600 Animals Seized from Unlicensed NC Shelter

The state of NC has known for years that a private shelter in Hoke Co was being operated so far below minimum acceptable standards that animals were suffering.  Animals at the Haven were not receiving necessary veterinary care, food, water, exercise, or socialization – and there were way too many for the small number of staff to take proper care of.  During the state’s October 2009 inspection, there were more than 1300 animals at the facility:

Portion of a 2009 inspection of the Haven by the state of NC

Portion of a 2009 inspection of the Haven by the state of NC

State inspectors took dozens of photos documenting neglect during their October 2013 visit to the Haven.  Animals were stacked in dirty cages everywhere including the “isolation” area, inside the dog runs, in the barn and in a lean-to:

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Some animals were sick, others were left without food and/or water:

So it would have come as a surprise to no one at the state level when the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the Haven yesterday pursuant to public complaints. The ASPCA was brought in. More than 600 animals have been seized:

“You’ve got animals out here with open wounds…obvious skin conditions…animals that appear to be malnourished,” [Capt. John] Kivett said.

According to the ASPCA, the animals were kept in dirty kennels, cages, outdoor pens and paddocks, many without protection from the elements.

The owners have been charged with animal cruelty and possession of a controlled substance used for animals. Additional charges are likely as the investigation continues.

Thank you to the complainers for not giving up on the animals and to the local authorities for taking action. I dread to think how many more years the state would have kept documenting the suffering of animals at this place without doing anything to help.

(Thanks Lisa for the links.)

Another Video Rahm Emanuel Never Wanted You to See

Some of you may remember in spring of last year when it was reported that a Chicago ACC employee strangled a dog to death with a chokepole.  The city refused to release the internal video of the killing and the press had to sue to get it.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration fought against the video’s release, as it did in the case of the killing of a human being by a police officer, but was eventually forced to let the public see the truth.  And it’s as awful as you’d imagine:

The video (with no audio) shows the dog thrashing, then going quiet, lying motionless on the ground after one or more of the poles apparently cut off the animal’s airflow. A few seconds later, the video shows the dying animal being dragged down the hall by the neck.

Note:  poleS.  Pound employees strung the dog, named Spike, up in two chokepoles.  Other people stood watching while the dog was being tortured.  And if this isn’t vomity enough for you:

City records obtained by the [Better Government Association] under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act indicate the two ACC workers “struggled with the dog until the dog eventually collapsed,” and a supervisor “came into the unloading area and informed the Officers to ‘Let him breathe.’”

While one of the ACC workers indicated “his pole was loose,” the other employee “proceeded to drag the dog by his neck down the hallway and into the Euthanasia Room then proceeded to use the control pole to lift the dog by the neck into the cage,” the city records show.
[…]

After the choking incident, “a veterinarian examined the dog and confirmed he was alive,” the spokesman said. “However, the dog died within 30 minutes prior to the scheduled euthanasia.”

So they strangled Spike until he fell out, then dragged him by a metal noose around his neck, then hanged him in the noose to get him into a cage, had some sort of VET verify the dog still had a pulse, then left him to suffer until he died. But don’t worry, the workers who tortured the dog and those who watched but did nothing to save him – well actually, go ahead and worry:

Three employees were suspended without pay. The longest suspension was 20 days.

Gee.  Sounds serious.  Apparently the city of Chicago has a tiered justice system, with city employees sitting at the top, spitballing everyone below.  Prepare to be spat upon:

Today Chicago Animal Care and Control’s acting director, Ivan Capifali, says in a written statement:
[…]
“Following a review of the episode that occurred in March of 2014, CACC quickly disciplined three employees and provided special training on animal handling to CACC employees. In fact, a video on animal handling that was created by CACC in partnership with the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) is not only shown to all new CACC staff, it is now used by NACA in training nationwide.”

Chicago, that shining city upon a hill, excels so damn hard at killing then trying to suppress the evidence, it must be held up as an example for the entire country. You know your city is good when protesters stand outside the mayor’s house, demanding he resign.

I’m sorry the people paid to protect you from harm tortured you to death, Spike.  I’m sorry too that everyone involved is still uh, protecting animals from harm at the Chicago pound.

The city is reportedly looking for a new director to run the pound.  I can’t imagine any compassionate person would be willing to work with animal abusers and enablers.  But I guess compassion is not a job requirement in Chicago.

(Thank you to everyone who sent me this story.)

