The long troubled Chicago pound is again in the news – and not in the Good News column. An article in the Chicago Sun-Times states that Chance, a stray dog at the pound who was slated for rescue, was killed because “a city employee neglected to put the dog on a do-not-kill list.” Oops.
Pro tip: If you are an animal shelter, ALL THE ANIMALS are on the do-not-kill list.
In addition, another pound employee recently strangled a dog to death on a chokepole as he was being impounded. The pound’s director adds in the usual element of mystery in explaining away the dog’s killing:
Sandra Alfred, executive director of Animal Care, said “we don’t know exactly how” that dog died but added that “the staff could have acted more appropriately than they did.”
The dog could have had terminal cancer and his time on this earth happened to expire at the moment he was being strangled at the pound. That totally could have happened.
The employee who strangled the dog could receive a “severe” suspension of 20 days or more. Possibly. Unless, you know, cancer.
A donor committed to giving $2 million to the Chicago pound for renovations complained to city officials after Chance’s oops-killing. Maybe that will get the attention of someone who makes policy at the pound. Because obviously needless pet torture and killing won’t.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)