The AZ Humane Society killed my friend's dog... basically.
August 17, 2013 5:54 PM Subscribe
My friend and her roommate found a wounded stray dog, turned him over to the humane society in hopes that his family would find him, and discovered that he had been send to the pound a day later and then euthanized last night while all week she was desperately trying to find his family AND get someone at the HS to tell her where he was. If she had not been lied to, she would have adopted the dog before he was killed. My friend is a highly involved volunteer worker in our community and she wants to take this public and do something to improve the situation... help us figure out what we can do!
posted by celtalitha to Pets & Animals (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So... Last Sunday my friend found a beautiful stray German Shepherd, whom she nicknamed Hans, wandering the street with a bad limp. She kept him overnight, then took him to the vet, explaining that she wanted to find his original owners if possible, and if not, she and her roommate were prepared to adopt him. The vet assured her this was fine and that the dog would be going to the humane society. The dog disappeared; friend called vet who assured her he was at the Humane Society. My friend and her roommate spend hours searching for the dog's family, and calling the Humane Society frequently to check on Hans and receiving the runaround that his information was "confidential." My friend became extremely frustrated. Last night, she found Hans' picture on a pound website stating the pic was "one hour old." She panicked, prepared her house and bought dog food, and this morning was at the pound when it opened... only to find Hans had already been euthanized.
My friend is massively enraged and heartbroken... And we want to know: who is in charge of this fuckup and where can we go for recourse in fixing this "glitch" (nicely put) in the system? (For reference, my friend is a professional and extremely involved volunteer worker who has been highly effective at things like this in different venues in our city - assume for the purpose of the question that she is as competent as anyone to navigate any media or red tape necessary). Naturally she is spreading the word vis-a-vis spay and neuter your animals, don't breed, don't overpopulate the system in the first place etc etc but ... anything else we can do? This is in Phoenix Arizona.