Gloucester Co Pound: Vile and Not Random

When the Gloucester Co pound in NJ killed Moe, an owned microchipped cat upon impound in September, county spokeswoman Debra Sellitto defended the killing, stating that it “wasn’t a random decision.”

*ding ding ding*  Correct!

How not random was it?  An October inspection of the pound conducted by the NJ Department of Health found that between January 2 and October 9 of this year, the county killed 312 cats, 71 dogs and 1 pet rabbit before the required 7 day holding period had expired.  But wait, there’s more not random horrible.  The state inspector noted the following (my summary):

  • Cats, including Moe and other healthy cats, were routinely killed by jabbing them in the gut with Fatal Plus instead of the required IV injection.
  • Cats were not weighed, as required, to determine the amount of Fatal Plus necessary to kill them.  Instead cats were generally given 1 ml and kittens were given 1/2 ml – except those who were given a little more or a little less, based upon the whim of the kill tech.  Hey, it’s only science, why fuss?
  • There were no records indicating that any of the other animals killed at the pound were weighed either.
  • After animals were jabbed with the Oh Whatever amount of Fatal Plus, no one was verifying they were actually dead before disposing of them.
  • The certification documents for the kill techs did not specify what methods they were certified in, as required.
  • A few animals were being scanned for microchips upon impound or before killing but most were not.
  • Cats in the isolation room were each placed into a holding cage while their primary cage was cleaned.  The holding cage was not cleaned between cats.
  • A lethargic kitten with a thick nasal discharge had her face down on the cage floor in the feral cat room.  She could barely open her eyes.  Despite being clearly ill, she was housed with a healthy kitten and only removed from the cage during cleaning.  After being returned to the cage, no notes were made indicating the kitten was sick and in need of veterinary care.
  • Cages were not being disinfected properly because who has time for that?

So yeah, not random.  A systemic failure to meet even the minimal care standards required by law.  But remember, don’t criticize:

“It is truly an unfair evaluation to say that the director and staff of the animal shelter are cruel. The staff of the GCAS are dedicated to animals. Otherwise they would not be working there,” said Sellitto. “Bill Lombardi and his staff go above and beyond every day for the animals that are surrendered to the shelter, by working hard to find them loving and caring homes so they are not brought back to the shelter.

Maybe stop going “above and beyond every day” and just try to get to bare minimums. Any day. Cause that would be an epic improvement.

As for accountability – Barnacles!

At least one person faces disciplinary action, according to Sellitto, noting the county is not required to disclose personnel files due to employees’ privacy rights.

So basically yes, the Gloucester pound kill techs, who may or may not have been properly trained in killing animals, are jabbing some amount of Fatal Plus into pets who haven’t been scanned for microchips nor held for the required 7 days before being tossed into the Probably Dead bin – all of which is against the law – but using the word ‘cruel’ is way over the line. After all, everyone loves animals or they wouldn’t work here.  Just ask this snotting kitten lying on her face – note the cage has been cleaned, improperly sure but still. Plus, some mystery person might be disciplined over all this loving animals so haven’t you people gotten your pound of flesh yet?

(Thanks Clarice and Jan for the links.)

Lincoln Co Pound Fined for Harming Pets, Pound Says Public Not Trustworthy

The NC Department of Agriculture has issued a civil penalty notice to Lincoln Co Animal Services:

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The $7500 in penalties stem from an inspection by the state on October 27 subsequent to the receipt of a complaint about the pound. The state reviewed the records for the facility and found that from May 1 through October 27, 195 cats and 15 dogs were found dead in their cages. The staggering number of deaths are indicative of rampant disease and yet not only was there no written protocol from a veterinarian addressing any disease management, the contracted vet said no one had told her about the animals dying in their cages.

Animals who had been seen by a vet and been prescribed medication were not being given those meds by the pound staff according to the records. Cages were not being cleaned twice daily and baby animals were not being fed twice daily as required by the state. In fact, staff only worked from 7 – 11 on Sunday mornings then left the animals until Monday.

This sounds awful. But never fear, they are doing the best they can:

Channel 9 questioned the director of Lincoln County Animals Services about the violations.

David Workman said the deaths were the result of a respiratory disease that spread rapidly throughout the shelter.
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Workman said his staff was overwhelmed and the shelter was overcrowded. The shelter is a kill shelter and Workman said they’ve been trying to find animals a home before they’re euthanized. Still, he vowed to make the necessary changes.

“We are doing our best here. We put a lot of new policies and procedures that we now have in place now as far medication administration,” said Workman.

