Last week, authorities seized 19 dogs from a San Antonio home that apparently had such an offensive odor, a reporter outside the yard was nearly gagging from the smell. The dogs were reportedly malnourished and unsocialized. Vincent Medley, assistant director at Animal Care Services, told the local news:
“They generally have not been walked on a leash. Just given by their reaction at all once something is around there [sic] neck, they become very fractious. They’re not used to being around strangers.”
I am not an expert but reading that description of the dogs makes me think that the last thing I would want to do is to have a bunch of strangers approach them and put things around their necks. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the trained professionals did. The video of the dogs being dragged and manhandled while they are terrified out of their minds is difficult to watch. One dog, pinned to the ground with a chokepole, appears to have been injured by the device and is bleeding. Another dog on a chokepole is shown being hand fed some sort of glop. Yes, I said hand fed and chokepole in the same sentence. So it’s ok to stick your fingers in their mouths but apparently they posed too much of a threat to do anything other than drag and otherwise injure them to get them off the property.
The dogs reportedly lived in a 7 by 7 foot room where they ate and relieved themselves. The owner, Michael Hernandez, was arrested on unrelated warrants but animal cruelty charges may be filed.
If a judge, at a hearing in the next 10 days, determines Hernandez was cruel in his treatment of the animals, the man will have 30 days to appeal.
ACS is prepared to care for the animals for 40 days.
The pound is asking for potential foster homes to visit its website. I took a look and didn’t see any pleas for the seized dogs but did find this page about fostering for ACS in general. I imagine loads of people from the community will be lining up to foster these dogs after seeing the trained animal handlers on the news apparently so fearful they felt obligated to abuse the dogs.
(Thank you Arlene for alerting me to this story.)