When a concerned citizen in Missouri saw a dog dangling out the rear window of an animal control van on the freeway, she snapped a photo and contacted the local news. KSDK ran the story, asking viewers for help in identifying the van. Viewer tips led to the city of Pine Lawn where a reporter located the animal control van in the photo. Pine Lawn Director of Communications Lou Thimes, Jr. told KSDK the city is investigating itself in determining how the dog came to have her head and forelegs hanging out the window.
The city says transporting a dog without a crate would be against its protocol. In fact, Pine Lawn says it has a commitment to protecting animals. And we did find crates in the back of the van parked behind City Hall.
“One can probably make the assumption that anytime you put an animal in a vehicle that has a cage, you should probably put that animal in the cage,” said Thimes.
The dog was reportedly left in good health at the St. Louis County Animal Care and Control shelter. The shelter’s website indicates St. Louis Co kills pets but no statistics are posted. The dog is reportedly on a stray hold.
Interesting sidenote: Prior to airing the original story, KSDK contacted the St. Louis Co shelter to ask about the photo. All the shelter apparently told the news station was that the van wasn’t theirs.
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)
9 thoughts on “Missouri Reporter Tracks Down Dog Seen Hanging Out Animal Control Van”
Poor thing was trying to escape. My God. Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:05:17 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lets hope this dog get returned to it’s owner
Nice denial. Not our van, nope. Are we going to reprimand the ACO who risked this dog’s life like this?
Hey, if it’s not their van, probably not their ACO either, which by deduction it’s not their dog. Glad the “irresponsible public” once again went to bat for the animals.
There need to be consequences for this bad behavior. I’m tired of denials that don’t bring consequences! The law needs to get tough on these idiots!
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Let’s demand consequences! If they continue to get away with it, there is no reason to stop!
Just deny everything and all is well!
LISCENSE PLATE SHOULD REVEAL TRUTH. HARSHER ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWSS HAVE TO BE ENFORCED WORLDWIDE. ANIMAL CARE WORKERS REALLY NEED TO BE ASSESSED MORE THOUROUGLY NEED TO BE A CERTAIN BREED. NOT JUST ANYONE.