NYC Pound Fail

Oh NYC ACC, you rascal you.

Screengrab from Facebook. (click to enlarge)
Screengrab from Facebook. (click to enlarge)

Here is the text (replete with misspellings/typos) from the FB post by Urgent Part 2 – Urgent Death Row Dogs

SUPER URGENT 4/9/13
Manhattan Center

CHEWY – A0961371
*** POSSIBLE SPINAL INJURY; NEEDS TO LEAVE ASAP ***

MALE, CREAM / SILVER, LHASA APSO MIX, 5 yrs
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD
Reason STRAY
Intake condition NONE Intake Date 04/06/2013, From NY 10028, DueOut Date 04/09/2013, I came in with Group/Litter #K13-133014.

Medical Behavior Evaluation No Initial Behavior
Medical Summary
No Initial Exam

MEDICAL
4/9 Re-exam:
Brought to medical by ACO this early morning
with reports of not moving
QARH, MM- pink
OD- hyperemic conjunctivea
pink mm
unable to use hindlimbs, no fx palpated, painful on palpation of thoracolumbar spine, rear legs have deep pain
reports that *the dog was on top cage of Ward B, may be the dog jumb/fall dawn on floor
dog was given 0.8cc of Hydromorphone IM, 0.5cc of Dexamethasone IM, early in the morning
A: parareresis rear legs r/o- IVDD vs other
P: methacarbamol 100mg/ml 3cc IV
rec rads , NH placement
Rx- tramadol 1 tab po bid
cage rest

4/9 Observation:
Brought to medical by ACO Walton this early morning
with reports of not moving
QAR
redness of eyes
T102.5F
HR 110/min
pink mm
unable to use hindlimbs, no fx palpated
pain elicitd on thoracic and lumber area
*the dog was on top cage of Ward B, may be the dog jumb/fall dawn on floor and get hurt
spoke to Dr Stewart and explained
Dr Rec 0.8cc of Hydromorphone IM, 0.5cc of Dexamethasone IM, monitor in medical and follow up vet check.
nosf

4/7 Initial: GREEN
Scan negative
BARH
Mild dental tartar
Rt mandibular K9 chipped
Neutered
Nosf

It “may be” that the staff at NYC ACC took in a healthy dog and then allowed him to take such an extreme fall that it damaged his spine and rendered him unable to use his hind legs.  But they don’t know for sure.  Either way, I guess they should fast-track him to the kill list.  Because the NYC pound is just awesome like that.

(Thank Susan for the link.)

18 thoughts on “NYC Pound Fail

  1. It *might* have been in the top cage and it *might* have jumped or fallen? Way to not take responsibility there. Gee, I can’t imagine how that could have possibly happened,,,, Let’s not take the dog to an actual vet when we can kill it instead.

    Ugh.

  2. This really grates on me. How is it that if a private citizen injured their dog, even accidentally, and then did not get it proper medical care, they are guilty of cruelty…but if a shelter does it (and no, tossing some pain meds at a dog is not proper medical care), it’s all okey-dokey?

    And never mind that whomever allowed the dog to be injured probably won’t even get a talking to about it, because hey, what difference does it make if you’re going to kill them all anyway, right?

    1. Ditto – my thoughts also…. and I have some even more thoughts – could this have happened at the end of a choke pole slam? but yes if any of us had this happen and we let it go, it would be instant cruelty charges… poor dog, if only they could speak… you know, i am getting so sick of the pet killing industry with the mentality of cruelty that they function under….

  3. I’m not sure that I get the huge outrage on this one. This could have been an accident. It’s possible they put the dog in a top cage, someone went to open the door, the dog rushed the front of the cage and fell out. He only has to fall a little wrong to cause a spinal injury. And they are treating the dog appropriately–with pain medication and anti-inflammatories. Without an MRI, it’s impossible to say whether spinal surgery is even appropriate. I’ve worked in veterinary surgery and when we get owners who can’t afford 3K for the MRI and 8K for the spinal surgery, they usually opt for euthanasia. This kind of surgery cannot be done by a general practitioner, it must be done by a surgeon trained to do it.

    It’s easy to say “Well, they shouldn’t have put the dog in a top cage”, but you know, hindsight is 20-20. And I am quoting California prices, but I can’t imagine prices are much cheaper in NY. Anyone out there have 10K to donate to treat this dog?

    1. I am not outraged that someone isn’t spending $10k to treat this dog. Here’s what deeply concerns me:

      The dog was healthy upon admittance and 3 days later can’t move his hind legs. No one is taking responsibility for how this happened. Either someone saw the dog fall or they didn’t – if they did, they need to step up and tell the truth. If they didn’t, why come up with this “maybe” scenario? Is it to cover up something more sinister? Neither you not anyone else knows what it will cost to treat this dog since he hasn’t received a work up. Maybe it will be $10k like you suggest. Maybe it will be some other number. But the dog deserves a workup so that a plea can be issued. Putting the dog on the kill list is not sheltering.

