The man depicted in a YouTube video abandoning puppies at the Walker Co Humane Society has come forward to take responsibility for his actions. He visited the WCHS and explained that he had found the pups abandoned at his church on a Sunday morning. He took them home for the night and on his way to work late Monday afternoon, brought them to the shelter, which was closed. His friends and family have reacted negatively to his actions and he feels bad about what he did. He made a donation to the shelter.
[Shelter director Lane] Reno said one reason she posted the video of Monday’s incident was to educate the public about how frequently animals are abandoned at the humane society.
Reno said a nighttime drop-off has not worked in the past because incompatible animals were sometimes placed in the same cage and the staff also wants some history on animals that come into their care.
Well sure. It would be ideal if everyone obeyed the law, didn’t abandon pets at shelters (or anywhere) and provided a complete case history when surrendering them. But reality is that people do leave pets at this shelter after hours. Almost daily. And those pets have no safe place to stay.
Certainly drop boxes carry a risk that incompatible animals might be placed in the same cage. But if given a choice between the possibility of that happening and the reality of pets being abandoned daily without safe confinement, I’d choose the drop boxes. And perhaps more than you’ve put out in past, so as to minimize the risk of the cage already holding a pet when another person decides to place a pet inside as well.
“People bring animals by here all the time at all hours of the night. I just don’t want them to do that,” Reno said.
Right – You. Don’t. Want. Them. To. We get it. How’s that working out for you?