Kern Co, CA – On October 8, a dog named Capatcho was impounded by the city of Bakersfield after reportedly biting a neighbor. The dog lacked identification and was listed as a stray upon impound at the Bakersfield Animal Care Center. The owner, Bree Dedmon, went to the facility to identify her dog. She was told Capatcho had to be held for a 10 day rabies quarantine period and that she’d be able to pick him up on October 19.
Ms. Dedmon returned to the pound many times during the quarantine in order to visit with her pet and the staff came to recognize her by face. Ms. Dedmon told a local news outlet that she was “all excited” when she went to pick up Capatcho on October 19. When she arrived at the pound, a staff member told her that Capatcho was “missing”. When the distraught owner pressed the staffer for details, she was told he had been killed one day earlier. Oops.
The dog was put down after the quarantine period, because an owner for Capatcho was never documented by the shelter staff.
Following the notification of death, police were called into the shelter to help staffers with Dedmon, according to one center official.
Yeah, I can imagine how someone might temporarily lose it after being informed her family member was “missing” only to find out that was a lie and in fact, the pet had been oops-killed.
“Until I got Potch, I never understood how people could be so close to their animals,” she said. “I just mainly wanted to get the word out, and for people to know that his life meant something and he meant something to his family.”
We get it Ms. Dedmon. Pets are family. Animal services=family services.
The pound, in typical fashion, told the news outlet that people need to keep their pets on their property and wearing ID tags in order to avoid these kinds of situations. Which sounds like something out of The Sopranos if you think about it. Never have an oops with your pet because if you do, there’s gonna be the kind of oops you’re gonna regret. Oh and the pound also warned the public that quarantine costs more than $200. Stay classy, Bakersfield.
In addition to blaming the owner for the killing, the pound says it’s taking responsibility (I think they have a different definition of that term than the rest of us) and has relocated a staff member. Which means nothing. Until Bakersfield commits to doing its job to shelter animals instead of killing them, nothing will change.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)