children to do the same. And your principal will enable you in the process! How cool is that!