New medication policy: uh, give it.

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Holly, ID #A30355280, at the Lincoln Co pound in NC (photo from email issued by Lincoln Co)

As it happens, this story wasn’t the only email I received about the Lincoln Co pound this week.  Someone forwarded me a plea for several animals in need of rescue.  It reads, in part:

The animals on this plea are pregnant or the owner stated they were pregnant. Which that means they cannot be adopted by the public.

The unwashed masses apparently can’t be trusted with pregnant animals. Better that they stay at Lincoln Co where they can be neglected and/or left to suffer until they fall over dead in their cages or the staff kills them. Like they did the dogs they got from HSUS who were part of the “rescued” Alabama 44.

The plea ends with:

Please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to help us with these extra special shelter babies!

Good news: I can help. I can’t personally do your jobs for you but I can offer you some guidance. If you don’t find rescues who are able to take these pregnant animals, let them be adopted by the public with an agreement to have mama and the entire litter neutered when appropriate.  Offer to take the family back for adoption once the pups/kittens are old enough.  Promise that they won’t be killed so someone might actually be willing to raise the pets in their home and return them to you for adoption in good faith.  Or if the person wants to keep one or more of the family members, provide them with spay-neuter vouchers.  Alternatively, ask the state of NC if you can take the $7500 you owe for not doing your jobs and use it on doing your jobs – starting with sheltering these pets.  In short, do almost anything with these animals except neglect/kill them.

(Thank you to everyone who sent me links on this story.)

Burned MA Shelter Has License Suspended, Finally

The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture had been documenting inhumane and dangerous conditions at the Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals facility for years before it caught on fire last month, killing 37 animals.  Sweetpea is a registered 501c3 and registered as a rescue with the state.

In 2013, state inspectors expressed concerns that Sweetpea was overcrowded, the cages were too small for any dogs over 25 pounds, and the animals were being warehoused.  Some dogs had been at the facility for 10 months at the time of the inspection.  Sweetpea was importing dogs from out of state and over half the dogs were large in size, some from a greyhound rescue.  Some of the animals were boarders.   The manager told the inspectors that she constantly monitored Craigslist for animals who had been adopted from Sweetpea whom the adopters were attempting to rehome instead of returning them to the facility.  A husky at the facility was one such dog.

The dogs had no barriers between them other than chain link resulting in bitten ears, tails and paws.  Dogs were exhibiting “long term institutionalized behaviors” such as circling and biting the cage wire.  A veterinarian accompanying the inspectors advised the manager that Sweetpea should house a maximum of 20 dogs at any given time but the manager said she could house 50 and indicated dogs could be placed in stacked cat cages if necessary.

Cats were being housed in the same room with dogs, also in chain link cages.  Many were feral cats whom the manager had trapped and neutered but never returned, explaining that she planned to tame them.  There was no isolation for sick animals and no quarantine for unvetted animals.

Sweetpea did not hold a kennel license at that time and the manager wanted to start accepting animal control contracts from municipalities.  A state inspector advised that no municipal agreements could be made without the kennel license.  Sweetpea went ahead anyway and began housing impounded animals from municipalities, later obtaining the kennel license.

In 2014, inspectors noted that the feral cats had reportedly been at the facility for more than 2 years.  Multiple cats were crammed into each cage, some cages had 4 cats who were unable to move.  The dog kennels were still too small for the many large dogs who had to stand in the kennels with 2 feet on the floor and the other 2 on the bed, which took up most of the floor space.  The dogs banged into the walls if they tried to turn around.  Outdoor runs were available but not in use. The cats were still stuck in the middle of the room with the dogs.  All the animals were severely stressed and the “noise level was extreme”.  Questions arose about Sweetpea running a for-profit boarding and grooming business without a license.

Inspectors were specifically concerned with the fire hazard represented by the massive clutter inside Sweetpea, noting that the old building had never been updated, did not have sprinklers and the condition of the electrical wiring was unknown.

On November 19, 2015, the state inspector noted that conditions were unchanged:  dogs were fence fighting in the cramped kennels, cats were caged in the middle of the dog room and the animals were suffering from severe stress.  Due to Sweetpea’s continued failure to correct the inhumane conditions, the inspector officially recommended that the facility stop accepting animals from the municipalities until improvements were made.

Three days later, the Sweetpea facility burned down and most of the animals were killed.  The cause of the fire has not been determined.  Donations have poured in to multiple fundraising sites.  A posting on Craigslist questioning whether Sweetpea should be rebuilt under the same leadership was quickly flagged for removal:

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Screencap of a portion of a Craiglist posting that was up only briefly.

