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.)