Kentucky – When a friendly, healthy 3 year old dog named Drake got lost, he wandered into a neighbor’s yard. The neighbor brought him to Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control so that his owner could find him. When Drake’s owner, Vanessa Kyle, went to the shelter to redeem her pet, she did not see him in the cages. When she went back again, staff told her they had killed Drake by mistake. Oops:
“Why would you kill a perfectly healthy dog?” says Vanessa Kyle.
Good question, especially since, as we are so often chided by shelter killing enablers, nobody wants to kill animals.
And here’s your answer: computer glitch. Those pesky computers. I didn’t even know computers could speak sternly to shelter pets, never mind kill them. Maybe their role in shelter management should be reviewed. Or something.
ABC 36 news called the Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control for answers. No one wanted to talk on camera, but someone there told me what they told Kyle – there was a software glitch. We asked if this happens a lot. We were told once every five to six years.
Ho-hum. Once every 5 to 6 years we kill someone’s lost family member.
Drake’s killing reminded me of the time Lexington-Fayette AC & C oops-killed Peanut, another lost dog whose owner was trying to claim him. That was 3 years ago:
Animal Control is supposed to keep stray dogs for five days. Peanut was euthanized after one. Animal Care and Control officials didn’t want to talk on camera[.]
One day, five days, whatevs. Capt. Tim Mitchell of Lexington-Fayette AC & C told the media at the time:
“I can’t remember the last time it happened,” he said.
Can’t remember. Once every 5 to 6 years. Maybe 3 years. But we don’t want to talk on camera. So shrug, I guess.
Meanwhile, Ms. Kyle’s life has been forever changed by the needless violence against Drake:
“It’s awful, I have cried constantly. You know for the first two or three days, I didn’t eat,” Kyle says.
“I loved him, I loved him,” says Kyle.
Kyle says she received a one dog adoption and city license gift certificate. It has to be used within a year.
Because there is a time limit on grief and compassion. But don’t worry, these people apparently can’t tell time anyway.