Nobody WANTS to kill animals – San Bernardino pound edition
January 20, 2013
When this dog’s photo was posted on Facebook, I shared it on the blog’s page. When I checked back later to see what the status was, I saw a note indicating that the dog’s listing had been removed from PetHarbor and that the pound staff refuses to disclose the disposition of any animal removed from PetHarbor. I think this is a baloney policy so I FOIA’d the dog’s records. The lengthy document which was sent to me included the dog’s ID number and a notation that the dog was adopted. Thank you irresponsible public, once again.
The only other document I received in response to my FOIA request was something that appears to be a cage card.
Since I had specifically requested the intake form, impounding animal control officer notes, all photos, front and back of cage card, veterinary notes, behavioral assessment form, adoption records, disposition form including reason for euthanasia if applicable, and any and all other related documents for this dog, I contacted the city again, asking for the missing documents. The e-mail response I received from the deputy city attorney reads, in part:
I have confirmed with the responding City department that there are no additional records for #A439720 beyond those already provided. The kennel card contains all the information the City has on receiving, vetting, and assessing the animal.
So there you have it. The largely empty kennel card contains everything the city has on this dog – everything the city of San Bernardino did to try and save this dog’s life. All records of the efforts to provide basic vet care to prevent disease, to try to find the dog’s owner, to reach out to rescues and fosters, to market the dog to the public, to provide him with exercise and socialization – all of it amounts to no effort at all, at least no record of any such efforts. There isn’t even a record of the dog’s adoption.
How are they doing follow up calls to promote pet retention without adoption records? Is San Bernardino vaccinating upon intake? Trying to reunite lost pets with their owners? Taking any action of any kind to get pets out of the place alive? Because there are no records of it, for this dog anyway. I would posit that if a member of the irresponsible public had not photographed this pet and posted him on social media (including the video below), the dog would have likely been killed by the city in relative anonymity.
But they’re doing the best they can. Don’t criticize. We all want the same thing. blah.
Video of dog ID #439720 at the San Bernadino city pound, posted to YouTube:
Dang, if it weren’t for the irresponsible public we hear so much about from pet killing facilities and their apologists, this story might have actually been even more depressing. I am grateful the public did the city’s job for them with this dog, since they apparently weren’t going to do it themselves. But I am sorry for all the other pets at the San Bernardino pound. The lost and homeless pets of San Bernardino – and the taxpayers – deserve better.