They screwed up, but you hear storys like that from every shelter. I would never have left the dog there to begin with and would have called the cops right there. Someone should and will get fired or resign,i'd hope anyway:(
in my state too...im not actually suprised..our pound is the same...only most of the time we have no hours to visit...so if you loose one...you cant get in to see if it is there...sad...but i know it happens all over...
I'd just like to point out that the owner of the dog had some responsibility here. The law made a distinction between "licensed" and "unlicensed" dogs. If that dog had a license, or had been wearing a tag, would it have been treated differently? The story seems to say that a licensed dog would have had three more days than this dog was given.
Why wasn't the dog licensed? How did the dog get out? Could the man have left a message to see if his dog was there? Did he not live in that city? The story has many holes.
I recently arrived home to find my front door open. One of my cats was on a neighbor's front yard, another on my porch and the big dog was standing in doorway. I got everyone back inside and began to look for my white miniature Schnauzer, Mickey.
It turns out that an hour before I got home, a Good Samaritan had picked her up two blocks from my house and taken her to the Humane Society. She was not wearing tags nor was she chipped, so they took her in as a stray.
I called that evening and left a message describing her and giving my name and phone. They called me the next day and arranged for me to come get her. It cost me $55 to get her back, because they require a $40 fee to process a lost dog and a city ordinance requires the dog to be chipped, which cost $15.
I was very very lucky to get her back. She now wears her Avid tag, a metal tag with her name and my phone and address and a capsule with a note inside that details her name, breed, age and the name and phone of her vet.
yes he does have some fault his fault was that his dog did get out. but he did not kill his dog. and he did not licnese his dog (which with all the breed banning goning on, i do not blame him) the man then did the next right thing, and went to go get his dog. which was still breathing, explained his situation and then was lied to. i think the lesson he learned does not have to be told to him again. And i think saying something like that is like kicking a man when he is down. The shelter acted unprofessional and neglegent. his dog getting out was mistake. it has happened to me. if i went to go get my dog and it was there and they said go home and get this paper and the dog is yours and i did exactly as told and i came back my dog was dead. i would be absoultely livid.
what i dont understand is, if it was the end of the day and the dog was set to be put down the following morning, why not let the guy have the dog wether he was the owner or not ? why make him have to "prove" it was his. they should have just let him have the dog. at least it would still be alive , whether he owned the dog or not !
Because I rescued Mickey from a public park instead of going through a breeder or a shelter, I also did not have "proof" that she was my dog.
My Humane Society took me back to see her and then called my vet to confirm that I owned a dog of her description.
Couldn't that shelter have done the same thing?
I wasn't trying to say that the shelter did the right thing--they didn't. I'll bet that the clerk who dealt with the owner never told the rest of the staff that an owner was looking into claiming that dog. No one likes to put healthy companion animals down.
I think that this is a tragic story. If you lose your dog and it ends up in a shelter, I would insist that a manager be called, your vet be called and a note put on the dog's cage delaying the euthanization.
Okay this is beyond ridiculous. When someone comes in a in anyway makes claim for a animal at a shelter or whatever it is noted. Not just that but they would have told the man that he needs to quickly verify, blahblah, because if not the dog is scheduled to be put to sleep the next day. Let me tell you something...Their is going to be a lawsuit out of this and the guy is going to win. Jobs are going to be lost at that place. But let me tell you something...if I would have went there and found my dog, first off I would have never left without him regardless of what they said. But if by some chance I couldn't get him and when I came back they had killed him...I would have called the police and told them someones been injured, because I would have seriously harmed who ever was across the counter from me.