One Dog Dead, Two Others Injured as Adopter Selects a Pet

Montgomery Co in Texas is investigating itself to determine how one of its off duty sheriff’s deputies visited the county shelter to adopt a dog and ended up allegedly beating three dogs with a two-by-four in the back before having his adoption processed out front.  (You probably want to go back and re-read that so I’ll pause for a moment here.)

The Courier of Montgomery Co reports that on Saturday, the MCSO deputy and his family were in the shelter’s exercise area with three dogs, including a friendly male pitbull mix named Rock who was reportedly a staff favorite.  There was apparently no shelter staff supervising the family.  Not saying the guy got special treatment because he was a sheriff’s deputy but, unless the staff is totally lax with everyone who comes to visit, it seems like a possibility.

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Rock at the Montgomery Co Animal Shelter, as shown on the Courier website.

When the three dogs started fighting, the deputy allegedly picked up a board and began beating the dogs.  Rock apparently got it in the head and was left with neurological damage so severe that he had to be euthanized.  The other two dogs are described as “seriously injured” but the county won’t say what their status is.  They’re probably fine, you know.

After the bloodshed, the deputy apparently went up front and got the adoption paperwork processed and took home his new pet.  Not saying the guy got special treatment because he was a sheriff’s deputy but, unless shelter policy states adopters can’t be denied for any reason including leaving a trail of blood from the exercise area to the adoption desk, it seems like a possibility.

Shelter director Dr. Todd Hayden told the Courier he didn’t know why three dogs were in the exercise area together, where the two-by-four came from or who Rock was.  And:

“We are working with the DA and the dog is going to Texas A&M tomorrow (Monday) for a necropsy.”

Right. Because maybe Rock had heartworms or hookworms or earthworms or any other possible thing that his death could be pinned on besides having his skull cracked by a sheriff’s deputy. Not saying the guy is getting special treatment because he is a sheriff’s deputy – well, actually.

As far as how the guy’s adoption was processed and he was given a dog to take home, Hayden offered this:

He said the front desk personnel was unaware of the situation unfolding at the back of the shelter.

Gee, maybe they need to institute an Adopter Carnage Alert system to take care of this little loophole.  Or at least a quick visual inspection to determine the adopter isn’t covered in flecks of gray matter and blood.

Anyway, don’t criticize.  Until the stupid public spays and neuters their pets, I guess we just have to accept.  I can’t wait to find out that Rock had Jelly Head Syndrome or a bum ticker or whatever cause of death that will not be attributable to being Negan’d with a two-by-four.

(Thanks Clarice.)

Weekend Jade

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Me and My Shadow

Open Thread

Post anything animal related in the comments, anytime.  New Open Threads are posted weekly.

miniaturedog

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Name That Animal

This is just for fun and the only rule is:  no researching.  Post your best, worst and most mediocre guesses in the comments.  Reading other people’s answers before posting your own is why we are doomed optional.  Answer will be posted in the comments tonight.

nta

Treats on the Internets

Two days in a row!  So treatsy!

Tyler Kelly, a former marine who relies on his dog Thor for emotional support in coping with his PTSD, says King George Co AC in Virginia told him death was the only option for his beloved pet after the dog was accused of killing a neighbor’s chickens and attacking a calf.  He’s hoping to save Thor’s life:

“If they do put him down, they’re going to be killing a part of me too,” Kelly said.

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The AVMA is among those who filed an amicus brief in support of a boarding kennel being sued by dog owners who allege the company’s negligence resulted in the death of their dog Lola, who had been adopted from a shelter  The owners are seeking to recover the $67,000 they paid to vets trying to save Lola:

In its brief, the company summed up its view of Lola like this: She was free, she never generated revenue, and the [owners] didn’t do anything that increased her value to the public.

“The mixed-breed dachshund had no special training or unique characteristics,” the kennel argued, “other than that of ‘family dog.’”

Shame on the AVMA and all the other supporters of this company who make a living off the fact that pets are valuable family members which cause their people to shell out money for their care.  The Supreme Court of Georgia is considering the case.

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A Mississippi man was caught on video dragging his dog behind his pickup truck. He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor cruelty charge and will not serve any jail time. The dog survived and is recovering at a veterinary clinic.

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A SC man who allegedly shot his two dogs then fled the state has been arrested in Arkansas.  One dog survived the shooting.  The other, who was tied to a tree, died.

