In the hours leading up to Mari’s rescue from MAS, he should have been left alone as much as possible, since MAS knew he was feral and obviously under severe stress in the pound. The “cleaning” practices at MAS, where workers hose down the cage with the dog still inside, are enough to frighten even a well-socialized dog. For Mari, this likely would have created extreme anxiety. And, seeing as the staff at MAS were aware that Ona was coming to pick up the dog first thing on the morning of October 29 and needed MAS staff to put him in the trap for her (see e-mail below), you would think they would have made an effort to reduce the dog’s stress as much as possible, at the very least by leaving him alone. It appears as if the opposite may have happened from looking at the webcam grabs.
From: Ona Cooper
Sent: 10/27/2011 4:52:11 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Feral dog
As requested, here is the information as to who is going to get this dog. Olympic Animal Sanctuary http://olympicanimalsanctuary.org/
Steve Markwell will sign any contract, waiver, etc to get this dog out. Steve is a feral dog rehabilitator and can be reached at [redacted]. As a back up plan, Pets Alive from Middletown, NY has agreed to take this dog too.
I can pick the dog up if your staff will put her in my car. I have a large heavy duty dog trap she will need to be put in.
When the time came to get Mari out of the cage though, none of the trained animal handlers at MAS would help. It was left up to untrained rescuers to try and figure it out.