On December 7, Sweetpea’s kennel license was suspended by the Board of Selectmen.  The group apparently has a lawyer fighting the suspension.

Yet again, I am utterly puzzled as to how a shelter in the Magical North, where we in the Stupid South continually ship our homeless pets, could be less than magical.  It’s one of life’s mysteries I guess, like fires.

 

Nevada Pound Director Avoids Felony Charges, Enabled by Police Chief

As we are often chided by those opposed to hearing the truth about pet killing facilities, nobody wants to kill animals.  And this is true, with the exception of everybody who does want to kill animals, especially those who pee their pants a little every time a box of Fatal Plus arrives in the mail:

Jenny Silvia, a shelter volunteer, told police […] that [former Boulder City Animal Control Supervisor Mary Jo] Frazier “finds joy in killing animals.”

Police were talking to people who had worked with Frazier at the pound while they conducted an investigation into allegations of needless animal killings by Frazier:

A frantic phone call [in April] had prompted a Boulder City police detective to investigate whether the city’s head of animal control had, just for fun, been killing animals in the city’s shelter.

[…]

Boulder City Animal Control Officer Ann Inabnitt told police that Frazier, her supervisor, didn’t want to provide medical care to Lotus, an abused 11-week-old pit bull suffering from shattered teeth, a swollen head and a broken left hip. Frazier’s reason, her co-worker told police, was “we don’t spend money on pit bulls and because I’m just going to stick her anyway,” according to the detective’s affidavit to support an arrest warrant. […] Frazier refused to put the pit bull on the veterinarian-recommended diet of soft food, records show.

The police investigation reportedly found that Frazier had personally killed approximately half the animals who were impounded by Boulder City AC since being promoted to supervisor in 2006.  She instructed staff not to advertise animals for adoption online.  The Boulder City pound was never at capacity and animals were killed while cages sat empty.

Most of the animals who were killed by Frazier were killed upon impound, in violation of the city ordinance requiring a 5 day holding period.  Another city ordinance requires an exam by a veterinarian before any animal is killed but police determined Frazier was routinely violating that law too.

After Frazier’s husband divorced her crazy ass, he says she stole his dachshund, took him to the pound and killed him.

The police investigation culminated in the issue of an arrest warrant on felony and gross misdemeanor charges against Frazier – a warrant that was never served because the chief of police, who is in charge of the pound, quashed the whole thing.  Frazier retired two days later.  She is apparently collecting retirement checks from the city and has skipped town, probably to a place where they have drinks with little umbrellas in them.  Little umbrellas that look like needles filled with Fatal Plus, I’m guessing.

Police Chief Bill Conger defended sweeping the whole thing under a rug:

The chief said that he himself showed Boulder City Attorney David Olsen the investigation and that Olsen said felony charges would not stick, though “maybe a couple of misdemeanors” would.
“Why go forward with something that’s not going to go very far, number one, and number two, when she resigned this whole thing stopped,” Conger said.

A leetle problem:  the city attorney says he never heard word one from Conger about the case.

Another teensy snag:  After an area paper published the story about how Frazier was allowed to get her rocks off by needlessly killing animals on the taxpayers’ dime then retire before she could be arrested, take the taxpayers’ money and go someplace sunny, taxpayers were displeased.  They began an online campaign, held a protest at the police station and generally raised hell.

In response, the police chief decided he’d kick the ball down the field a little, then fall on the pile after the opponent was tackled to make it look like he was trying:

Boulder City officials have reversed course, saying they will submit previously dismissed information from a criminal investigation of the city’s former animal control supervisor to the Clark County District Attorney’s office for review.

As far as Conger’s role in enabling Frazier’s escape from justice:

“People get in trouble and resign all the time,” the chief said Tuesday.

Chief of Meh.

Also:  don’t criticize, we all want the same thing, if you don’t volunteer at your local pet killing facility you are part of the problem, blahcetera.

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(Photo by Casey Post.)

(Thanks Clarice and Jan.)

 

Video Depicts Injured Dog Being Cruelly Treated by Pound Staff

On November 17 a Good Samaritan, George Duran, took a severely injured dog he found lying motionless in an intersection to the long troubled pound in Downey, CA.  He explained to the workers who came out to his truck to get the dog that the animal was unable to stand due to injuries.  He filmed the subsequent abuse inflicted on the dog by the staff:

[A]nimal control officials wrap a rope around the dog’s muzzle, and one of them lifts the dog by the scruff of his neck out of Duran’s vehicle and sets him down on his clearly-visible injured hind legs.
The dog, unable to balance itself, yelps as it falls to the ground.

