The strange saga of the Douglas County pound has taken a dark turn. Cheryl Bohannon’s two dogs escaped her yard recently, were picked up by Douglas Co AC and impounded. Ms. Bohannon called the pound to advise she was on her way to pick up her pets.
Someone at Douglas Co, and it’s not clear from the article whether it was the impounding officer or another person, diagnosed an eye infection in one of the dogs and inexplicably sent both dogs to a local vet’s office. The vet says she forgot to look at the accompanying paperwork for either dog and immediately killed both pets. Oops.
For its part, Douglas Co seems to feel it’s off the hook as far as taking responsibility for the needless killings of these pets, going so far as to announce to the owner upon arrival:
“She says, ‘I’m so sorry, it was not our fault,'” said Bohannon.
I disagree. For starters, it was apparently the county’s call to send both dogs to the vet when only one was in need of treatment. And the vet they sent the dogs to seems to operate in “If it’s from Douglas Co, they must want the pets killed” mode – because that’s exactly what she did.
To not even so much as glance at the paperwork before killing seems negligent. But what’s even more telling to my mind is the fact that these pets, save for a supposed eye problem in one of the dogs, were apparently healthy. Anyone who graduated from vet school should be able to distinguish a medically hopeless and suffering dog in need of euthanasia from a healthy one with even the most cursory of exams – which presumably would be required before any killing. This vet failed to make that distinction on not one but two pets. This underscores my thinking that Douglas Co may routinely send healthy/treatable animals to this vet for killing, often enough that she doesn’t even blink when killing two healthy pets.
The vet offered to give Ms. Bohannon two other dogs.
“I said, ‘You can’t replace the dogs that I lost,” said Bohannon.
We understand. Pets are family. It’s past time Douglas Co started treating them that way.
(Thanks Arlene for the link.)