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Follow up to killing of hound named 'Daisy'


On Monday, the story of a senior hound named "Daisy" was shared with the readers of the National Dog News column, and the response about her death sparked a great deal of outrage.

Daisy was at a municipal animal control facility in Columbia, S.C., where she was taken in as a stray. Daisy was in poor condition, with multiple wounds on her body, in addition to being underweight.

Despite her dismal condition, a rescue agency committed to take her in, but the dog was euthanized before the rescue agency was able to pull her from the facility.

Following the publication of the article, Marli Drum, the superintendent of the Columbia Animal Services facility, where Daisy was impounded, requested that the animal control's side of the situation be shared as well.

On Wednesday morning, Drum issued an official statement about Daisy's demise.

Drum acknowledged that there were rescues expressing interest in Daisy on Feb. 18, and that by Feb. 20, they received confirmation that a rescue agency in Florida would be taking her in; the pick up date was designated as Feb. 22.

Drum described what took place the next day:

Feb.21: At 11:03 a.m., sadly it was brought to my attention that Daisy had taken a turn for the worse. We informed HEART that Daisy was not getting out of her bed, just picking at her food and defecating all over (which included in her bed). She was also showing signs of upper respiratory problems. We would not be able to do any of the requested vetting work for transport due to her condition, though we still planned to let Daisy get adopted at this point.

Feb.21: At 11:22 a.m., I sent a follow up e-mail after discussing Daisy with our
veterinarian. He had looked at her again and said he suspected cancer among a variety
of other issues. He felt she was terminal.

She further stated:

Feb.21: At 11:58 a.m., I sent another e-mail informing our rescue partner that the dog’s
condition had deteriorated to the point that euthanasia was believed to be the most
humane thing to do at that point. I expressed our disappointment that this had to be
done. I asked that they please inform the rescue group who had committed and to
please consider helping another dog since we could no longer help this particular one.

Deloris Mungo, President of Pawmetto Lifeline, the agency which was coordinating the rescue efforts between the municipal facility and the rescue agency, submitted an official response to Drum's statement:

While the shelter that held Daisy may believe they did all they could for her, we believe a phone call to our organization prior to euthanasia was the appropriate step.

Our organization had private citizens that donated more than $1500 toward her medical care and there were many rescue organizations, including a sanctuary that was prepared to give her end-of-life hospice care if needed.

I also think it is impossible to say that Daisy was doomed to die and no human could save her since the municipal shelter does not have the diagnostic equipment to determine Daisy’s diagnosis and prognosis.

There is no doubt in my mind that if our staff had been notified, they would have gone directly to the shelter and taken Daisy either to our medical clinic or a private clinic for care.

We commend the shelter for the steps they did take, but we believe an additional step should have been taken in order to give her a chance at life.

We realize municipal shelters have limited budgets which impact their ability to provide certain medical services, but when the community steps forward to help, the municipal shelter should access that care even if they believe the animal is in a critical or a terminal state.

The purpose of Daisy’ story is to advocate for life and encourage all shelters across the country to give these homeless pets a chance when resources are readily available.

Jay Cannaday, founder of the London Sanctuary, which had committed to provide Daisy with hospice care for the remainder of her days, has stated that he is outraged and heartbroken by her death.

Prior story about Daisy here.

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