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What if you know your dog doesn’t like to be hugged but you can’t always stop yourself from doing it anyway, even when you try sooooo hard? (Asking for a friend)

Treats on the Internets

Intake and killing are both down at Anchorage ACC in Alaska.  In 2005, the shelter took in roughly 9300 animals and killed 34% of them.  In 2015, they took in less than 4500 animals and killed 15%.  The cages are mostly empty now.  My question:  if most of the cages are empty, why are they killing 15% of their animals?

Shelter dogs labeled, and often mis-labeled, as pitbulls were found in a recent study to face longer stays before being adopted and were more likely to be killed.

Stay with me here:  A vet in GA was using an outdated, second-hand hyperbaric chamber to administer oxygen treatment to an arthritic dog named Casanova.  He placed a battery operated fan, which the manufacturer says should never under any circumstances be placed inside the chamber, inside the chamber.  Something, probably the fan which should never under any circumstances have been there, caused a spark and ignited the oxygen.  The chamber exploded and Casanova was killed.  The owner and her 4 year old son, who were waiting in the next room for Casanova, expected an apology or at least a phone call from the vet.  Instead, the vet told the owner Casanova must have started the fire.  (Thanks Clarice for the link.)

Researchers find, among other things, differences between the way women and men play with their dogs.  (Thanks Claire.)

Good news and bad news about unicorns.

I would watch an action movie about this octopus.

Marketing Shelter Pets: My Name is

Shelter pets need names.  A shelter pet with a name (accompanied by a fabulous photo!) comes across as an individual with a personality – not an unwanted, caged animal being held for killing.  Pets with names are a little more appealing to adopters and it doesn’t cost anything to give them this small benefit.  One thing they don’t need: names that make a negative impression.

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Screengrab from Petfinder

 

It can be a challenge for shelter staff and volunteers to come up with marketable names, especially after they’ve already named 500 cats and 600 dogs.  What suggestions can readers offer for where to look for good names for shelter pets?

Weekend Jade

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Windy walk.

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merle haggard

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Person County’s Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

At its most recent state inspection in December 2015, the very suckish Person Co pound in NC reportedly had just 32 animals in its 71 cage facility.  Previous inspections reveal similar numbers.  That would seem to be a problem in a pound that kills animals.  But the statistics posted on the Person Co website indicate that in the first quarter of 2016, they have killed just 6% of dogs and 2% of cats:

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Screengrab from the Person Co website.

They also have a detailed breakdown of intakes and outcomes on the site:

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Screengrab from the Person Co website.

 

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Screengrab from the Person Co website.

So I’m noticing the pound has a fairly impressive laundry list of Reasons Dogs and Cats Must Die. If you’re lost and we know who your owner is but your owner doesn’t come by to get you, you must die. If you are unpredictable, we can not have your loony ass running around town dropping random zaniness on unsuspecting folks trying to do their shopping and such so, you must die. If we are out of space, which we are never even close to but some numbers need to be put into this category because otherwise it gets lonely, you must die.  And if your adoption time has expired, you must die – because obviously dogs and cats are freshest on the first day and you really don’t want them going moldy out there on the adoption floor.

Anyhoo, I see they’ve taken in 223 cats so far this year and they’ve killed 9 of them for REASON plus 107 more for REASON plus another 44 for REASON plus – heeeeey, hold up one pancake flipping second.  Oh my Math.  They are lying about their kill rates.  And not just for cats.  And not just for 2016.

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Alice at the Medina Co SPCA, who has an opinion on your stats. (Photo by Casey Post.)

Person Co’s kill rate for cats for the first quarter of 2016 is actually about 77%.  But you know, 77% is right next to 2% on the keyboard so.  They’ve killed roughly 30% of their dogs so far this year.  Which is like 6% if you times it by 5.  And those kill rates for previous years showing a steady improvement?  Also all lies.

To summarize, the place is mostly empty but they kill for space but it’s only 2% unless you are some kind of math snob and want to go by actual hoity-toity numbers and anyway it’s another year of steady improvement which, while wholly unsupported by the true statistics, is a nice sounding thing and everybody likes nice sounding things so why you gotta hate?  I think I need a refresher assplanation about how, if only I would neuter and microchip my pets, all these lies covering up convenience killing would not be needed.

(Thanks Lisa.)

 

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