If you own a dog or a cat you already know that they become a member of the family instantly. You get to enjoy the love and companionship that only these animals can give. Even a leading health provider in the city advocates that you should spend time each day hugging and being around your dog. That hug every day actually calms your heart down and helps melt stress away. Yes, we know the benefits, but to some the joy of adopting a dog is a nightmare.
When people go to adopt they have a few limited choices to find that new family member. There are Rescues, which is the best of all options. They have the Humane Society on Lancaster Street. They have the adoptions done pet stores and then there is the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control Shelter located at 4900 Martin Street on the southeast side of town. Let this Examiner tell you about our City’s Animal Shelter.
Sadly, the great city of Fort Worth as the worst reputation of all of the metroplex’s shelters due to the unsanitary conditions, condition of the animals, attitudes of staff, the building alone is so outdated and has no ventilation and the dogs do not ever get fresh air or get to go outside. This shelter is a warehouse of infection and disease. I would recommend some of the City of Fort Worth officials go and visit the Dallas Animal Shelter, Plano animal Shelter, Irving Animal Shelter, Arlington Animal Shelter or Grand Prairie Animal shelter. They are all newer shelters and have good ventilation and windows or glass garage doors and are extremely clean. Azle animal shelter just got brand new foot pads that contain antiseptic for your shoes when going in or out of the kennels; they wear gloves, and are all very clean facilities. FWACC is a warehouse to put our neglected and unwanted animals before it’s their turn to die.
The City’s Mayor and each Council Member have been given a documented record of 111 dogs that have passed through the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control this spring and have all died. This documentation includes when the dog was brought to the Shelter, when supposedly it was seen by a Veterinarian, if it was sick at time of entering (and none were) when they were placed for adoption, who adopted them and the Vet who treated them and helped put them down to Distemper!
In one case a lady adopted two pregnant Labs and got them out of the Shelter before they had their babies. Each female Lab had 7 puppies. All 14 babies had Distemper as did one of the female mothers. Today there is only one living out of 16 and that family now has a Vet bill of over $2,900.00.
And the City says they refuse to believe it, even with all this documentation and after the Lab that works for them refuses to do anything else for them until they clean up the situation. Distemper can and will spread from dog to dog due to poor ventilation, improper care and diagnoses and healthy animals placed with sick ones. The City’s solution is not to fix the problem but to build another Shelter and spend $1.3 Million dollars of taxpayers’ money next year to do it.
And speaking of yours and my money a whopping $50,000.00 was removed from the present budget that was earmarked for a new air conditioning unit at the shelter and spent it on five showers at City Hall where City Employees were encouraged to ride their bikes to work and then take a shower and get dressed upon arrival. Now don’t you have a picture of a person riding their bike from any part of Fort Worth other than Downtown to City Hall in our summer heat and bringing their dress, shoes or dress shirt, slacks and shoes in a bag that they carry on the bike and then take a shower upon arrival?
Here is the list of animals that DFW Lab Rescue Pulled that we currently have in our program that have confirmed diagnosis of Distemper (pulled since April 2013).
A19610148 (Berkman), 3YO, Yellow Male Labrador was in General Population pulled on 4/22/2013
A20028158 (Cowboy), 3yo Yellow Male Labrador was in General Population pulled on 6/4/2013
A20177526 (Autry), 9mo Yellow Female Labrador was in ISO and pulled on 6/29/2013
A20225775 (Wrangler), 2yo chocolate Male Labrador was in ISO for URI and pulled on 6/28/2013
A20341775 (John Wayne), 2yo Chocolate Male Labrador was in general Population pulled on 7/3/2013
In an interview with Deborah Danilow who compiled the full documentation that was given to the Mayor and City Council says ” the rescue numbers have doubled in the last year. I have personally experienced over two dozen dogs which my rescue pulled from FWACC this spring that came down with CDV, Canine Distemper Virus. All but two of them died a horrible death from it. I am hearing attorneys and veterinarians all over the metroplex start to speak up about the things they want to see changed at the Shelter in Fort Worth. “
“Even the shelter staff knows and admits there is change needed. They are operating under budget, under staff and unable to do anything about the situation in which they find themselves. They need our help too “continued Ms. Danilow.
A newborn puppy with Distemper dies of a horrible death. It screams in pain as their body withes in uncontrollable seizure. It bleeds from the mouth and nose. It dies sometimes from suffocation and it cries incessantly.
The Mayor and the City Council needs to step up and do something – NOW! Urge everyone you know to write and call their Council Member and complain. It is a shame that people have to surrender their dogs at various times and a bigger tragedy when the family dog runs away. But when they are picked up they deserve to go someplace clean and healthy and be taken care of by people who want to take care of them not just walk up and down row after row of dogs and give each one a half-baked look and from that look –without examination who is sick and who is not. They need proper ventilation that prevents the spread of disease. They need you and me!
But we have showers for the very few who ride their bikes to work.