Court Rules Pets Have Sentimental Value

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Court Rules Pets Have Sentimental Value
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Mon, 11-14-2011 - 1:25am

I'm a huge pet lover, but I worry how far this could go...

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Court-reinstates-suit-filed-by-owners-of-2267334.php

FORT WORTH — A Texas appeals court reinstated a couple's lawsuit against an animal shelter that accidentally euthanized their 8-year-old dog, ruling that they can sue to recover the sentimental value of their

 

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 2:39pm
>"The Medlens found him at the shelter the next day, but through a series of slip-ups and errors,"<

I wonder what the "slip-ups & errors were. No shelter should kill an animal after only a couple of days.
Wasn't the dog licensed & have tags so the owners could be tracked?
Shouldn't the owners back yard be escape proof? It's their responsibility to keep their animal safe.

 


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Registered: 08-30-2002
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 2:30pm

My ex-husband lost my dog. Long story, the man was an idiot. But needless to say-gated community, the dog was picked up in 5 minutes and sent to animal control. Someone at animal control decided my Border Collie cross was a Rottweiller cross and put him in the vicious dog unit, because he had growled when they went to stuff him in the animal control truck. My dog is micro-chipped and has a rabies tag from the vet clinic. Noone at animal control scanned my dog for a microchip. They did call my vet. However, my vet had my dog down as a border collie. The next sequential number in their tag book WAS a rottweiler cross, but when they called that dog owner they said "No, our dog is sitting right here looking at us." Meanwhile, I'm STANDING in the animal control office looking for my dog and they are telling me they have no border collie crosses. I've walked through and have not seen my dog. They "have no border collies in their vicious dog unit.............. "I fill out the lost dog book, thinking gate security must be mistaken about turning in my dog. So I go home and put some huge signs out beside the busy highway. A couple of days later an animal control officer calls me and asks, "what color is your dogs harness?" I say green. He says "I think we have your dog in our vicious dog unit." Sure enough, it's Jack. Old Jack got lucky. It was a holiday weekend. Our county only had a 72 hour policy for unclaimed dogs at that time. Thank God that animal control officer made the connection between the dog in there, the book and my signs on the road and he had to drive that way to go



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Registered: 03-09-2001
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 3:05pm

Such incompetence on the part of animal shelters and their volunteers or employees, is mind-boggling. I know shelters are short money in these bad economic times, blah, blah, blah, yet if the dog has a microchip or tags, there should be no excuse for not following through to identify the dog and get in touch with the owners. Any dog, regardless of breed, can be fearful and growling when forcibly picked up and stuffed in a cage by strangers. Good grief! :O I worry about my Mika, who is deaf, has a strong startle and fear response. She has tags up the kazoo as well as a microchip. But strangers trying to forcibly grab and cage her are going to provoke a fear and self-protection response. I am very careful with her as I know she would be victimized if not killed. But to read of such lack of care in training employees/volunteers, having set procedures that must be followed for any animal picked up, is just inexcusable! UGH! :smileymad: These shelters should be formally reprimanded, fined or in some other punitive way, disciplined when such irresponsible crap happens!


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 08-30-2002
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 3:17pm

Is your dog genetically deaf, or is it an acquired thing? Jack went to doggy heaven



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Registered: 03-09-2001
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 4:00pm
My dog was born deaf. Both her parents carried the Merle gene, which makes for beautiful dogs, but also brings deafness and/or blindness to any pups. She was dumped in a shelter, luckily no-kill. She spent the first year of her life in shelters, as no one wanted to adopt a deaf dog. :\ We found her through a newsletter bio in the nearby SPCA shelter (also now no-kill). I am hard of hearing. I know how awful it can be trying to get along in the hearing world. A trainer had recognized her intelligence & taught Mika some hand signs, which she taught me, too. And we did some obedience classes as well. Mika has come a long way in the 9 years we have had her, despite her fears left over from her shelter years. :)


Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Registered: 03-09-2001
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 4:02pm

Sending you hugs and sympathy for your loss. ♥ So hard to lose our beloved friends and companions!


Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Registered: 02-05-2011
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 9:17pm

"The Medlens found him at the shelter the next day, but through a series of slip-ups and errors, Avery was added to the euthanasia list and put to sleep."

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 12:32am
Sorry for the loss of your Jack. I have an elderly dog named Jack myself....

A few years ago in my county, the animal control officer was caught red-handed picking up animals with tags, driving straight to a pit, shooting them in their cages, and dumping them in the pit. He had to leave town after he was fired. So many death threats after people found out..... I didn't lose an animal but I wanted to threaten him myself, cause I was just sickened over the whole incident. He'd been doing it for years.....

 

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:22am

Many, if not most, animal shelters in CT are No Kill.

 


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Registered: 08-30-2002
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 12:30pm

Our county shelter



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