Target: Aaron Franz, Warrick County Health Department
Goal: Institute stricter safety regulations at Indiana shelter accused of dumping a bag containing a living dog at the local landfill
Recently two citizens of Warrick County, Indiana witnessed a shocking event. Warrick County Animal Control Officers were witnessed at the local landfill dumping plastic bags containing the bodies of euthanized pets. Citizens became worried when they noticed that one of the plastic bags was moving and emitting a panting sound. When they informed the Animal Control Officers of the situation, the officers reportedly threw the bag containing the still living dog back onto their truck without so much as opening the bag to check on the dog. The dog was euthanized when it arrived back at Animal Control.
The Warrick County Board of Commissioners held a meeting where this event was discussed. Board President Don Williams stated that the fate of the dog in question was the fault of the Warrick County residents. While it’s true that it was not Animal Control’s fault that the dog ended up in the shelter, the way they handled this situation was irresponsible. Animal shelters have a responsibility to treat the animals in their care humanely. Containing a still living dog inside a sealed plastic bag is animal cruelty. Even if the dog ended up inside the bag by mistake, actions to assist the animal should have been initiated as soon as it was discovered that the dog was still alive.
This is not the first time the Warrick County Animal Control Office has come under fire. The shelter is often criticized for having poor management. The shelter has a 90% kill rate, and local residents complain that members of the public are not allowed inside the shelter–not even to volunteer. The shelter has no adoption website and does not work with outside rescues. Furthermore, pet owners searching for their lost pets have issued complaints that the shelter does not answer or return phone calls. Williams, during the recent board meeting, stated that these issues have to be addressed by the Warrick Department of Health.
By signing this petition, you are demanding the Warrick County Department of Health to review and make changes to the Warrick County Animal Control Shelter. Ask that volunteers and rescue groups be allowed to assist the shelter in finding homes for abandoned animals, a change that will improve the adoption rate of the shelter and cost the county taxpayers nothing. Ask that the shelter maintain stricter animal safety rules, so that what happened to the live dog dumped in the landfill will not happen to another animal. Animal shelters are supposed to attempt to improve the lives of the animals under their care, not abuse them.
Dear Aaron Franz,
Please promptly address the issues present in the Warrick County Animal Control Shelter. The recent report of a live dog being dumped, enclosed inside a plastic bag, into a landfill is shocking. What’s even worse is how the Warrick Animal Control Officers present handled the situation, not even opening the bag to check on the suffering dog.
Warrick residents have issued complaints about the shelter’s poor management. Not allowing citizens inside the shelter, even to volunteer, creates a lot of questions. What does the shelter have to hide? The shelter staff make no attempt to maintain any kind of website or other venue where animals for adoption can be displayed, and they do not work with outside rescues. It’s no wonder the shelter has a 90% kill rate. Pet owners looking for lost pets have reported that shelter staff members can’t even be bothered to answer or return phone calls.
Animal shelters are supposed to attempt to improve the lives of the animals under their care, not abuse them. Allowing volunteers and outside rescue groups to assist in finding homes for abandoned animals would improve the adoption rate of the shelter, and would cost nothing to Warrick taxpayers. Please consider making changes that allow for more animals to find new homes, and instituting stricter animal safety rules so that what happened to the living dog dumped in the landfill will not happen again to another animal.
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