Forsyth Co forced the owner of a dog who scratched someone to surrender him for an 8 day quarantine at the pound. Ashley Burton had adopted the border collie/labrador retriever mix, whom she named Maximus, as a puppy 5 years ago. It was heartbreaking for her to surrender her pet:
“I was in tears and could barely speak with him because I just didn’t want to let him go,” Burton said.
After the 8 days expired on July 2, she went to the Forsyth Co pound to pick up her beloved Maximus. Pound staff gave her a pitbull mix named Spike instead of her own pet. She waited for 30 minutes while they looked for Maximus then was taken to the manager’s office:
“He said, I don’t want you to panic right now, but we can’t find your dog,” Burton said.Burton was then told there was nothing else she could do, and to go home while the shelter investigated.
Yeah don’t panic. And definitely don’t look at the numbers Forsyth Co reported to the state of NC last year, reflecting the killing of 63% of the dogs and cats in its care. OK, do panic. But please, do it at home. We’re busy killing animals here.
Ms. Burton later received a phone call from the pound manager explaining that staff meant to kill Spike but killed Maximus instead. Oops. The local Fox affiliate went to the pound director, who never contacted Ms. Burton personally, to find out what happened:
“At some point, either the identifying kennel cards were switched, or the dogs themselves might have been switched,” said Tim Jennings, Director of Forsyth County Animal Control.
Jennings said, since the picture taken of Maximus was not clear, and their descriptions were similar, it resulted in the mistake.
“The photograph is to be the definitive security issue, and in this case we could have done a better job there,” Jennings said.
So basically something got switched, we don’t know what exactly, and we took a crappy picture which is our “definitive security issue” but whatevs, and big black dogs, and did I mention we kill 63% of the pets here? So I mean, odds are… Also:
Jennings also told FOX8 that this is not the first time the wrong dog has been euthanized at the Forsyth County Animal Shelter. He said a similar incident happened some time in 2014.
Some time in 2014, some incident, some thing. Oh but don’t ask for any sort of reform because Forsyth Co is on it:
Jennings said the photograph issue, among others, has been addressed.
See, it’s a photograph issue. Like cropping. And it’s been addressed. Whew. So just forget about the oops-killing of an owned pet and whoever might have been responsible for that still working at the place and the fact that 63% of the pets who come through the front doors leave in garbage bags. We’re keeping the public safe!
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)