When we think of an animal shelter we like to think that lost, forgotten or abandoned animals will go there as a safe haven to be cared for until they can be re-homed or fostered.
However this is not always true. Hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are killed every year because no one wants them. They arrive at these shelters in droves, excited to be off the streets or out of a neglectful abusive environment only to have their joy and hopes dashed when it turns out their safe haven is nothing but a killing field.
Case in point, a male dog, possibly a Pit Bull mix named Huck lost his home when his own family became homeless. They were heartbroken to have to give him up to the Douglas County, Georgia Animal Control. Huck was a sweet affectionate dog who got along well with cats and loved children. A wonderful family pet for any person willing to take him in.
Many people, saddened by his story offered to foster him. Also, a rescue group made arrangements to pick him up on a designated date. But poor Huck never got a second chance at life. Before the rescue could get him, Douglas County Animal Control killed Huck.
There is no clear cut reason as to why they killed a perfectly good dog that had a rescue on the way to pick him up. Was it miscommunication? Or was it just impatience? No matter what the excuse there is no excuse. A beatiful dog is dead, never to have another chance at a happy life here on this earth.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Last year there was an uproar in Orange County, Florida when a dog who was set to be rescued was also killed "by accident." Unfortunately, death by accident cannot bring anyone back to life. In Rowan County, a puppy was gassed to death when he to had a rescue on the way. The poor pup had a hard enough life and was emaciated when he was brought in. He too lost his second chance at life and was gassed by the very people that should have been looking out for his well being.
It needs to stop. How long are citizens of this country going to put up with this behavior from people who work in shelters who are paid with our tax money?
Take a stand for dogs like Huck. Visit your local animal control shelters and find out how they work, how many pets are adopted out successfully and how many are killed each year. Ask questions, get involved and make your voices heard. Huck, like all dogs and cats cannot speak for themselves, cannot call for help.
You are their voice.
" If we not do something to help these creatures, we make a mockery of the whole concept of justice."