I went to the shelter yesterday, here in Southeast Kansas. It was pitiful, almost like a doggy prison.. it broke my heart. For a few seconds, I just stood in awe.. these poor animals were in cages, swimming in their own urine and feces... the smell was horrible.
Now, i've always been taught to respect my elders, but yes.. sometimes there is an exception to every rule. There was a.. what I estimated to be, 60 year old woman working the place this day. I stomped to the front counter and demanded to know if she planned on cleaning these dogs and their cages anytime soon.. she responded.. "That only gets done on Mondays." This made me ill. These were all big dogs, labs.. rotties.. shepard mixes. They craved attention so bad, I made the lady take a few out... (as many as I had time for) so I could give them some attention.
After about 2 hours of canoodling with the bigger mixes, I walked through another door.. (by now the lady is clearly getting upset) Before I go any further let me say, I wanted to take one of the rotties or labs so bad.. just to get them away from there. Unfortunately, I live in an apartment.. this would not be a wise idea, not to mention I have an 8 week old puppy as well.. not knowing the dogs situations and past living arrangements, this wouldn't have been a good idea.
After going through this door, I was greated by about 30 small cages... about the size of the box a microwave comes in, when you buy them brandnew. They all stuck their noses out of the wire cages, begging to attention. There were schnauzer mixed, bulldog mixes and pom mixes. Right as I reached the other side of the room, I looked to the left to see a small 1 1/2 year old fawn female chihuahua.. her cage was filthy, her water was empty and she was shaken. She had no bedding in her cage, just one sheet of newspaper. I opened the cage door, and she was so scared.. I picked her up only to notice this poor puppy had been fixed, and her incision was infected. I picked the puppy up and fully intended to bring her home with me. I took her to the front desk.. (It clearly states outside the door of this place "All dogs 40 dollar adoption fee."
I pull out my wallet, and my 50 dollar bill and slapped it on the desk... I told her I didn't need my change, that this dog needed vet care and that's where I had intended on going. I got 2 steps away from here, before she threatened to call the police. She stated to me "That dog is 100 dollars, it's a chihuahua." I didn't have 100 dollars on me, I had just paid bills. Unfortunately, I had to leave her... her name was Ping Ping, she was beautiful.
I don't understand this... even in a SHELTER, they hold crazy price tags on dogs.. that somebody has just thrown away. It has killed me all day.. her little face. Oh, how I wanted her. If ANYBODY is looking for a chihuahua.. I ask you please get this one out of that nasty place.
S.E.K Humane Society 485 E. 560th Ave. Pittsburg KS 66762 Phone: (620) 232-1840 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mon-Sat 11:00AM - 4:00PM and Sun 1:00PM - 4:00PM (central standard time)
Please ask about the little female Chihuahua named Ping Ping.. take a look at all the dogs as well, they clearly need saving.
(Mods, I hope you don't find this as a form of advertising.. this puppy really needs out of this situation. Her spirit is clearly broken.)
***Edited By: halosfire on 11/19/2005 10:54:39 PM*** Reason: Typo.
Yes, basset... this lady told me "The cages are only cleaned on Mondays, or later depending when the work shows up."... it was really awful. These cages were the wire type, about 6-7 feet tall and no bigger than a small bathroom. Some of these cages had 5 dogs in them. All of them had at least 3. Like I stated before... these were big energetic dogs. They were trampling in their own waste, jumping on each other... some were eating it, because there was no food in their cages. I highly intend on reporting this to animal cruelty. Aren't these shelters supposed to be BETTER THAN THE STREET? I'd rather live on a deserted highway, instead of in that hell hole..
Halos fire, My heart is aching.... that chi is yours. I just lost my job and money is really tight or I'd send you the other 50. :( I can't believe that shelter, that poor sick puppy needs a vet and meds so the infection can heal. :( Sometimes I wonder, do these shelters want to find dogs homes or not???
If you can't help one of the dogs by adopting her/him, perhaps you could help all of the dogs by volunteering at the shelter. I'm sure that's the last place you want to go right now, but if you volunteered there, you could clean out the cages yourself and thus guarantee that the dogs had a higher quality of life. Your experience there must have been terrible, but perhaps it's a sign. Somebody needs to step in to help those animals. Maybe the right person to do so is you.
Awful story. I'm only 14 years old, but since I was a little girl, I've always wanted to be a veterinarian. When I get that job, I promise you that I will do whatever it takes to make sure that that shelter gets more people to work for it, proper veterinarians to fix dogs properly, and to also make sure that those dogs get as much attention as if they were at home. It's really disgusting and unhealthy to have urine and waste just dragging around all day for 1 week or more in a cage where there's more than one dog living in it. I'll make sure that that woman gets fired because if that shelter was near my home, that woman would already be fired! I mean, that woman is sitting in her chair and reading magazines all day, while the dogs, with nothing to eat are choking on crapp! I bet that they even lick their urine off the floor because they have no water to drink; disgusting! I hope you realize how unhealthy that those dogs must be, drinking and eating waste 24/7. I promise, I'll try to do as much as I can...
Halo - I posted this morning, but got an error 500 message, whatever that is, and now I see it still hasn't shown up. I have to run some errands, but when I get back I promise to post my message again. I have some ideas, that may work.
Take pictures. There is no law against taking pictures at the pound. The place is open to the public. The woman is probably too lazy to stand up and show you around. She will never know you took pictures.
Ok, I posted a message early this morning, a lengthy one at that and the website must have eaten it. I got an error message and it never did show up.
I wanted to mention that you should get the media involved. I don't know your area, but if there are any television stations contact them, also call all the newspapers, including any state editions. Call the radio stations.
Start emailing your state senators, representatives, governors office. Get ahold of the USDA, the local vets offices, get in contact with anyone that may be able to help correct this situation.
Also, contact your local sheriff's department and ask if they have a work crew from the jail available. Many jails will allow their trustees to do community work to help pay for their room and board.
Our local jail has a group that is well supervised, from the time they leave the jail, until they go back. They perform yard duties at senior citizens houses, do work in the parks and recreation areas. They also feed, water and clean the animals at the County run shelter every weekend, when the regular employees are off work.
There may be a group at your local jail that can perform the duties that are not being done now. If your shelter is run by volunteers, get involved in not only helping at the shelter, but also, getting the word out that volunteers are needed. Again, use the media for these services.
Good luck, sorry my other post didn't appear this morning. Hope I covered all I wanted to, if not, I will be back.
Thats so sad.I have never seen a shelter like that before. Our shelters has at least 50 dogs in it and they are all fed science diet and fully vetted and fixed.I rarely go in there and find a dog with a mess in its cage,they are cleaned out hourly.My shelter probably has more volunteers and employees than yours does.