Last Saturday, a rumor of a planned mass killing of dogs at the Chester Co pound in SC began circulating on Facebook. The county denies that any mass kill was ever going to take place. That same day, the county fired the pound’s director and will not say why.
Rescuers began showing up to pull dogs, fearing a mass kill. They allege the pound was filthy and overcrowded because “the previous director was not euthanizing enough animals or adopting enough of them out”.
Not killing enough. The article indicates the pound killed roughly 1/3 of the pets in its care last year.
A rescuer named Janet Richardson offered the following:
“Their hearts go out, and they’re thinking with their hearts, but in the end that’s not what’s best for the animals,” Richardson said.
What’s best for the animals is that they are well cared for until they are adopted out. Period. Thinking with one’s heart is not necessarily a bad thing. A compassionate director is part of the No Kill Equation.
Interim Director Mary Anne Tolbert worked at the shelter for several years and has just come back to take over operations. She said it was too hard for the staff there to put animals down. A lot of them were kept in the shelter much longer than they should have been.
“You want people in animal control who love animals for one thing, but sometimes, you get attached,” she said.
Again, a feeling of being attached to the animals in your care is not a bad thing if you work at an animal shelter. And needlessly killing friendly pets should be hard – for any human being.
“We’re all here for the same reason,” [Tolbert] said. “We should work together.”
Are we? I’m not so sure after reading this article. I “think” with my heart and love animals and get attached to strays. I believe every shelter pet has a right to live and should be well cared for until adopted. I’m here for no kill. What are you here for?