Any dog warden would – or should – know that, while most dogs are friendly, there are certain dogs strangers should approach with extra caution in order to determine how reactive the dog may or may not be. Dogs who have been fending for themselves on the streets, dogs on chains and dogs who have just whelped a litter would all be candidates for GO SLOW. This poor dog in KY was in all three categories.
She was a stray who followed a man home one day. He and his wife contacted the dog warden to pick her up and put her on a chain in their yard until the dog warden could come. It sounds like the wife particularly became friendly with the dog and named her Mama. The dog whelped a litter of nine puppies and allowed the wife to hold her babies.
When the dog warden finally showed up, no one was home. The wife had gone to pick up her son. The dog warden says Mama attacked him three times. If she attacked him once, I would think that would be sufficient warning to back off and wait for someone the dog was familiar with to arrive. But it sounds as if he approached the dog repeatedly until it came down to what he describes as a situation where “it was me or her. Bottom line.”
He shot Mama to death. Then he took her 9 babies to the pound where they were killed.
Considering that Mama was on a goddamn chain, I don’t see how it could have been a life threatening situation for the dog warden. Further, I don’t understand what the urgency was in seizing the dog. He took his time getting there, why not wait a little longer until the family arrived home? In fact, the family did come home during the incident but it was too late to save Mama. And finally, why would the 9 pups be killed? Was there any plea made to the public for fosters willing to bottle feed? Was there any effort whatsoever invested in attempting to save 9 or 5 or 3 or even ONE of these puppies? It doesn’t sound like it.
Needless killing of a friendly pet and her nine newborn pups by someone paid by the community to protect pets from harm. The county stands behind the dog warden 100%, in case you were wondering.
At the link, there is a brief video (I am guessing it was taken by the wife as a keepsake) of Mama and her pups. She is absolutely beautiful and being such a good mama dog in the video.