Friday, October 19, 2007

Arizona Sheriff saves his county millions

Maricopa County, Arizona used to spend about $18 million per year on stray animals, such as cats and dogs. But the County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, told County Supervisors he would take over managing the strays. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows. The budget for the entire animal ontrol department is now under $3 million.

Prisoners get to earn 28 cents an hour for working, but most would work for free just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities and building maintenance. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.

The inmates can work on his huge farm, donated to the county years ago. They grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, working by hand. The hog farm provides meat and fertilizer, which fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work. The sheriff was re-elected last year with 83% of the vote.

He's in trouble with the ACLU again, after painting all his vehicles with a special hot-line phone number where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. He thought Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn't doing enough, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws. He even bought four new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He's just a "git-her-done" sheriff!


  1. I like this site but this one got me. I read same story week ago in AZ Republic and laughed then too.
    Need to check it out before following in lock step with 'Joes' newspaper.
    Joe is nothing more than a Media Hound... The total for 18 months is 1057 illegals...(and he's boaasting).. gee! that's a whole TWO a day! What about the other 800,000 he claims to be in AZ County?
    He will put on a show in city areas but not in outskirts where we live.. where the real problems are with drugs, thefts, human trafficing.
    Lot of show, lip service, but puts more time in grandstanding, press conferences, 'smoke & mirrors', than enforcement.
    We know what is going on and have to deal with problem on a daily basis..
    Town of Aguila where we live is over 50% illegals and he can't find them??? EVERY business and at leats 16 homes in town has been burgularized in past 6 months in a town of 500 people.
    Now arrested Phoenix newspaper owners that are critical of him and subpoenaed names of people visiting their web site! Grand Jury investigation!
    That $18 million is such an inflated figure... The entire state does not spend that much on animal control!

  2. hcsod2I've read a lot about Sheriff Joe, and seen him on TV a number of times.....he's been elected, and re-elected, about 8 times now....correct.? I feel that more bad things have been said badly about him, than good....he's received a lot of bad press. My question....if he's so damn bad, why is he always re-elected....probably because he has more balls than any of those attacking him. I'm proud of the stand he takes on the illegal immigration issues, and all his policies and procedures.

    Hang tough, Sheriff Joe!!




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