The Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg MS indicates on its website that it killed 67% of the pets in the facility’s care in 2010 and adds:
Unfortunately many animals must be euthanized because of lack of space, resources, and adoptive homes.
This statement needs to be updated to include “because they won’t let a stranger in a pet slaughterhouse open their mouths to look at their teeth”. That appears to be the reason a family dog named JoJo was killed within hours after being picked up by the pound.
JoJo’s owners came home one day last month to find the back gate open and senior Chow Chow JoJo gone. They immediately began searching for her and contacted the pound as soon as it opened. The owners were advised JoJo was there, was in fine shape and they could pick her up the next day. At the time of that call however, JoJo had already been killed by Southern Pines Animal Shelter.
“When I tried to look in it’s mouth to determine it’s age, it wouldn’t let me look at it’s teeth – it was in pain,” said shelter Manager Lara Hudson, who made the decision to euthanize Jojo. Hudson said the dog was in bad shape, that she could not walk on her two back legs, that she was matted, old, and disoriented.
Since this information directly contradicted what they were told on the phone, the owners decided to have a veterinarian perform an autopsy on JoJo. They then took the records to a second vet for another opinion:
[B]oth vets said that Jojo was old, but she was a healthy uninjured dog.
The Southern Pines Animal Shelter responded to the veterinarians’ reports with something along the lines of “So’s ya Mutha”. And then they got in one last zinger:
While the website says Southern Pines will hold an animal for five days – Hudson says, she doesn’t let it suffer. If the animal has a tag or an ID chip with an owner to call, she won’t be the one making the decision.
“Please, have some identification on the animal,” she said.
So you see whose fault it is that the Southern Pines Animal Shelter killed an uninjured dog and then lied about the reason why, right?
“If I make a mistake, I thoroughly apologize, but that’s what I have to do every day, and it’s not fun,” said Hudson.
Look, 6000 pets a year aren’t just going to kill themselves you know. The Southern Pines Animal Shelter “has to” kill all these pets and to make things worse, it’s not even fun!