Smith County Animal Control in Tyler, Texas chose to euthanize seven lab mix puppies Wednesday instead of allowing a rescue group time to tag them. Many would like to know why the county worker would not allow an extra 30 minutes or more for arrangements to be made to save their lives. Apparently AARF Houston is not the first group to encounter this problem with the county refusing to give extensions. Most shelters will allow extensions of time for rescue groups to finalize arrangements to spare animals from a death sentence. That does not appear to be the case with Smith County.
An AARF volunteer wrote Wednesday, “We found out early this morning of a litter of 7 pups at Smith County AC in Tyler, TX. We were asked to bring these pups into our rescue. The pups had to be tagged by 10:30 am. I called at 10:31 am and let them know we were in the process of lining up a foster (approved) and transportation from Tyler, TX to Houston, TX. The lady there told me I had less than 1/2 hour to make it happen! NO EXTENSION at all. I had one of our directors call 15 minutes later to try and get our 501(c)(3) paperwork in to start the tagging process. The same lady told her that we had to have the name of the person that was going to pick them up and all arrangements, NO EXTENSION. I cannot believe they would rather PTS 7 puppies than give us 1 hour to try and find transportation! She said that the doctor had to be called and once that happened, that was it. So there are 7 puppies that could possibly have been saved, but are now being put to sleep.”
Rest in peace precious little babies. Many people tried very hard to rescue you but were not able to make the strict deadlines set forth by the county to save your lives. This was a sad day for a total of 13 animals that did not get rescued from this facility. Saving Animals from Euthanasia in Texas and many others tried their best to get these animals out. This is a heartbreaking part of rescue: they can’t all be saved. Most rescues are full and desperately need fosters to provide a temporary home for these animals until they can be adopted. Fortunately Saving Animals from Euthanasia in Texas have helped and continue to save countless others successfully. Today there are five new puppies at this facility that need rescue so volunteers are working diligently to find a rescue group for them. Please click here to see those puppies that need to be tagged by Monday. Please click here to see all the animals in need at this facility.
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