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About five hours after she was featured as “Pet of the Day” on a Raleigh TV news program, Sassy, an 8-month-old Lab mix, was euthanized by the Wake County Animal Center.
Sassy appeared on WRAL’s noon news Tuesday.
She was euthanized Tuesday at 5:30.
Wake County Deputy Manager Joe Durham released a statement several hours later saying that “it was a mistake” for Sassy to have appeared on TV as an adoptable dog.
“Sassy appeared to be healthy when she left the center. That evening, a kennel technician reported Sassy was demonstrating a ‘honking cough and green nasal discharge,’” he said. “At that time, Sassy was identified as a dog that needed to be euthanized, based on her demonstrated symptoms.”
Animal Shelter Director Dennis McMichael, who started the job Monday, was scheduled to do an interview with WRAL News Wednesday to talk about Sassy’s death, but later canceled it, the station said.
Shelter volunteers told WRAL News that at least one caller saw Sassy on TV and wanted to adopt her. “She was such a great dog and very adoptable, and it’s just sad that this is her outcome,” said volunteer Julie Powers.
Sassy, a Labrador/hound mix, appeared to be in good health Tuesday afternoon when she appeared on the news program with a shelter staff member who pronounced her immediately available.
“She’s already spayed. We went ahead and did it earlier, so we can go ahead and send her home today,” the staff member said.
The county-run shelter also posted Sassy’s TV appearance on its Facebook page:
“Check out Miss Sassy on WRAL! She is sweet as sugar and all ready to go.”
Since the dog’s death was made public, the Wake County Animal Center — which has come under criticism in recent months for its soaring kill rate — has seen its Facebook page inundated with angry comments.
In January, the Wake County animal center euthanized 131 dogs, or about 18 percent of those brought in. By August, it euthanized 327 dogs, or nearly 42 percent of the intake.
“I don’t understand how Sassy … can be ‘Pet of the Day’ on WRAL at noon and then dead by suppertime,” said Hope Hancock, executive director of the Wake County SPCA, which also operates a shelter in Raleigh.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 9th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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Operated by the animal control department, the county shelter makes little or no effort to adopt out animals, according to critics.
And last month, the dogs it had euthanized and dumped at a landfill near Boonville included one that was still alive.
So they took it back to the shelter — and killed it.
“Shelter” probably isn’t even the right word. It’s more like death row. The shelter’s kill rate is 90 percent, and unless an owner comes to reclaim a pet, or the local humane society pulls one out, most dogs end up being euthanized.
Or, as one TV report innocuously put it in the case of the landfill dog, he was taken back to the shelter and “given more medicine.”
The County Health Department told 14 News it’s common procedure for euthanized dogs to be dumped into landfills, but that discarding a live dog was an unfortunate mistake.
According to Change.org, two people saw animal control officers dumping plastic bags at the landfill. Then they saw one bag start to move, and heard a panting sound come from inside it.
When they brought it to the attention of the animal control employees, one of the officers said, “Guess we’re taking this one back.” Without opening the bag, they tossed it in the back of the truck.
The county says the department’s two animal control officers apparently failed to confirm the dog was dead before taking it to the dump. Both employees have been reprimanded.
Officials say it was an isolated event, but criticism of the county-run shelter is mounting.
Residents voiced numerous concerns to the Warrick County Commission on Monday night, according to another 14 News report.
Said one resident, ”Any time you try to go out there, nobody is there when you call. You leave message after message so you can set up an appointment and it makes it very difficult to adopt animals from there.”
County Commission Board President Don Williams defended the animal control officers saying they had a heavy workload, and blamed residents of Warrick County for neglecting their animals.
A petition demanding changes at the shelter — critics say it makes no effort to place adoptable animals on pet adoption websites, rarely answers its phone, and makes it difficult for visitors to view animals in its care — can be found at Change.org.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 7th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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