Family says dog put down too hastily By Aaron Drawhorn KRIS 6 News May 7, 2005
A family is upset with the city animal shelter, saying the staff didn't give their pet dog enough time to live before euthanizing it.
The dog, a 13-year-old black chow mix named Chibi, wandered away from home April 9. The family said they reported the dog missing immediately, put up fliers and checked the city's missing pet Web site.
An animal control officer picked up the dog in a field off Ennis Joslin Road April 10, noting that it was snake-bitten and "just an old sick dog," according to his log.
Under shelter policy, staffers normally wait for at least three days before an animal is put down. During that time, they try to find the pet's owner. But Chibi was euthanized April 11, the day after she was picked up.
"She had three days to be in that kennel. They didn't even give her 24 hours," said Donna Ortega, whose mother owned the dog and was close to the pet. "She was just a very intelligent dog, very loving and very loyal."
The family said they are upset Chibi was not examined by a vet before she was put to sleep.
"Maybe they feel they did her a favor. I don't know. But they didn't do me a favor," Ortega said.
Jaime Luna, kennel master with Animal Care Services, said the shelter had no choice but to put down Chibi because the animal was in pain. Its eyes were sealed shut, it would not move, and discharge was coming from its nose, according to the shelter.
"It had absolutely no identification on it at all, and that limits us even more as to what we can do with an animal that's picked up that's suffering," Luna said.
That is sad :( Maybe the dog could have been suffering so much that they didn't think he would last 3 days? I dunno. That is the only thing that would make sense. I don't see why they would do it that quick otherwise...
I think it is sad, but this is another "didn't watch there dog" story. if the dog got hit by a car it would have been the family' fault. morale i am responsible for my pets life and care, not the pound. That sucks for the dog, i really do not feel sorry the people. this was totally avoidable. I think the pound was human and did what was right by the animal. the family i understand is also upset and this is hard for them. i have a hard time believeing the pound is out there just putting dogs down for the hell of it.
Well, I would have more compassion for the owners had the dog had SOME sort of identification. That is blatant irresponsibility. Dogs getting loose, I have to say, the one time accidents DO occur for MOST dog owners, even those of us who consider themselves extremely responsible owners.
Extenuating (totally sp, i think) circumstances led to Dook getting away from the house once, and I went mad for the 45 minutes it took to find him. Luckily, I live on a cul de sac, and luckily he came running to me when my screams got within earshot of him. Point is, I can't agree that they were bad owners that the dog got loose, it may have been the same kind of situation I was in.
BUT had the dog had tags, with a phone number, or a chip, or both, the situation would not have ended tragically for that poor pup.
what abous the ladies comment "you may have done the dog a favor, but you didn't do me a favor" since when does animal control do people favors. it's called animal control. not do owners a favor. I think if the dog was in the state animal control claims, i would hope they would put my dog down, so he wouldn't suffer. I think this is just someone who is either really upset and not thinking clearly or just looking for something to complain about.
It is awful, especially for the dog. Now, let me throw another twist into this story.
This local pound is currently being sued for putting someones 2 pits to sleep. There was no violence or agression what so ever. These were beautiful dogs. Yes, I know the owner.
They got out of the fence and did have tags, but they didn't wait the three days and by the time he found them they had been pts.
I am just wondering if this is a problem with the pound or if these two cases are totally unrelated.
There is somewhat of a personal vendetta against one of the "dog catchers" and the person whose pits were put down. I figured as awful as that was it was because of the two people involved. Now I wonder if they do this more than we know.
It scares the hell out of me because even though my dogs are indoors, you never know. They do have tags on at all time, but still, how scary.
Then on the other hand we have dogs running loose and strays all over this city that they can't manage to pick up.
There was a VERY LARGE snake in my front yard one time and I called them to come get it. The elementary school bus lets out right in front of my house and it scared me. I stood out there waiting for them and watching out for the kids for 3 1/2 hours and they never showed up.
About 2 more hours later they came and wanted to know where it went. Well, I couldn't very well stand out there all day long. We have some very poisonous snakes in the area where I live. Rattlers and water moccassins, etc and you would think that would get their attention.
Does that change anyone's opinion or do you think that these are two unrelated events? I really can't decide. My friend is going to court in a couple of weeks. The real irony here is that my friend works for the humane society, the no kill shelter!