Mr. Duran says he told the male employee that he was hurting the dog and that the man replied that he didn’t care. Points for honesty, I guess.

Duran said he asked a female animal control worker to get a muzzle for the dog, but she told him she didn’t need it. On the video, she is heard telling Duran, “Let me do my job.”

You doing (what you seem to think is) your job is the thing we are afraid of.

Eventually, the workers lift the dog like a corpse, holding its four legs, and drop it into a cage.

That hurts to read, let alone how it must have felt to the poor dog. I haven’t watched the video because animal torture porn is not my thing.

“They made the dog’s condition worse,” Duran said. “They treated him like he was dead.”

And in short order, he was. Killed by the compassionate staff at the Downey pound. I can only guess how that went down. “Let me do my job.”  Please don’t let those be the last words I hear on this earth.

After video of the abuse was shared widely on social media, public outcry forced shelter management to take action.  Kind of:

[S]helter officials said Wednesday they will develop new training for handling injured animals.
Details about the future training content and a timetable for its rollout have not been decided yet, said Betsey Webster, chief deputy director of the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control Department.
[…]
Maria Rosales, acting animal care center manager in Downey, could not be reached for comment.

Sounds like the Downey pound is ON IT. More training, no one knows what or when, and don’t ask the pound manager because she’s hiding unavailable but there will be some sort of memo maybe, instructing workers not to toss dogs around by their busted legs, while being filmed.  And if they do, repercussions will be swift.  More unspecified training, presumably.  Though the next memo might have a frowny face at the top or something like that.

(Thanks Clarice.)

NY Dog Control Officer Charged in Connection with Dog Death

Shaheen R. Shaheen, the dog control officer for the Town of Tupper Lake, was arrested by NY state police this week and charged with “one count of torturing or injuring animals or failure to provide sustenance, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of neglect of an impound animal, a class U misdemeanor.”

Shaheen had reportedly picked up a stray dog on October 2 after receiving a call about a loose dog in need of help from a neighborhood resident.  He took the dog, who police say was in rough shape, to the Tupper Lake Animal Shelter.  It’s not clear what else, if anything, Shaheen did for the dog after leaving him in a cage:

“The dog was in poor health at the time of confiscation, and its health continued to deteriorate while at the shelter,” the [state police press] release said.
“Shaheen failed to provide the dog with proper care and needed veterinary service.”

The dog was found dead at the shelter on October 26. The town council met with Shaheen about the death on October 27 and the town supervisor requested his resignation. He resigned his position, effective October 31.

Shaheen is due to appear in court on November 25.

(Thanks Clarice.)

Cat Needlessly Suffers at Fort Bend Co Pound

A004477 cage cardThe failing Fort Bend Co pound in Texas has claimed another victim.  Cat ID #A004477 was impounded as a stray on October 7, 2015.  On that date, his records show he received a vaccine and his condition was listed as “normal”:

Portion of medical records for cat ID #A004477 at Fort Bend Co.

Portion of medical records for cat ID #A004477 at Fort Bend Co.

At some unknown point, the cat’s condition became abnormal. What is known is that on October 29, animal advocate Elizabeth Welch was at the Fort Bend Co facility pulling a litter of kittens for a rescue group when she noticed cat ID #A004477 was sick. She notified 2 staff members who were in the room that the cat had diarrhea and needed to be seen by a vet.

On November 2, volunteer Taylor Cook found the cat limp, gasping for air, his body and cage covered in diarrhea with kittens housed below him. She alerted staff to the cat’s condition and snapped this photo:

Cat ID #A004477 at the Fort Bend Co pound. (Photo by Taylor Cook)

Cat ID #A004477 at the Fort Bend Co pound. (Photo by Taylor Cook)

Staff killed the suffering cat, later named Gabriel by a volunteer, and listed his condition as “severe”.

Records from Fort Bend Co, obtained via FOIA request, show that after the initial vaccination at time of impound, the cat was never treated again. No observations were recorded at any time. No notation was ever made that he was sick nor did he receive any vet care. He appears to have suffered, nearly to death, for at least 4 days while staff cashed their paychecks.

