A dog in very rough shape came into the Coweta Co Animal Control shelter in GA last week. He had 4 broken legs and was suffering from tetanus which rendered him immobile. Unable to even open his mouth, he could not eat or drink.
AC described him as being 15 years old, uninjured and dying. Upon rescue, he was taken to a vet who determined he was more like 6 years old, quite obviously injured, and suffering. The dog was euthanized.
Where was the shelter vet during all of this? I have no idea. Did the shelter vet even glance at this dog, from a distance perhaps? When a dog in this condition comes into a shelter and is left to suffer, untreated while the shelter vet collects his/her paycheck from taxpayers, I’m inclined to think a crime has been committed. But I’m not an attorney. I’m just a regular person who cares about pets. As such, I feel I can make a judgment on what I would have done if I worked at this shelter.
Let’s assume the worst: I try to notify the shelter vet of this dog’s urgent need for treatment but whatever the reason, I’m unsuccessful. I appeal to my supervisor to get this dog help but again, no results. It’s almost 5 o’clock and I have an extremely important appointment at 5:30 that I can not miss. I’m not a vet, I’m just a staffer, low on the totem pole and short on time. What would I do?
As a human being, I would at least show this dog some gentle physical affection and get him a bed. If my shelter had no dog beds, I would make one out of blankets and towels. If I could find nothing at all to make a bed out of, I would give this dog the uniform shirt off my back and change into my street clothes. Later, after my appointment, I would stop by Goodwill and pick up as many towels/blankets as I could afford and return to the shelter to provide a more appropriate bed.
I do not know the reasons Coweta Co AC allowed this dog to suffer without veterinary care. Maybe they have some explanation, although I’m hard pressed to imagine it. But leaving a paralyzed dog with pressure sores all over his body to lie on the bare concrete floor? Inexcusable. You don’t have to be a vet or a supervisor to know that this dog needs, at minimum, something comfortable to lie on while he waits for meaningful treatment. You only have to be human.
Does Coweta Co AC have any humans on the payroll?