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Humane Society of New Braunfels kills chipped dog

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The Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area is a high kill shelter located in the Hill Country of Texas. In 2013, they killed 37 per cent of the dogs who crossed their threshold and 81 percent of the cats. Some of those statistics may represent animals you knew and loved. Here is the story of one dog who was killed by the Humane Society. Ranger's family has not forgiven or forgotten.

I received an e-mail from Keith Roberts who told me about his beloved Ranger:

"About three years ago, my black mouth cur, Ranger, was picked up in my home town of Marion, Texas a couple of days after New Year's Eve. He got scared of the fireworks my neighbors were popping and jumped our chain link fence.

We reported Ranger missing to every shelter we thought would pick him up, not knowing the city of Marion contracted with the Humane Society of New Braunfels. We posted pictures around town and everything. That Thursday I ran into a woman who told me she had called and had my dog picked up. He had apparently lost his ID tag. I called Marion Animal Control and they put me in touch with the Humane Society of New Braunfels.

To my relief the Humane Society told me they had a dog fitting that description. But the next thing they said was that they had put Ranger down. I informed them that I had had Ranger microchipped when I was in the Navy in Virginia. I knew his information was up-to-date and the chip in place, because he had been scanned within the last six months.

Humane Society staff told me that it was the dog catcher's responsibility to scan and not the shelter's responsibility. I called Marion again and got the dog catcher's name and confronted him. He told me it was the shelter's responsibility.

I called New Braunfels back and now the story was they had tried both scanners and neither one could find a chip. At this point I was furious. I asked why he was put down and I was told it was because he was an older dog and that because of his breed he was deemed unadoptable . They said he was considered vicious because, in their opinion, most people use black mouth curs for hog hunting. [You can see how vicious Ranger was from the photo of him with his kitty friend which accompanies this article. -ed.]

I then went in person to the Humane Society of New Braunfels, where I was given the run around. I showed them a picture of Ranger. He had a small growth on his butt. Now they said this was not the black mouth cur they had killed. The young woman at the desk took me back to check just to make sure Ranger was not there and I noted very unsanitary conditions. Ranger spent his last days in a terrible place. It should be called the Inhumane Society."

Ranger was, of course, never seen again. It is unusual that Ranger's family got to view the back area of the shelter. It is off-limits to the public.

Only animals the Humane Society deems adoptable are on display. Animals they decide are not adoptable, perhaps because of their breed, are kept away from the public and no photos are published. (This is the same facility that literally keeps animals in the dark to save electricity.)

If your big goofy Lab is not adoptable, perhaps because they have too many Labs, you will not get a chance to see your dog. No photo will be posted online. If you visit in person, you will have to describe your dog and someone on staff will go look to see if a dog of that description is in the back.

As you might imagine the residents served by the Humane Society of New Braunfels are unhappy with that service. A new FaceBook page promoting No Kill for New Braunfels was created this month. It already has more fans than the page for the Humane Society.

There is also a website: "No-Kill New Braunfels" If Austin can be NO KILL, New Braunfels can be NO KILL

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