A video posted online shows a whimpering dog being dragged by a leash around the neck at the Hesperia pound in CA:
The video was reportedly taken by a member of the public who was looking for her lost dog at the pound when she saw what appears to be one staff member dragging a dog behind her like a bag of trash while two other city employees have a chat. But I guess they are all talked out now because they have nothing to say to the local news:
Victor Valley News reporters reached out to the Hesperia Animal Shelter staff, the operator simply said, “The department is aware of it and investigating it”. A message was also left for Cheryl Lewis, a shelter supervisor, who is not yet available for comment on this matter.
Gosh, I wonder how long before Ms. Lewis becomes available for comment:
A past shelter employee, who asked to remain anonymous for legal reasons has identified the alleged people in the video. Victor Valley News will withhold from publishing the name of the person seen dragging the dog until the investigation is complete. The former employee alleged the two other’s who stood by in the video are Officer Osvaldo Montes and Supervisor Cheryl Lewis. The former employee, also shared that she was let go from her position only after speaking out about some of the happenings at the shelter.
The Hesperia pound reportedly will only allow rescuers to save animals from being killed if they sign an agreement waiving their First Amendment rights with regards to speaking up about abuse at the pound. That has kept many from going public with their concerns. In spite of the threats against rescuers, 60 people showed up at an emergency city hall meeting last night.
When the city council was asked about the legality of violating the Constitutional rights of rescuers, the city attorney responded, “This might not be satisfactory” and said he’d look into the matter.
The meeting went four and a half hours, with most of the speakers advocating on behalf of the shelter pets:
Stephanie Lonsdale, an animal advocate that is known in the community for speaking up for the well-being of animals mentioned that the Hesperia Animal Shelter currently has a 70% kill rate. The 70% kill rate equals 7 out of 10 animals entering the shelter being euthanized rather than reunited or adopted. “The shelters do not utilize the free sites that are available to them to place these animals,” said Lonsdale.
Of course there’s one in every bunch:
“I believe it was misjudgment, not abuse. Ideally the dog would not be there or the dog would have been socialized,” said Lisa Wilson.
Yeah, the slutty whoredog was prolly drunk and asking for it and the owners are all the suck too.
Oh and the unwashed owners, who have since irresponsibly reclaimed their pet, showed up to speak for their dog:
Of all the speakers, the most touching, bringing tears to the speaker as well as, much of the crowd was the dog’s owner, Tracie Carpenter.
“I don’t have fancy things to tell you, like a lot of the people here. I am not going to use crazy big words or rescue terminology. I am here on behalf of Mia, who is my dog. She is not a 60 pound dog that can not be carried, she is 47 pounds. She is not unsociable, she is a beautiful girl and very lovable, she was scared, the floor was slippery,” said Carpenter with her voice cracking due to her emotions on the treatment of her dog.
“She was in the shelter for just over 24 hours and I have no idea how the rest of her stay was there. If it is going to happen to a dog that belongs to somebody, that is loved, that has a good home, that has someone to care for them, it can also happen to the ones that have no one to speak for them, the dogs that are being euthanized, the ones that are being put to sleep, the ones you don’t hear anything about, the ones who do not have anyone to come here and stand before you gentlemen to explain that they do not have any behavioral issues, it was a good dog, she is a wonderful dog.”
Any questions as to where the haters can stick their “misjudgment”?
The city council says they love animals and will take the matter seriously and blah:
The city is encouraging anyone with concerns to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right. Funnel all the concerns to one faceless email account where they can sit and rot.
OR, you can contact the Hesperia city council members directly and ask that a complete and transparent investigation be conducted and all applicable criminal charges filed:
Eric Schmidt, Mayor; email email@example.com
Bill Holland, Mayor Pro Tem; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Russell “Russ” Blewett, Council Member; email email@example.com.
Mike Leonard, Council Member; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Russ, Council Member; email email@example.com.
(Thank you Clarice for the links.)