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Maricopa Co: Cruel and Unusual Treatment of a Stray Dog and 10 Puppies

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Screengrab from depicting dog ID #3296167 and her 10 unborn pups at the Maricopa Co pound (click to enlarge).

Maricopa Co ACC in AZ impounded this obviously pregnant dog as a stray on April 22, 2013. Records obtained via FOIA request indicate that four days later the pound’s vet cut out her uterus which contained 10 full term puppies, old enough to survive outside the womb.  These pups had a right to live.  Medical records contain no mention of how the uterus containing the puppies was disposed of nor is there any notation of Fatal Plus being administered to the pups. They were presumably thrown into the trash can to suffocate and die.

Although this poor dog was cruelly subjected to a behavioral evaluation just 3 days after the killing of her pups, she passed. The day after, Maricopa Co noted she was “not kenneling well” and put her on the kill list. This dog had a right to live.  Mercifully the so-called irresponsible public came through to save this dog from additional harm at the pound and she was taken in by a rescue group.

Remind me again how the mistreatment and killing of pets in animal shelters is the public’s fault?

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