A woman recently attempted to surrender a pitbull to AC in West Haven, CT. She allegedly told ACOs that she was moving and the dog was aggressive. The ACOs refused to take the dog and gave the woman a list of rescues she could try. Good luck with that. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.
An hour later, AC received a call about a pitbull running loose in the road:
The animal control officer who responded tried setting a trap for the dog and realized it was the same dog brought to the shelter earlier that day.
Golly gee willickers, you don’t say! It’s almost like a desperate person took desperate action which, as far as I know, has never happened in the history of the world making this event totally unforeseeable.
The dog was killed by a car that afternoon. Which is you know, fine:
“Especially if someone comes in and says my dog is vicious. That’s not the city’s responsibility to take your dog that was mis-trained. Obviously the shelter can’t release that to somebody who wants to accept a pet, adopt a pet, because the liability is tremendous,” said West Haven Police Sgt. David Tammaro.
Not the city’s responsibility to shelter a dog in need. So what exactly are taxpayers paying for at the shelter that won’t shelter?
And I hate to blow anyone’s mind but sometimes people surrendering pets at the shelter are not truthful about the reason they are there. Who knows if the dog was truly aggressive or if the surrendering party thought that sounded like a more valid reason to leave a pet than just “I’m moving.”? I’ll tell you who does NOT know: the West Haven shelter staff. Because they didn’t take the dog. He never got a chance to settle in and be evaluated.
Even if the dog had some aggression issues, it’s possible they were issues which could be identified and managed through simple practices. But no one bothered to do their job. Here’s a list of private rescues which are all overburdened and operating on shoestring budgets already, see ya.
In explaining why West Haven AC refused to help the pitbull in need, Sgt. Tammaro also cited a lack of resources.
This is the same facility where an ACO was arrested and charged with larceny in July. The now fired ACO had been serving as treasurer of a non-profit group collecting donations from the public to help pay medical expenses for animals at the shelter. He was allegedly pocketing the cash for himself.
But the city did get off its ass to track down the woman who tried to surrender the pitbull via the surveillance camera footage they had of her at the shelter:
After posting photos on Wednesday morning, West Haven’s Animal Control office said it has received a number of tips saying that the woman lived in West Haven and is now in Florida.
Police said the woman told them she left the dog with a friend before heading south, but police are trying to figure out whether or not she is telling the truth.
If police had tried to figure out whether she was telling the truth about the dog being aggressive by taking the dog in and sheltering him, which is their job, this whole thing would have been avoided and the dog would still be alive. I wonder how many other pets are dead at the side of the road in West Haven because the shelter staff won’t do their jobs. But yeah, let’s definitely keep shipping our southern shelter pets to the Magical North where everything is grand.