I dont know in the persons case that you described Gina..But I know that in my county that the Animal Control has done some strange things in the past..and it wasnt until some one exposed it that it all came to light. I dont have my fingers in that pot, so to speak, any more..and dont want to either really...but I do know many quesitonable things can and do go on...Good luck to your friend
Hi! First I just want to say I am so sorry! That is so sad! I think it is wrong to put a dog to sleep with out trying to locate the owner first but what is worse then that is they didn't even have a vet look at the dog. That is terrible. I would do what ever is legally possible to the animal shelter. All animal shelters are supposed to have the animals vet checked and an animal control officer is not a vet. I do think the owner should have at least had a collar on the dog but that still doesn't meen the animal shelter was right. In my opinion the owners should sue the animal shelter. If that shelter is that careless they shouldn't be running it. That is my opinion. Good Bye! PJ.
Hi Gina, I think you have a very scary local animal control. The chows owners do share the responsiblity of why thier animal met a untimely end, particularly if it was already dying of a snake bite. On the other hand if I was a dog owner in that county I would get my dogs micro chipped. My dogs are already microchipped. At the vet it cost $35-45 per dog-- cheaper if you can buy direct from Avid and do-it-yourself (be warned its a large hollow needle injected between the shoulder blades). I have heard that becoming 'lost' is the number one killer of pet and companion animals.
in the first case, i dont think they would have put the dog down unless they felt it was truly suffering. and again, if the owners had such concern for their dog,it would have had i.d.tags, tattoo or microchip, period. in the second incidence, i dont feel "sueing" is the right answer. you would not be hurting the people at all ,but the shelter animals would suffer from it. shelters depend largely on donations. food,money ,vet care, etc. they are not a money making business, but they are a non-profit organizations. so in taking money from them you are taking away from the countless homeless animals that come through their doors. i would NEVER be responsible for denying these poor animals anything ! if the owners want to "go after" anyone ,it should be the "individual" that was responsible for the dogs being put down !
Unfortunantly this sounds like something that would happen in my area. Animal control is different from a shelter. At least here. Right now we don't have an actual animal shelter, just a pound where the employees are paid by the city. I can't even go over there, the conditions are so horrible. This is a sad story, but I've met some of the animal control officers here and if the ones where you live Gina are anything like ours they're not there for the animals they are there for a paycheck.
What a horrible situation. It sounds like the dog was suffering and needed immediate attention. If the dog had been properly tagged this might not have happened. I don't know what the laws are on what the city animal control can do as far as vet care, especially a case so severe. I feel for the people who lost their pet, but they should have had them tagged. I just joined a group that's trying to get an animal shelter started here. We've got a long way to go, but we're making progress. Right now all of our rescues go to foster homes. And we're doing fund raisers every month to raise money for a building. Anyway, we're hoping to make a bad situation for the animals here better and hopefully prevent things like this from happening. I don't know if there is a group there like this that you could get involved with Gina. If not and you're interested I'd be glad to get more information from our president on how they got started and all. I just joined recently so I'm still learning what all its going to take to get this shelter up and running.
Gingerspice, I am beginning to wonder if we live somewhat near each other. That is exactly how our animal shelter is. They pick up dogs, supposedly keep them for 3 days, and if they aren't picked up by the owner or adopted they are pts. End of story. We do have a couple of no kill shelters here and I do donate my time and money there as often as possible. I feel for the animals at the city pound, but I have no feeling for the humans that work there. They have proven over and over again they are in it for the paycheck like you said.
I do understand about the chow mix, especially if it was bitten by a snake and had no id. However in the case of my friend's dogs they did have id and had only gotten over a six foot fence, don't ask me how, the very day they were pts. Here he is working at the humane society, helping animals to get adopted out and they are putting his down without so much as a phone call.
This backwards place where I live is crazy. A few vets do microchipping, but the city does not even own the scanner, or whatever you call it, to check for one. The humane society still uses the tatooing, which is at least visible, but I have no confort in the fact that if my dogs did somehow get out they would bother to look if they picked them up.
I agree with who ever said about sueing the city may harm the animals in the long run. However, I certainly see my friend's side too. You have the guy who picked them up, knowing who they belonged to, then you have whoever put them down on the same day, and then you have the city which has it's 3 day notice posted but didn't follow it. What do you do? The conditions in this place are absolutely terrible. They don't do vet checks or anything. I adopted a cocker spaniel there many years ago and he died within a few weeks of parvo. Their answer to me was, well you want us to give you another dog? Of course not. I will never step foot in there again. At least at the humane society or one of the smaller shelters you know the dogs will be checked, treated if necessary and found a good home. They will keep them indefinately. This is what I choose to support.
Gina- I live in Del Rio, Tx. I think I saw in one of your posts you live in south texas. Where are you from? Our city is pretty much the same with microchips. The pound doesn't even own a scanner and neither do the local vets. We need a new vet desparately. Wish I could fix everything in this world. It's so sad what happened to your friends dogs.
It's sad to think people charged with taking care of animals would do these things, but after all I've been hearing lately and with the link above I'm sorry to think that this is more prevanlent than I would have thought.