A beloved family dog named Rosco got lost last month in Colbert Co, AL. Owners Mary and Keith Bullington began looking for him immediately, including bringing his photo to the local pound to inquire about him. Colbert Co pound staff told the Bullingtons that they didn’t have Rosco and had not seen him. Staff did not scan Rosco’s photo or take a lost dog report.
The next day, the Bullington’s son saw Rosco’s picture on the pound’s Facebook page and alerted his parents. The owners again visited the pound and told the staff Rosco was there because his photo was posted on Facebook and they wanted to take him home. Instead of being given their pet, the Bullingtons got the runaround from staff for a full hour. One worker got upset, saying she couldn’t talk to them right now and left. Another told them Rosco had been placed in a foster home. The Bullingtons refused to give up and finally pound supervisor Richie Michael showed up. Mr. Michael told them their dog had been killed less than 24 hours after impound:
“He never said I’m sorry that was the wrong thing to do, we apologize, he just never apologized, he never admitted they did anything wrong,” Keith said.
A TV news reporter spoke with Mr. Michael who admitted the pound was in violation of state law when Rosco was killed before the required 7 day holding period expired. He said it was a mistake and the shelter will investigate itself in the matter. Oh and they are starting a lost and found log book, now.
Goodbye Rosco. I’m sorry the very system intended to shelter you in your time of need failed you in the most violent and horrific way possible. I’m sorry no one at the Colbert Co pound could be bothered to do their jobs or tell the truth. And I’m sorry that they are apparently going to be allowed to sweep the whole thing under the rug. Local taxpayers need to demand better of the Colbert Co pound.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)