On October 12, a man surrendered his 4 year old Doberman, called Shadow, to The Sumpter Humane Society in GA. Shadow was in good health and described by a shelter worker as “happy”, “energetic” and “very friendly”.
The shelter prepared to kill him.
Mercifully, someone scanned him for a microchip first and found he had been chipped by The Tri-County Humane Society in FL where he’d been adopted from as a pup:
The Sumpter Humane Society in Americus, Ga., called Tri-County to see if it wanted Shadow back. It did.
A rescue railroad trip was organized for Shadow and he was returned to FL. While this article could have contrasted the differences between needlessly killing healthy, friendly dogs and saving them, it is instead riddled with excuses for the killers:
The facility has a 57 percent euthanasia rate this year because of overcrowding, said Laura Powell, rescue coordinator at Sumpter.
“They can’t find place for them to go,” [HelpFourPaws founder Elliot Mintzer] said. “It’s not the director’s fault. The shelters are overcrowded. There’s not enough room.”
Compare that tragic misinformation with this quote from Susan Richards at the Tri-County shelter:
“We protect an animal for the rest of its life,” she said. “We don’t want our dogs euthanized.”
That about says it.