Here in the South, we have lotsa Beagles. They are not only popular pets, as they are throughout the U.S., but they are also used in packs for rabbit hunting. As with any group of people, you will find responsible hunters and those who are less so, especially with regard to their Beagles. It is easy to find Beagles roaming the countryside, dead at the side of the road, and awaiting either adoption or death in shelters. I wish I could open a Beagle sanctuary so that hunters who no longer wanted their Beagles could have a safe place to take them.
I don’t know how this West Virginia man takes care of his Beagles (assuming he has more than one), but this particular action was not well thought out:
A man in a pick-up truck can be seen [on surveillance video] pulling up to the shelter gate, before the shelter opens for business.
He can be seen taking a Beagle out of the back of the truck, carrying it around to the front of the truck and then to the chain link fence gate, and dropping the dog over the top.
“In the video, you can see him leaning into the fence and dropping the dog over the fence,” says Pam Ferrell, assistant shelter director.
It’s a long drop, over a 6-foot fence that is then topped with three strands of barbed wire.
The man in the truck then drives away.
OK so that’s a sucky end to whatever human-canine relationship these two had. But we don’t know the circumstances leading up to the nightdrop and, if you feel inclined to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, please do. I can think of several plausible scenarios that would make the guy a loser and just as many where he’d come out all right. That aside, here is the real reason I’d like to have a Beagle sanctuary (it’s not just that there is a need):
Minutes later, the little dog has dug his way out from under the fence, and he runs off down the road, trying to follow the man’s truck.
Even though the dog had been dropped over a high fence, the dusty old male Beagle desperately wanted to be with his owner.
The shelter got him back and mercifully, he wasn’t hit by a car. He’s now available for adoption. If the Beagle Gods decide to toss me some winning lottery numbers, I’ll open that sanctuary tomorrow and adopt him myself. Otherwise, I’ll be hoping someone in WV feels inclined to take on an older guy with a heart so loyal.