GA – The Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society killed most of its 40 dogs in response to a single case of distemper. Second Chance Animal Rescue in Cairo also killed dozens of dogs due to distemper concerns. The Albany Humane Society however had two confirmed distemper cases and opted to quarantine and treat dogs, euthanizing just one dog so far.
Update on the Fort Worth, Texas veterinarian accused of stealing pets from clients who thought they were being euthanized: The vet claims he did not euthanize one of the dogs because he was “too busy”, and that he’s a hoarder. The vet’s license is currently suspended and his clinic closed. The resident animals have been transferred to another vet hospital. (Thanks Arlene and Clarice for the links.)
GA – The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Animal Control Shelter doesn’t adopt animals to the public, instead relying on rescue groups to get animals out of the pound and into homes. But the pound effectively slowed adoptions to a crawl on February 28 when it placed severe restrictions on rescuers. In 2013, the pound’s kill rate was 60%. Since shutting out rescuers, the kill rate is unknown and the county refuses to tell. (Thanks Clarice for the link.)
TX – A Rains County deputy responding to a burglary call last month shot the family dog, claiming she tried to attack him. A necropsy showed the dog was shot in the back of the head. The deputy has since been fired and charged with animal cruelty. (Thanks to everyone who sent me this story.)
In the aftermath of the botched execution of a prisoner in OK: Drug cocktail in US executions banned from use on animals, says report
Who I want to sound like: The one in the basket. Who I actually sound like: The upside down one on the branch. (Thanks Arlene for the link.)