Kayla Lippert, a potential adopter, her 2 year old son and a volunteer were having a meet and greet with a dog called Happy Feet in the fenced play yard at Manatee Co Animal Services in FL on Monday when things went sour. A shelter employee, who had left the play yard to obtain information for Ms. Lippert, returned and apparently spooked the dog:
“As soon as the dog saw (the employee), his whole demeanor changed. He went into defense mode,” Lippert said. “The dog went to his feet, and the gentleman kicked him. He picked up a chair and waved it at the dog while me and my son were watching.”
The employee says Happy Feet bit his pants, tearing the fabric at the knee, and the kicking and chair waving was done in self-defense. Ms. Lippert says she saw no biting or ripped pants:
“I never saw the dog bite him,” Lippert said. “I saw the dog near his feet, but I never saw a bite. The volunteer was standing on bench asking: ‘Why are you kicking him? Stop kicking him!’ He kept saying, ‘He’s attacking me, he’s attacking me.’”
Manatee Co Animal Services will investigate itself in the matter. Regardless of the results of that investigation, circumstances are decidedly sadder for Happy Feet today. He’s sitting in the
thug quarantine section of the shelter with a sign on his cage indicating he bit a person and is not allowed to have walks. He’ll be held there for 10 days and evaluated. The shelter director says Happy Feet may not be put back on the adoption floor but does not elaborate on what would happen to the dog in that case.
This photo was taken by Ms. Lippert in the play yard before the alleged pants incident:
Hopefully this isn’t the last time Happy Feet ever sees the sun.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)