Dusty Devil Dale Posted January 29 Share Posted January 29 (edited) A too-true encounter. On her way home one afternoon, a friend's wife, Shelly, found a beautiful adult Husky walking along the roadside, approaching and surveying passing cars like a lost dog. She stopped and climbed out, greeted the dog, opened the rear door of the pickup and the dog jumped in. She took it home, fed it and gave it a bath. It was a neutered male, but wore no collar or tags, although the fur was creased, appearing to have recently worn a collar. Shelly was sure it was somebody's pet. She kept it indoors and found it affectionate, playfull with her daughter, and fairly well-trained. It slept obediently at the foot of their bed. She posted signs around their area, trying to locate the dog's owners, but had no luck after a week. A neighbor suggested if the dog was neutered, it probably had an ID chip inserted behind one ear. At that point Shelly hated to give up her new friend, but she did "the right thing" and took the dog to the local City-funded SPCA shelter to see if they could read a chip and locate the owner. If not (or if the owner no longer wanted the dog), Shelly and her family wanted to adopt it. The staff took the leashed Husky to another room and came back shortly saying the dog was too aggressive. They were unable to check it for a chip. It hadn't tried to attack or bite anyone, but it was not wearing rabies or license tags, and it had growled at the staff when approached. In disbelief, Shelly asked if she could go in to try to calm the dog down. To her shock, they refused to allow her in the room. Further they said their policies require that they not handle, vaccinate or release an aggressive animal back to anyone, or allow anyone to adopt and license the dog, "until and unless" their 'Animal Behavioral Specialist Team' determined that it could be safely allowed to leave the secure facility. If they determined that the dog was too aggressive for adoption, it would be euthanized after 24 hours. Shelly was devastated. She demanded to be allowed to show them that the dog was non-aggressive. The facility Director (a quintessential bureaucrat) was called, and Shelly was directed to leave the facility. Her husband made over a dozen calls to the facility, to several State Legislators, City Council members, the City Mayor, and to a local radio station personality who has an obvious affinity for dogs and cats. He immediately broadcast the situation, trying to bring public pressure to the City and SPCA Director to at least let Shelly demonstrate that the dog was non-aggressive. The facility Director made no statements and did not respond to the radio station or legislator inquiries. All of Shelly's efforts were to no avail. The lovable dog was promptly euthanized after being held 24 hours. At no point before or after its death did anyone check for an ownership chip. Bottom line, if you find a lost animal, do NOT EVER take it to the SPCA or City "Shelter" to get its chip read. Instead, call a veterinarian and/or find someone else who can look for and read an ownership chip-- or just give the dog a good home. Edited January 29 by Dusty Devil Dale 1 12 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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