Nancy Jeanne Smythe allegedly put her healthy 8 year old Shih-Tzu out with the trash yesterday. A garbage collector noticed the dog beneath some trash in the can and took him to Ms. Smythe’s house. She denied the dog was hers but later admitted ownership. ACOs were called to the scene and when they arrived, they found that Ms. Smythe had again put her dog in a trash bag and attempted to hide him beneath some garbage in the bin.
Ms. Smythe has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with the case but authorities will be asking to have the charge upgraded to a felony. Her dog has been taken to a shelter.
Statistically speaking, the Spartanburg Co dog stands a good chance of being put in a trash bag a third time – this time after being killed by the so-called shelter. Of course, there would be no charges brought if that happens.
The county severed ties with the Spartanburg HS last year after SHS made it clear where its priorities stood – not with saving the lives of pets, which it mostly kills, but with the almighty dollar. Astonishingly, the county council is once again considering using the SHS pet killing facility for the community’s stray pets. And executive director Sandy Christiansen is again bringing the crazy:
“There’s nothing to indicate that the county citizens who allow dogs to run loose have changed their behavior, so we predict that there’ll be about 1,000 running loose when the puppy and kitten litters begin producing in the warmer months. That is a public health and safety issue from our standpoint, and we’re willing to work to do what we can to help the situation.”
Because of you bad Spartanburg Co citizens – and make no mistake, you are bad, very bad – there will be 1000 pets running loose in the county this spring. Save us SHS!
But let’s be clear, when Mr. Christiansen says SHS will “help”, he means kill cats and dogs. Because that’s what SHS has historically done – kill roughly 8 out of every 10 pets in its care. And there’s nothing to indicate SHS has changed its behavior.
I hope Spartanburg Co residents will make their voices heard by contacting the county council and speaking for the homeless pets in the community. Putting healthy/treatable pets in the trash is wrong – no matter who does it. Private citizens and public shelters must be held accountable.