The city of Steelville, MO has closed its pound. Ten dogs, one of them pregnant, were rescued from the pound by a group called Wayside Waifs yesterday:
Staff at Wayside Waifs said they were contacted by the Steelville shelter last week. Underfunded and lacking the ability to care for its animals, the shelter asked Wayside to take its current animals and give its leadership a chance to regroup.
The leadership? That would be the police department.
The leadership has apparently been neglecting the animals at the pound for a very long time. Rescuers found the dogs standing in their own waste in pens without any beds, blankets or toys. One dog’s collar was embedded in his skin. The dogs have reportedly been living at the pound for at least a year.
The facility was shut down due to sanitary and structural issues. A renovation project at the shelter will start next week. It’s not clear whether the shelter will face sanctions.
Let me guess – the police department will investigate itself in the matter? And the same legal standards will be rigorously applied to the actions of those who left these dogs to suffer as would be applied to a private citizen? Oh let’s just fast forward and get to the no charges/no indictment part. But yeah, renovations to the building will fix everything totally.
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)