      1. And to place this dog in the “new (no) hope” category for something that is not his fault? This is a neutered dog, he could very well belong to someone…. AND the description of what happened is just too weird. While he had a good behaviour rating to begin with, i know a little about Lhasa’s – they were bred to be temple guard dogs— ill treat a Lhasa and you have a dog who will fight! I visualize all sorts of ill treatment that can happen in these killing hell holes. end of choke pole slam? who knows? but he does not deserve to die for human irresponsiblity… and this pound certain appears to have that label – wait i am sorry, only us who are public can be labeled like that. Do they not have cameras in this hell hole that might show the secret of what happened to little Chewy? FOIA?

      2. I’m trying to imagine what kind of “responsibility” scenario you want to take place here. A shelter worker admits the dog jumped out of the cage, or rushed him and tried to bite him, and when he stepped back the dog fell? Then what? Fire the shelter worker? So what you are objecting to is the wording of the report?

        And then we have people making up scenarios like a “choke pole slam”. To be slammed hard enough that way to damage the middle of his back, this dog would more likely have a broken neck. And, no, a simple xray is not going to tell much on a dog with deep pain–a regular xray of the spine would only reveal gross abnormalities, of which this dog obviously does not have.

        Yes, I am curious as to what happened to this dog, too, and it would be better if the shelter was more forthcoming with an explanation. However, they are treating the dog appropriately now, and instead of instantly killing the dog, they are at least treating it in hopes an owner or rescue steps up to care for it.

        While I think you do a great job with this blog, I’m worried that you are falling into the trap that many advocates fall into–you are starting to see evil everywhere. Being outraged over the killing of 3 dozen horses is important. Being outraged that a shelter would rather kill a healthy or treatable dog rather than send it to rescue is important. The fact that a senior journalist at Audubon has called for the mass slaughter of free roaming cats in a major US newspaper is more than worthy of outrage. But this? Not so much.

      3. I’m not sure that I understand your complaint but if it’s that you don’t agree with everything I post on the blog, welcome to blogworld, where not everyone who reads agrees with everything said.

        As far as the objection to what’s happened and happening to this dog, I believe it is self-evident to most people. In your case it wasn’t, so I laid it on in my previous response to you. Beyond that, I have nothing to add. No point in repeating myself.

      4. And there being a “maybe, maybe not but probably someone saw something but we aren’t saying because we don’t want that person to admit what he or she saw or didn’t see” story is problematic. Is this the worst case of shelter abuse ever? No. But it isn’t a shining example of anyone owning up to what they saw or did or did not see or do, either. The dog didn’t open its cage and fall or jump out all by itself. There must have been a human present.

    2. Step 1: Own up to whatever happened to the dog. It sounds extremely suspicious for no one to have reported “this dog fell out/jumped out of its cage”, but there is a story that it *might* have? Come on.

      Step 2: Do a thorough exam and take an x-ray of the dog’s spine. Something might show up, something might not. Go from there.

      1. Seems to me that the shelter is responsible for the damage to the dog and should be responsible for the mending of the dog.
        If the owner shows up for him why should he be responsible for the medical bill? If they kill him then it won’t cost them and they can tell the owner opps sorry.

  4. Bottom line is that this dog came in healthy and is now not healthy. Personal accountability? Transparency? What will not happen to this pup?

    1. Right. If he fell and it was an honest mistake (“oops, I thought I had closed that cage door securely”) then admit responsibility and do right by the dog by helping him recover from the mistake that was made by your staff. If there is some other story, say so. Regardless, the dog has a right to veterinary care and a right to live.

  5. See, you are all making my point for me. No, a human does not have to have been involved for this to have been an accident, he could have simply popped the door open himself if it wasn’t *really* secure and fallen out. Yes, this dog *has* received veterinary care (hydromorphone and tramadol are powerful class 3 narcotics that can only be prescribed with someone with the appropriate license–ie: a veterinarian). Methocarbamol is a powerful muscle relaxant, and dexamethasone is an anti-inflammatory steroid. The dog is receiving conservative but appropriate veterinary care short of an extremely expensive myelogram, MRI, and hemilaminectomy. Conservative care is frequently tried before opting for more expensive surgery even in private practice with owners ready to treat their dog. This dog is not being treated inappropriately.

    http://www.webvet.com/main/2010/11/03/back-problems-dogs

    http://vetmed.illinois.edu/petcolumns/petcols_article_page.php?OLDPETCOLID=428

    Yet, everyone here would rather be outraged because the record does not specifically name someone who “caused” this injury, and because the shelter didn’t immediately jump into thousands of dollars worth of veterinary management. Look, this place may be a horrible, horrible place, but this particular incident is not proof of that. IME the majority of shelter workers, while often burned out and frequently a little overly pragmatic, do genuinely care about animals and would not deliberately injure a dog. The shelter does not even know if this dog has an owner.

    So, I have a question for you. This injury could just as easily happened at home when the dog fell or jumped off the couch or bed, or even jumping for a ball. Say the owner brings the dog in for treatment and says they can’t afford the 7-10K it would take to do a myelogram and laminectomy, so the vet treats the dog in the exact manner described above and sends the dog home. Is the owner committing abuse, and would you recommend removing the dog from the home and forcing them to pay for surgery?

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