Target: Humane Society New Braunfels Area (HSNBA)
Goal: Discontinue the practice of euthanizing puppies who display aggressive behavior
A puppy that allegedly displayed aggressive behavior was recently put down at the Humane Society New Braunfels Area (HSNBA). The animal’s foster parent, Elaine Buchhorn, claimed that the description the shelter released of the Chihuahua-Dachshund mix sounded nothing like the one she had cared for. And while she says she would gladly have taken the puppy back, the shelter decided to put him down. Urge the HSNBA not to euthanize puppies.
The puppy, named George, was only 12 weeks old when the shelter ended his life. Buchhorn had fostered him for a month and worked to find him a permanent home, but eventually gave him to the shelter with hope that his chances at adoption would increase. After the incident, she publicly expressed her disapproval. “It really hurts to see this is the way they manage the facility,” she said, noting that the puppy had been kept with two other dogs and interacted well with her toddler granddaughter.
Conversely, the shelter claimed that the puppy was “filled with demons” and showed signs of aggression. While it is true that dog behavior is heavily based on genetics, the fact that the puppy was not displaying severe aggression until he was placed in the shelter is telling. Many public readers are also outraged to hear that an organization dedicated to finding homes for animals in need would lose faith in a puppy that is too young to know better.
It is likely that, given proper training and care, this dog may have grown up to be a sweet companion for another person. Regardless, 12 short weeks is not enough time to determine an animal’s adult temperament.
Sign this petition and urge the HSNBA not to euthanize puppies.
Dear Humane Society New Braunfels Area,
The public was recently outraged upon hearing that your shelter willfully euthanized a puppy of 12 weeks. The animal’s foster parent has spoken out against your decision and claimed that the puppy, George, interacted well with her two dogs as well as her granddaughter, giving her no reason to suspect him of the aggressive behavior he allegedly displayed at your shelter.
Whether or not George’s aggression was genetically based or simply a minor puppy fit will never be determined because his life was ended much too soon. I urge you, in the future, to look into such cases with an open mind in order to determine if an animal truly poses a threat to society. It is entirely uncertain that a small puppy, who is given proper training and care, would grow up to be dangerous. I urge you to search for alternative methods of care, such as returning the animal to the foster parent, which, in this case, would have been the proper and merciful thing to do.
This was a tragic incident that should never be repeated. In the future, I urge you not to euthanize puppies.
[Your Name Here]
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