It has been boatloads of fun tracking what has happened the 44 dogs HSUS took from an owner in AL in December. I mean really, it’s been great. But here’s the thing. HSUS peeps subscribe to this blog. Although I can’t manage to get anyone there to talk to me directly, somebody at HSUS could put all our minds at ease by simply telling us the status of the dogs in the UNKNOWN category (below). Is that like, just a totally ridiculous thing to ask? People care about these dogs and want to know what happened to them. So how about it HSUS? Could you at least let us all know if the dogs in the UNKNOWN category are still of this earth? That’s not classified information, is it?
Here is my current list. It contains quite a few updates from the previous list.
Status: Located (21 dogs)
10 dogs at PAWS Atlanta in GA – Laura has been keeping me updated which I really appreciate. Cora (now Sari), Imogen and Driscol have been adopted. Driscol went to a home with a kid after he was featured on Good Day Atlanta! Next dog to be moved on to the adoption floor will be Zeb. The other dogs are listed for adoption on their website.
2 dogs at Humane Society of Etowah Co, AL: Ben and Jeri – both up for adoption.
3 dogs at Bliss Animal Haven in Loganville, GA, 1 already adopted, 2 available for adoption
3 dogs at New Leash on Life in Wilson Co, TN, all have been adopted (including Sassy, who was listed as LOST in the last update. She was found and is safe at home with her people – yay!).
3 dogs transferred from Lincoln Co Animal Services in NC to Humane Society of Charlotte. Bear Bear had been listed on the website as available for adoption but the listing has been removed. I sent an inquiry regarding his status to the HS of Charlotte but haven’t received a reply as of this posting. Chow Phat was adopted. Chester is available for adoption. Merry’s 5 pups, born in foster care, will be available for adoption in future. (See below for info on Merry.)
Status: Dead (6 dogs)
4 dogs at Lincoln Co Animal Services in NC – Murray, Harry, Buddy and dog #38805 were put in the gas chamber on 12-13-10.
2 puppies at Humane Society of Etowah Co in AL – The pups were less than 10 weeks old and came in very sick. Parvo was suspected and both were euthanized. They were the youngest of the group of 44 and the only 2 who appeared to be sick.
Status: Lost (2 dogs)
1 dog – Merry – transferred from Lincoln Co Animal Services in NC to Humane Society of Charlotte, escaped from her foster owner in January 2011.
1 dog lost in TN. Kendall escaped from her New Leash on Life foster home in December 2010 and hasn’t been found.
Status: Unknown (15 dogs)
10 dogs left at the Nashville Humane Association in TN. I have been asking and asking and asking Nashville Humane about these dogs. I had other people ask Nashville Humane about these dogs. No responses. I continually monitored their website, watching for any of the dogs to appear, as Nashville Humane had indicated they would post them there as soon as the dogs were available. Nothing. Ever. Until February 4 when, on a whim, I tried e-mailing an inquiry to someone at Nashville Humane I hadn’t contacted previously. Heck, ya never know. I finally got a reply although it was ominous sounding. I was informed that Nashville Humane does not have any of the dogs “right now” and no further information would be provided. I was referred to HSUS for more info. I went ahead and asked Nashville Humane for more information anyway because
I’m annoying like that to my mind, Nashville Humane should at least say what the status of the dogs was when they were last in their care. No response. So this is me, asking HSUS – What happened to these 10 dogs?
2 dogs transferred from Lincoln Co Animal Services to Charlotte-Mecklenburg shelter in NC. Their kill rate is about 65%. Both dogs now listed on Char-Meck’s site under slightly altered ID numbers – Daisy (ID#A0797513) and Markus (ID#A0797514 ). I called “311” for Char-Meck Co on February 6 and was told both dogs were still there, still unavailable for adoption and still kenneled in “DDTF” – Dangerous Dogs Task Force. The person answering the phone kindly offered to take my name and phone number to be contacted in the event either dog is in danger of being killed. In addition, I was advised Daisy had a urinary problem and had been receiving veterinary treatment and that Char-Meck had been working with HS of Charlotte on her. I sent an inquiry to HS of Charlotte for an update but have not yet received a response. It’s sad to me to think of these two still sitting in segregated kennels at a kill shelter, months after being taken from their home, still unavailable for adoption. I wonder how they are doing and hope they will be offered to the public as soon as possible.
3 dogs remain unaccounted for and I’m still looking for them. HSUS presumably remembers where they dropped them but has declined to say where that was or what the status of the 3 dogs is now.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the 3 unaccounted for dogs or the status of any of the “Unknown” dogs, please share. HSUS, I’m looking at you.
By the way, this blog accepts anonymous comments. Just so everyone knows.
Update, February 18: I received a response to my inquiry from HS of Charlotte. They do NOT have a behaviorist working with Char-Meck on Daisy or Markus and don’t have any info on them. Bear Bear has been adopted. Merry’s 5 pups remain in foster care. One of the pups is ill and will remain with the foster owner indefinitely.
Also, a reader sent in a comment posted on Facebook by Wayne Pacelle regarding the AL 44 which says, in part: “some have been adopted, others are still being worked with, and some did have to be humanely euthanized”. No new info there, although apparently the definition of “humanely euthanized” is another point where I differ from HSUS.