It starts with Hero, a healthy 10 month old puppy, being impounded by NYC ACC. After 10 days, he caught the URI that all pets there seem to get and was placed on the kill list, where all pets with URIs seem to go. A rescue and an adopter stepped up to save him:
When the rescue called to inquire, they were told an adopter was coming to see him and, if he was not adopted by them, he would then be available for the rescue. While the rescue stood-by waiting, the adopter was making the 3-hour trek to Brooklyn. What they saw when they arrived was “horrifying.” A shelter employee had to carry – yes, CARRY! – poor Hero out to meet the potential adopter. He was so sick he could not stand. The adopter was obviously shaken by the sight yet still wanted to help Hero. She asked to adopt him and bring him straight to a vet. Anyone could plainly see that Hero was DYING. This is the part that blows our minds… the shelter REFUSED to release him because there was no vet there to give Hero his rabies vaccine– a vaccine which is actually contraindicated (and rendered ineffective due to high body temp) in sick animals. Even though he was on death’s door, they said the adopter had to drive an additional 3-hours the following day and that poor Hero would have to lie in a cage, DYING, for another night… another night without much-needed medical care.
We all know how this story ends. Hero is dead. He died in his cage while waiting for someone, ANYONE, to save him.
Well done to all those keeping the machine that delivers suffering and death to animals in NYC pounds well-oiled. The Mayor’s Alliance and Maddie’s Fund will no doubt be delighted that Hero died in his cage while the irresponsible public tried to save him since he won’t be listed in the KILLED category, making their numbers look sparkly. Add Best Friends to that list since, yay NYC, “well on its way” to being no kill blah.
There is a petition asking that an investigation be opened into Hero’s death.
If you are in NYC, please attend the next NYC ACC Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, June 28th:
125 Worth Street
2nd floor Auditorium
10 AM to 11 AM