Shelter in Shambles? Uh, Hide.

It must be in the Pet Killing Facility Manual because so many of them seem to do it.  Instead of owning their actions and taking responsibility for the work they are paid to do, too many shelter directors rely on secrecy to keep the abuse and killing from prying public eyes.

In Detroit, currently in the news for filing bankruptcy, all but one of the Animal Control trucks are reportedly parked behind the shelter collecting dust.  The company contracted to pick up the pets killed at the facility hasn’t been paid in so long, it ceased services to the city.   There are reportedly hundreds of dead pets piled up inside Detroit AC, hidden from public view.  And:

It’s unclear if there are enough workers to properly determine what dogs might be suited to turn over to the Michigan Humane Society for adoption.

Detroit AC has zero pets listed on its Petfinder page.  As far as dogs possibly not being sent to Michigan Humane, that is not a bad thing in and of itself since MHS is just another pet killing facility that implements every secrecy protocol in the book manual.  The city’s mayor hearts the idea:

A spokesman for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said Animal Control workers are under strict order not to talk to reporters.

Although the local ABC affiliate received some anonymous tips from insiders, the threat against workers not to speak out publicly and tell the truth about what’s happening at Detroit AC is apparently working, for now.  The fact that the pound falls under the police department probably emboldens those making the threat.

When pressed for a response by the local news regarding AC, the police department issued a vague there-was-a-meeting-and-a-report-so-everything-is-fine statement.  You know what the top two signs are that everything is not fine at your animal shelter?  Placing a gag order on your employees and hiding the mountain of bodies.

(Thank you Arlene for the link.)

14 thoughts on “Shelter in Shambles? Uh, Hide.

  1. Detroit is a city in shambles. Sending any animals to Michigan “Humane” would likely be a death sentence for most of them. My guess is these animals have a better chance of survival on the streets.

  2. Given that the city just declared bankruptcy, I’d be shocked if any government office or function was operating properly or with adequate funding.

    1. Call me crazy but if my city was bankrupt, I think I’d be adopting out all these pets instead of killing them and not listing them online for adoption. I mean, even if I only adopted them for $1 each, that would be a little income, as opposed to an overwhelming pile of bodies I’d have to hide from the local TV news and eventually pay someone to take.

      1. I don’t disagree but given the bankruptcy I would not be surprised if decisions like that have been taken out of the shelter’s hands. Which is not to say that things would be different if the city government were still functioning (although the bodies would likely not be there).

      2. Geez, wouldn’t that make sense? But you know, then the hoarders and dog fighters would get them all anyway. Sad all the way around . . .

  3. It makes since that the Michigan Humane society should be taking these animals. I wonder why they are not.

    1. This is posted on the MI “Humane” Society web site.

      “Many cities within the metro Detroit area provide animal control services. To report a stray dog, please call your local animal control office or police department. If you find and begin to house a stray animal, Michigan law requires that you report it to the police department of the city in which you are holding the animal within 48 hours.”

      Most of the animals at animal control are strays and there are allegedly 50,00 strays in Detroit. Detroit Dog Rescue hopes to build a no kill shelter.

    2. Michigan Humane is a HIGH-KILL facility with its own problems. Those animals would likely have ended up dead there, too. They only adopt out what they consider “adoptable” animals and their standards make it so that most of them are NOT “adoptable”. When I questioned someone about this, I was told that they aren’t going to keep animals alive just to raise the numbers. They could do much better and if you look at their PR, you’d think they were no-kill. No such luck.

  4. It’s so consistent, there *does* seem to be a manual somewhere.

    Or is it just that incompetence and cruelty tend to appear in vaguely the same size and shape wherever you may find them?

    Either way, it’s not acceptable. Shelter reform. Now.

  5. Detroit Dog Rescue posted on their Facebook page that there is a protest at the facility to let people know what’s happening. If anyone is local and can go, please go. If not, share the word. The best way to prevent this from happening is to move it into the bright light of truth.

  6. I understand that the paid employees (taxpayer, of course), have ordered the volunteers of our local animal control facility not to speak about anything that goes on there, unless it is favorable. However, in the last couple of years, there was a brave volunteer who spoke out about a dog that was executed within 20 minutes of being brought in for adoption. Since then, Hell had literally been raised over there, with firings and reorganization. However, there is still a lot of hostility over there when the public visits. There are still secretes. People must speak out, mostly the volunteers. volunteers are the heroes of the ones who can’t speak for themselves…

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