FOX 23 in Oklahoma reports that the pound in Bristow shoots pets for convenience and that the mayor is aware of the method being used to kill the animals. Local animal advocates told The Daily Beast that a city employee digs a large hole behind the water treatment facility (where the pound is located) and the ACO drags dogs from the pound, throws them into the hole then shoots them with a small caliber pistol. When the pit gets filled with dogs, the worker covers it over and digs a new one. The ACO reportedly has sole discretion on which dogs he chooses to kill and how long they get to live before he does. The mayor says that shooting dogs is legal under OK law and he is utterly baffled as to why anyone cares:
When reached by phone Wednesday, Bristow’s mayor Leonard Washington admitted the city—some 33 miles southwest of Tulsa—was dragging poor pooches to the back of the water treatment plant and shooting them.
“This is something that’s been a practice for 40 years,” Washington told The Daily Beast. “I don’t know why it’s a controversy … why such outrage now?”
Well gee, if it’s been going on for 40 years, it must be ok. Because no wrong thing has ever happened for any length of time and finally had to be changed because it was so obviously despicable. That’s what they taught us in American history class – everything was swell since ever and that’s why our textbooks are blank.
Animal advocates further allege that before the dogs are shot in the head, they suffer at the pound due to neglect and poor conditions. They also claim the ACO hates pitbulls. I wonder how many small caliber bullets the ACO puts into the fat heads of pitbulls before he
jumps into the pit and verifies death via stethoscope, corneal reflex and other standard methods clocks out for lunch.
The mayor stressed that the main objective is to find homes for pets[.]
The Bristow pound is closed to the public. Locals offering to volunteer or donate say they have been turned away. I was unable to find any online listings for pets at the pound. I guess the main objective of finding homes is something the ACO does during the drag to the hole before shooting the dogs. Maybe a city employee who got lost might happen to see a dog on the way to the pit and run over there and want to adopt him on the spot or something. I’m fuzzy on the details there.
Anyway it’s all legal and it’s been going on for 40 years so don’t get huffy.
(Thank you Clarice for sending me this story.)