Many readers probably remember the story of Major, the German shorthaired pointer who got lost in December in Elgin, OK. When the owner asked the city’s ACO about her dog, he offered up assorted lies, making her suspicious. The owner ultimately went into a pit of dead animals she found at the shelter and discovered the bloody remains of her pet, whose ears were missing. The city closed the pound and put ACO Daniel Linthicum’s contract on hold while the matter was investigated.
This week, there are some updates and ain’t none of them good. Major’s owners took his remains, as well as those of the dog whom Linthicum ultimately claimed had killed Major, to the state university for necropsies:
[D]octors could neither confirm nor deny the actual cause of Major’s death. But, they did determine Major had cancer in both lungs and was in bad health. They also determined the other dog had a whole ear and a piece of an ear in his stomach.
The attacking dog ate the ears? I’m no expert but that doesn’t sound like any dog fight I’ve ever seen.
Linthicum told investigators that when he found Major, he was still alive but barely. He gassed Major and the attacking dog to death using the exhaust from his truck. And if this sounds like some kind of rogue operation, you got that right:
During the investigation, it was discovered that neither the City of Elgin nor [Daniel] Linthicum had a shelter license through the state. A shelter license is required for any place housing 10 or more animals.
But it’s all good:
The findings of the investigation were presented to an assistant district attorney twice, who declined to file charges.
Gassing of animals in some sort of Rube Goldberg device using truck exhaust is horrifying. But to make matters worse, Major was severely compromised, clinging to life and likely gasping for air with cancerous lungs at the time he was gassed making it probable that he suffered even more than the typical victim of such a barbaric killing method would. I don’t know what sort of shape the other dog was in at the time but if a private citizen committed these acts there would be criminal charges.
And despite the city promising it would hire a new ACO, Linthicum is back on the job picking up animals, focusing mainly on wildlife and only handling pets in emergency situations. Because he’s demonstrated he handles those really well.
The next city council meeting in Elgin is February 10. Please for the love of popsicles let someone show up to talk some sense into the asshats paying this guy. There is something so obviously wrong here that Scooby Doo could solve the case all by himself. Taxpayers deserve better. They need to stand up and demand it.
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)