Please forgive me if I ramble as I am distraught over this situation. Hey, at least I’m going back to delete all the swear words before posting.
When we first saw this poor dog being dragged by a noose around the neck at MAS, pissing herself in fear, several readers tried to find out what happened to the dog. Although initial inquiries were ignored and deleted, we ended up receiving a response from Glenn Andrews, the person pictured dragging the dog. He offered to hold the dog, whom he indicated was a female, for adoption by reader Tammy. Since we were unsure if Mr. Andrews was speaking about the same dog as seen in the webcam photos, a caring Memphian volunteered to go to MAS and try to determine whether this was the same dog. That individual was scared by the dog’s fearful and aggressive behavior in the cage. The “Friends” posted on their FB page that the dog was a male and was not adoptable to the public due to aggression and might not even be allowed to go to rescue. Naturally, we were concerned. Tammy asked Mr. Andrews about this and whether she would be allowed to adopt. He replied that yes, Tammy could adopt her. And she was definitely a female.
This was a very confusing situation and I know everyone involved with trying to help this dog was concerned. We arranged to have a behaviorist go in and evaluate the dog and advised Mr. Andrews. Since we couldn’t get a reply from Mr. Andrews on that issue, Tammy called MAS. Mr. Andrews was not in but the woman who answered the phone said the dog was marked for “euthanasia” and as having failed her behavioral evaluation. Since there was no behavioral evaluation performed, this was again confusing. Nevertheless, the worker advised Tammy the behaviorist would be allowed to see the dog provided she was still alive at the time the behaviorist got there.
The behaviorist described the dog as giving “mixed signals” and was unable to perform a full evaluation due to aggression. As such, she did not charge us for her services. She recommended the dog as being “unadoptable” in her opinion. Tammy did not feel she would be able to provide the care needed for this dog. I understand that. I wouldn’t be qualified to take on a dog like this either. So once again, we had to adjust our strategy for helping the dog. Outreach to various rescues in the area had already begun but now our information was different.
This morning however, the rug was pulled out from under us. Tammy advised that she had spoken to Mr. Andrews yesterday and he had provided new information about the dog. In fact, per Tammy’s recollection of her conversation with Mr. Andrews, the dog is feral. MAS ACOs have been watching her for 3 years in a pack of feral dogs. She was born into that pack and has never been socialized to humans.
All the efforts that have been made thus far for this dog have been wasted time because we did not have this critical piece of information. This past week, instead of spending our blood, sweat and tears on trying to get this dog evaluated and rescued, we should have been looking for a sanctuary spot for a feral dog. But we didn’t know that’s what we should have been doing because Mr. Andrews never disclosed that information. The people who volunteered their time to go to MAS to see the dog were actually going to see a feral dog, which we did not tell them because we did not know. And now, she’s slated for killing by MAS and I feel I have no choice but to throw a hail Mary pass in the final seconds of overtime in order to try and save this dog. So here it is:
Does anyone know of a possible sanctuary with an immediate spot available for this feral dog?
I know, it’s a long shot. Believe me, I know. I hate to do it but I don’t know what other options exist at this point. I wrote to Mr. Andrews this morning to try and get clarification from him on this situation. He hasn’t responded as of this posting. If he does, I will update this post.
All of us are trying to help this dog. How could this situation have been allowed to happen? Why weren’t we told this dog was a known feral animal from the outset? Why were we told it would be fine for Tammy to adopt her? Why would a pound that is killing 3 out of every 4 pets who come through its doors undermine a group effort to try and save a dog who otherwise has no advocate?
This poor dog. I am so sorry I failed you. I will keep trying until they take your life but I know there are precious few grains of sand left in the hourglass.