Dallas Pound Tries Out a “You Think You Hate Us Now? Just Wait!” Stance

When the public won't stop clamoring for their public animal shelter to do the job they're paying them for, the only reasonable thing to do is punish the public.  That's the approach the long-troubled Dallas pound is taking in a briefing posted this week to the city's website.  Among the proposed punishments: Slap pet owners … Continue reading Dallas Pound Tries Out a “You Think You Hate Us Now? Just Wait!” Stance

Lost Pets in Michigan Lose State Protection

The distressingly bad and wealthy Michigan InHumane has been trying for years to get legislation changed to reduce and eliminate mandatory holding periods for lost pets in shelters.  (And when MHS hasn't gotten its way, it just blatantly ignores the law.)  Its current proposed bill is terrible. Unfortunately, the state department of agriculture recently caved on the … Continue reading Lost Pets in Michigan Lose State Protection

Detroit Animal Control Kills Thousands of Pets Per Year, Wants More

Detroit Animal Control has no adoption program.  Its 2013 report to the Michigan Department of Agriculture (the most recent year on the state's website) was submitted by someone from Michigan Humane - a fellow pet killing facility and reportedly the only organization allowed to pull animals from the pound.  The report indicates DAC took in 6127 … Continue reading Detroit Animal Control Kills Thousands of Pets Per Year, Wants More

Linden Pound Ordered Closed by State Due to Massive Failures

On September 16, 2014, the NJ Department of Health wrote a letter to the health officer for the city of Linden ordering her to "immediately" close the pound due to failed inspections in July and August.  All the animals and records are to be transferred to another licensed shelter. Among the most egregious violations found during the … Continue reading Linden Pound Ordered Closed by State Due to Massive Failures

No One Minding the Store in Dolton, IL as Stray Pets Suffer and Die

The Village of Dolton, IL indicates on its website that it uses Cook Co for its animal control services.  It's not clear that either the village or the county has a facility to shelter animals.  But the ABC affiliate in Chicago reports that Dolton pays a private vet clinic, the Dolton Animal Hospital, to care for … Continue reading No One Minding the Store in Dolton, IL as Stray Pets Suffer and Die

TZI Recommends Shelter Should Not Let You Have Your Lost Cat Back

In August 2013, the Maddie's Fund Shelter Medicine Program issued a summary of recommendations to the Hillsborough Co pound in FL following a consultation.  The recommendation regarding stray cats was particularly troubling to me since it threatened the bond between people and their lost pets.  From the report: Eliminate the required hold period for stray … Continue reading TZI Recommends Shelter Should Not Let You Have Your Lost Cat Back

Dog #267442: Hidden and Illegally Killed by the Memphis Pound

Records obtained via FOIA request indicate dog #267442 was impounded as a stray by Memphis Animal Services on June 10, 2014. She was housed out of sight of the public, in the room reserved for animals being killed: MAS was obligated to hold her for the mandatory holding period which would have expired on June … Continue reading Dog #267442: Hidden and Illegally Killed by the Memphis Pound

MAS Moves to Increase “Time and Space” Killings with Photo Ban

Memphis Animal Services (MAS) is a pet killing facility which has long cited "time and space" as its primary reason for killing dogs and cats.  In order to counter the alleged time and space issues at MAS, a group called Memphis Pets Alive has been photographing pets at the pound weekly, sharing them on Facebook. … Continue reading MAS Moves to Increase “Time and Space” Killings with Photo Ban