On Tuesday, a 3 year old Australian Shepherd named Auston escaped his yard and was picked up by Amarillo Animal Control in Texas. The owner, Cassie Sims, found a note from AC on her door saying her dog had been impounded. She immediately went down to redeem him:
When Cassie went to retrieve her four-legged friend, she was surprised to see him covered in blood.
“There was blood dripping everywhere,” Cassie said. “It looked like a slaughterhouse.”
Ms. Sims suspected abuse by the ACOs “because she found wounds on his chest and his nose and mouth were bleeding.” It certainly seems a reasonable suspicion. But the pound’s director explained that the injuries were self-inflicted while the dog resisted being manhandled on a chokepole – which he describes as a “staff”:
“They got one of the animals (Auston) on the end of a staff and the dog fought the staff, bit the staff, punctured its tongue or lip and probably banged its nose on the end of the staff,” said Animal Control Executive Director Mike McGee.
A vet checked the dog and cleared the ACOs of any abuse. So the owner is relieved and everybody’s happy.
Hullo! Is anyone going to stand up for Auston? “Staffs”, when used properly and humanely, do not leave a dog with head and chest wounds, covered in blood, looking like he came from a slaughterhouse. What does leave a dog in that condition is something called animal abuse. Why is everybody happy?
(Thank you Clarice for sending me this story.)