When outraged animal advocates complained to the county about the needless suffering and death of Gabriel, they all received the same form letter in response. The letter is basically the county patting itself on the back for all its “achievements” at the pound and refers to “marked improvement in the live release rate”, “a veterinarian walk through twice weekly” and donations earmarked for vet care for sick animals. And:

In addition to the improvements noted above, the staff has implemented a new schedule of monitoring all cages and all animals by senior staff three times each day. This is in addition to the usual walk-throughs by staff as they clean and feed the animals. This increased vigilance will assist the staff in identifying illness or other issues that can be promptly dealt with either by shelter staff or the volunteer community through their donations to rescues or 501(c)3 organizations. As always, we also appreciate volunteers and other visitors pointing out concerns as they see them to staff at the shelter at the time of their visit.

I interpret this letter to indicate that senior staff failed to note Gabriel’s desperate condition 3 times a day for at least 4 days. That’s 12 fails right there. Staff failed to note Gabriel’s deterioration every day during feeding and cleaning. More fails. And it seems logical to speculate there would have been at least one vet walk-through during those 4 critical days where no notes were made about Gabriel dying in his cage. Another fail.

But the county appreciates the public “pointing out concerns as they see them to staff” – so they can do nothing, apparently. Well staff did manage one note in the records – to list Gabriel’s condition as “severe” at the time they killed him. Gotta keep that marked improvement in the live release rate. Remember: euthanasia to relieve suffering is a kindness and we can’t blame staff. They’re doing the best they can, we’re all on the same team, blah cetera. I wonder how many other kindnesses Fort Bend Co has doled out to pets whose conditions are listed as “severe”.

(Thank you Elizabeth and Taylor for information in this post.)

Detroit Animal Control Being Sued by Everybody

Warning:  There are disturbing images at the links.

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ACO Brittany Roberts has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Detroit Animal Control after she says she was fired in September for advocating for the animals in the facility.  Ms. Roberts says she saw seriously injured pets impounded and left to suffer without vet care until they died.  One dog who had been hit by a car was left in a wheelbarrow at the pound for days.  The wheelbarrow is normally used to transport dead bodies to the freezer.

In interviews with local media, Ms. Roberts said the dogs were never walked and were forced to live in their own waste.  Illness was rampant throughout the facility and she often saw healthy animals become sick very quickly.  Many animals died in their cages from illness or starvation.  Workers would walk around the facility each morning to count the number of animals that had survived the night.  Those still alive would get food thrown onto the feces and urine covered floors of their cages.

Ms. Roberts was appalled at the cruelty she observed but says no one in a position of leadership would listen to her concerns.  After she began documenting the inhumane practices, she was fired.

Among the other allegations made in the lawsuit:

  • Pets were not scanned for microchips.
  • Sick animals were housed with healthy animals.
  • Animals were cramped into cages which were too small for them.
  • A litter of six orphaned pups was impounded and the director refused to release them to rescue or allow another mama dog to nurse them.  They slowly starved to death.
  • A 7 pound dog was hanged in a chokepole by the neck while an ACO carried the pole around the facility.

The whistleblower lawsuit is just one of many currently filed against Detroit Animal Control.  Several owners whose dogs were impounded due to lack of licenses have also filed lawsuits.  The dogs are held at the pound until the owner can produce proof of ownership deemed acceptable by DAC and pay the penalty fees which accrue daily.  One owner says he was visiting from South Carolina when DAC took his dogs away for lack of Michigan licenses.  Another says her two dogs were licensed but she couldn’t produce the documentation to prove it so her dogs were impounded.  Both got sick at DAC and one died.

Then there’s this bit of say whaaaaa:

That brings us back to [pound director] Harry Ward. He also has a dog being held in the shelter. His 6-year-old Mastiff, Peaches, lives in the shelter, but he’s not paying the daily fees.

“It makes you want to do a better job with everybody’s dog, when you know that your dog is here too.” Ward said

Peaches will not be adopted out to a home, and will continue living in her cage. All the while, her food, room, and board is all being paid for by taxpayers.

And if you don’t like them apples, I guess you know, so what.

The city’s response to the lawsuits and allegations was initially uh, hide but when that failed to make the situation go away, they tried announcing that the pound will now super generously allow other groups besides the scammy Michigan Inhumane to pull animals.  So come on down to DAC and grab yerself some sick animals out the wheelbarrow to take to your vet for expensive treatment.  Just remember not to take the director’s dog.  Because she lives there.  Because I don’t know.

(Thanks Clarice for the links.)

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