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Thursday, September 15, 2016

a moment of silence

 *a post by the mom

There was some disturbing news that came out locally here over the weekend.

I got a text from a friend on Saturday that there was speculation circulating that there was an outbreak of canine distemper at the county run dog shelter. In our area, this is where all stray dogs are taken and there are also owner surrenders. There has been some management turn over and questions about how the county commissioners are running everything. And keep in mind that this place is using local county tax dollars to operate.

This is the timeline as best I can figure out:
August 31 - a dog was surrendered (or returned - there is some question about that) and processed through. The dog was later determined to be seriously ill and was euthanized. The shelter at that point supposedly suspected distemper. The dog was also not quarantined and thereby exposed other dogs in the shelter.

10 days later, speculation started on social media that the dog shelter had a distemper outbreak. There was nothing in any news reports and the shelter made no statement.

In the 10 days from the intake of the sick dog and exposure, intakes and adoptions and rescue placements continued to happen. NO ONE was notified of any exposure risk.

On Sunday a protest/memorial was held at the shelter when news leaked that 52 dogs had already been killed on Sunday morning. At that point the shelter issued a statement that they would be closed on Sunday to the public due to a health issue. It wasn't until later that day that they confirmed the deaths of these 52 dogs and stated there had been exposure to distemper.

Don't misunderstand me....I do NOT blame staff or volunteers.

This is absolutely a management issue.

Where were the quarantine protocols? Vaccinations can and should be done on intake, but the protection is not immediate.

Where was the notification? Adopters and rescues received NO NOTICE about this risk. There are now statements that several dogs pulled into rescue are showing upper respiratory symptoms and one has developed neurological issues. The news stations yesterday finally reported that the shelter intends to send letters to people who adopted during that time. But they are refusing to allow adopters to bring those dogs adopted during that time to be examined. Adopters are being told to take the dogs to their own vet to be tested. And at the adopters cost. The news reported 2 families returned dogs adopted during that time and both dogs were immediately put down.

This place has already face issues with how they determine behavior to get to the adoption floor. Rescues know full well that they have to move quick to save dogs from THE list....one dog our rescue pulled was a chihuahua that they said was "nervous" during the test. ummmm - duh?? (They are also still using a behavior test that the originator has since said is now invalid)

In the meantime, the news is reporting that the total number of dogs now killed is up to 64.

Beyond politics and arguments, 64 DOGS LOST THEIR LIVES
#neverforgotten
#neveragain

How can you help if you want? Spread the word. And we know several rescues in central Ohio have taken in dogs....

26 comments:

  1. This is horrible. We don't even know what to say.

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  2. This pissed me off. I'm beginning to think that municipal shelters are little more than slaughterhouses. It's the same here.

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    1. there are many many angry people here too....we can only hope it brings about some change so those dogs don't die in vain

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  3. Just shared the Columbus Dispatch's article on my FB page...I do have friends in that area! This is awful stuff.

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  4. This is so sad. I hope the publicity leads to changes.

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  5. How awful! And you are right, management is totally at fault, and changes need to be made!

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  6. This is terrible. The problem with a lot of shelters is that people are hired as employees and not because of their love of animals. Probably many of them hold the belief of animals being property.

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    1. The ground level employees are suffering. Management is totally to blame

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  7. That is really sad and so wrong.

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  8. how incredibly heartbreaking, and so mishandled..

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  9. This is not right. Oh boy Desperate stuff :-(

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  10. We are so deeply sorry to hear this.
    Cam

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  11. guys...this is beyond sad......we are sorry pups.....we are truly, truly sorry ~~~~~ =^,,^=

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  12. How very sad and frustrating when it could have been prevented with the proper precautions. No excuse for this.

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  13. So so very sad wish there was something I could do other than share will be thinking of all the dogs that needlessly lost their life

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  14. This makes us mad...and sad. Poor, poor dogs.

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  15. Something is rotten and it starts with management.

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  16. This is horrible! Any organization that is funded by tax payer money should fully disclose everything to those tax payers. It is a shame that they aren't willing to do the tests or work with a nearby veterinary office to get those costs covered (if they are worried about bringing those animals back into a contaminated facility). We had a similar sort of incident with a shelter near me last year. There were tons of protests because the shelter was putting down 80% of their animals and wouldn't release why they were doing it. Protesters were able to rescue animals that were being brought there to surrender them. I will give this a share.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  17. This is deeply saddening. And not disclosing this illness until after the fact to adopters is negligence if they knew and didn't tell. We hope this sparks some real change in the organization and brings accountability to the people in decisionmaking positions.

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  18. So so very sad wish there was something I could do other than share will be thinking of all the dogs that needlessly lost their life

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  19. This is horrible, most of all because it could have been prevented with the correct protocols in place. Management needs to step up and be held accountable.

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  20. Preventable loss of life is inexcusable. I am so sick of poor management just being shrugged off with no real consequences while pets and humans suffer from lack of thought...in the spread of disease...in loss of drinking water...don't get me started.

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