WV Pound Accused of Putting a Live Puppy in the Trash
November 23, 2012
A former volunteer at the Cabell-Wayne pound in WV says pets are being killed improperly and conditions at the pound are deplorable.
Workers picking up trash from the pound recently heard soft crying coming from one of the bags. They opened it up to find one live and one dead puppy. But the county has an explanation:
County Manager Chris Tatum says veterinarians have told him it’s not uncommon for this to happen.
“You have small animals and to detect respiration or heartbeats is nearly impossible with a stethoscope in that small of an animal. It does happen. There are instances where one has been euthanized and not completely dead,” Tatum said.
See, puppies are small. Stethoscopes don’t work on small beings. I guess we should alert hospitals that care for premature babies and such.
Anyhoo since the stethoscopes the kill techs are so dutifully utilizing appear to be failing them, perhaps they could try an alternative method for verifying death. Maybe do what the sanitation workers did – pick up the bag and if any crying sounds emerge, open it up for a look-see. Or better yet, maybe the pound could stop killing healthy/treatable pets and start releasing them to rescues, fosters and adopters instead.
The shelter director will hold a news conference early next week. The conference will discuss this issue, as well as, what he calls positive changes at the facility over the past eight months, including a low number of euthanizations.
Wait – is he counting the ones put in the garbage truck while they were still alive in those figures?
I hope he tells what happened to the surviving puppy. I mean – they didn’t kill him again, I hope.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)