Two weeks ago, the Facebook page for the Barrow Animal Control in Winder, Ga., posted a plea for three dogs who had been overlooked for months – three dogs whose lives were in danger.
Today I learned that one of the dogs that I did not feature has been killed.
A beautiful girl, who did not even have a name. A dog that I chose not to feature because she did not appear to be as difficult to garner attention.
The dog I featured was a mixed breed (pit bull mix) who was black – two huge strikes against her – enough so that that she seemed to need more help.
On Saturday, a shelter volunteer announced that ID#2013-03-038 had been killed, despite two rescue agencies’ offers to take her in.
The heartbroken volunteer shared:
Despite the one Rescue emailing and calling about dog they were interested in and the other Rescue telling management their plans to rescue, the dog was euthanized on Wednesday before the Rescues could get there.
The situation was discussed with the senior officer whose response was that their email had been down and he didn’t know the dogs had rescue commitments.
However, he was specifically told that Rescue was coming for the dog. If management cared about any of the animals under their care how could they euthanize an animal that they KNEW had a Rescue coming for her?
This dog’s life prior to being killed was lonely – the volunteers are not allowed to take the dogs for walk. The dogs are not allowed to play or interact with people.
The person who alerted the Facebook follower to this dog’s death is saddened at the facility’s lack of interaction and cooperation with rescue agencies.
This individual is disappointed that dogs are killed when help can be found.
This person hopes that with the pressure of outside influences, the “powers that be” might be inspired to change their status quo – that perhaps, more lives can be spared.
On a personal note, I am heartsick. The dog I featured was heavily networked and adopted.
The dog I did not feature is gone forever – though she did nothing wrong.
A dog who could have been loved – who could have been a treasured companion – will never know that love.
She did not even have a name…rest in peace dear one.
Please consider writing to the Barrow County Board of Commissioners asking for a change.
County ManagerJock Connell
Chairman BCBOCPat Graham
Phone:(770) 307-3757(678) 300-5367
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