A rescue group had committed to saving a pregnant dog called Rosie at the Sumter Co pound in Florida this week. But pound staff killed her because of a clerical error. She was supposed to be on the save list but got put on the kill list instead. Oops:
A mistake was made by a very good employee,” Sumter County Public Works director Richard Baier said.
Gee, I hope they don’t have any really super good employees there.
It’s wrong to kill healthy/treatable dogs. That right there should have been the staff’s first clue that a mistake was being made when Rosie was walked into the kill room. It’s also wrong to kill pregnant dogs, causing their unborn pups to suffocate inside the mother’s belly. That would have been a second clue for the staff that Rosie should not be killed. But apparently staff at Sumter Co are accustomed to killing healthy pets, including pregnant dogs, and no one even hesitated when killing Rosie.
This is the problem. It’s why we need systemic shelter reform in this country.
Rosie’s would-be rescuer shared her heartbreak on Facebook. The county says it will institute a system of cross-checking in order to minimize oops-killings in future. I guess this is where we’re supposed to be all yay.
(Thanks to everyone who sent me this story.)