An anonymous whistleblower is accusing Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services of killing treatable animals, falsifying their records and turning away strays in need in order to make their numbers look good. (Thank you Clarice for the link.)
The Washington Co Animal Shelter in TN killed 276 cats last month because they had colds. But the director falsely told the local paper the shelter is “no kill” because they don’t kill “healthy, sociable” animals. (Thanks Jan.)
A family dog who was lost on a road trip was picked up by Caddo Animal Services in LA. The owner, who is 8 months pregnant, lives in Houston so a local rescuer offered to drive the dog halfway to reunite the family. But the pound director refused. The owner says she asked multiple times to allow the dog to be released to the rescuer as she was experiencing pre-labor contractions and has another young child to care for but the director yelled and cursed at her in response. She says her mother also called to request release of the dog to the rescuer out of concern for her daughter’s well-being but the director still refused. For his part, the director says he never spoke with the owner and when he spoke with her mother, she “asked and begged and pleaded with us that we give the dog to the actual owner and not release it to a third party”. The owner was forced to drive all the way to the pound in Shreveport to reclaim her pet. (Thanks Clarice and Lisa.)
This article about a feline kidney transplant seems to adopt the posture that the donor cat was found in a shelter and probably would have been killed anyway so it’s fine to harvest him for parts. Plus the family of the recipient is forced to adopt the donor cat, regardless of how anyone gets along so… it’s all good? (Thanks Karen.)
A cinematic history of dogs
This kiddie pool in NJ was just right.