A Texas sheriff has banned photography of animals housed in the county shelter for the sole reason that it makes them look like they’re in jail.

As a result, animal adoptions at the Wise County animal shelter have dropped by more than two-thirds, meaning the animals will remained caged and eventually put to sleep.

The ban mostly affects rescue groups that regularly would take photos of the animals to post them on Facebook pages or email lists, according to CBS Dallas.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker said the only people allowed to take photos of the animals are those employed by the shelter.

The problem is, they apparently have other duties because they are not posting the photos as regularly as the rescue groups did.

According to the sheriff’s website, animals that are not adopted after three days are liable to be euthenized.

Due to overcrowding in our animal shelter, and limited funds, it becomes necessary to put unclaimed animals to sleep. Texas law requires that an animal be held 3 days prior to euthanization.  However, some animals at the shelter are available for adoption.

Complicating matters is the fact that the shelter changed the name of its Facebook page from Wise County Animal Shelter to Wisecounty Animalshelter, making it more difficult to find in a simple Google search.

Below is a picture and bio of Sheriff Walker.

David Walker was elected Sheriff in 2004 and took office January 1, 2005. David has been with the Sheriff’s Department since 1992, beginning in the Communication Division. After graduating from the police academy in 1993, David transferred to Patrol. After serving 2 years in Patrol, David was transferred to CID as an Investigator and was later promoted to Lieutenant over the Investigation Division. David was promoted to Enforcement Captain in October of 1998 and Chief Deputy in 2004. 

Walker obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1995. He currently holds an Advance Peace Officer Certification. In October of 1999, Sheriff Walker graduated from the Quantico F.B.I. National Academy. He has obtained his TCLEOSE Instructor’s Certification, Chemical Weapons Certification, and numerous hours of continuing education in various areas of law enforcement. Walker was named “Patrolman of the Year” in 1994 and “Officer of the Year in 1996”.  He has received numerous commendations from both Federal and Area Law Enforcement Agencies.