Two dogs belonging to Yadria Dorantes jumped their fence and were picked up by Beebe Animal Control on March 13. Ms. Dorantes says she contacted AC to reclaim her shar pei/lab mix Muneka and her other dog. Ms. Dorantes says AC told her that because the dogs kept jumping her four foot fence, she would need to put up a taller one before picking them up. AC reportedly gave her two weeks to get the new fence installed. Ms. Dorantes spent $1200 to get the much taller chain link fence put up then took her children to the pound to pick up their pets within the two week time frame, as agreed. Upon arrival, Ms. Dorantes was shown a pile of dead dogs who had been killed at the pound. Muneka’s body was in that pile.
“The guy told me that I could not get the shar pei back because she was really aggressive and that they were going to put her down. I asked ‘are you going to put her down or have you already?’ and he didn’t say anything,” Dorantes said.
Ms. Dorantes is understandably heartbroken and it’s clear in the video interview with the FOX 16 reporter that Muneka was family. The tall fence is shown in that clip as well as a neighbor who says that the dogs were friendly.
The city of Beebe released this statement regarding the killing:
“On or about March 13, 2015, Beebe Animal Control personnel and Beebe City Police personnel responded to a report of “at large” dogs at or around the 600 block of N. Fir in Beebe. Two (2) dogs were impounded on that date; one (1) of the dogs was aggressive and both dogs did not have tags and there was no proof that the dogs had required vaccinations. Animal Control personnel were able to locate the owner of the two (2) dogs and that owner has had multiple dogs impounded by Animal Control on prior occasions. At the time the two (2) dogs were impounded on March 13, the owner was given verbal notice that the dogs were being impounded and the owner responded, “…take them.” On or about March 23, 2015, the aggressive dog was destroyed as authorized by the attached Beebe City Ordinance (6.04.15). Before the aggressive dog was destroyed, the owner made no attempt to seek release of this dog. After the aggressive dog was destroyed, the owner appeared and requested release of the second dog, which was granted on conditions that the dog be tagged and properly vaccinated. The owner has still not complied with those conditions as of the time and date of this press release.”
I guess the typewriter must have run out of ink before they got to the “Sorry for your loss” part. But at least we know the owner is a no-license-no-proof-of-vaccines scumbag who doesn’t care about her pets. It’s exactly these sort of heartless slackers who come up with $1200 on short notice to save their dogs from the pound. The city should totally kill their dog, who no doubt was evaluated by a qualified behaviorist and given every opportunity for behavioral modification in an appropriate setting over a period of months. Also, nice touch with the whole you-can-reclaim-your-beloved-family-member-from-this-pile-of-carcasses. Stay classy.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)