Written by PETA
A big brouhaha
erupted after the Detroit Animal Control Center euthanized an emaciated, injured
and extremely ill dog named Ace
(after the hardware store into which he painfully stumbled before being rescued
off the streets) on Thursday. Photos of Ace make it abundantly clear that he
was suffering; they show him looking weak, hunched over, grimacing, bleeding
from a neck wound, and barely able to stand. He looks as if he can't get
comfortable, and there is obvious pain in his eyes. Unfortunately, Ace had to
endure the state-mandated four-day waiting period for strays, and no owner could
be located for him (or they surely would have faced cruelty charges). This suffering
dog didn't deserve to linger a minute longer.
We just have one question: The
shelters are overloaded with homeless dogs―if anyone is upset because this dog
was put down, why don't they stop screaming "Murder!' and do something
truly helpful, like adopting another dear dog who doesn't need as much vet care
and resocializing but just needs a home? There's certainly no shortage of
homeless dogs in every single animal shelter in the country―no, make that, in
the world! If you think that every single one―or even one in 20―can be placed,
then you're living in a dream that we all wish would come true, but picking one
dog and going nuts about his euthanasia is just a feel-good exercise not
grounded in reality. Shelters need financial help for spaying and neutering in
order to stop more dogs from being born and to find truly good homes even for
dogs with no problems, the "easy" ones. Meanwhile, "no kill"
shelters take in their quota and then leave the dirty work to everyone else.
back to Ace―for dogs who have been through so much and are obviously suffering
and miserable, a dignified release from their pain is often a blessing and the
most humane option. Let's not misplace our anger and
frustration, which should be directed at those who neglect animals so badly
that they end up ravaged with parasites and barely able to keep their heads up as
well as at those who cause animals to end up homeless and euthanized at shelters
because they buy from pet stores or breeders and/or fail to spay or neuter
And let's use our energy to save
lives by promoting spaying
and neutering and lobbying for legislation
that would restrict breeding so that we can arrive at a day when no
animal is born unless a loving, permanent home is waiting for him or her. Animal homelessness is a preventable tragedy.
by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Ace—a kind, shy pit bull—was chained outside 24/7. The area where he lived was worn, there was not a single blade of grass within sniffing distance, and he was living in a plastic barrel that offered minimal shelter from the elements. After a bloody encounter with another dog, Ace was left with swollen and infected genitals, and his neglectful "owner" let the painful sores go untreated for more than a month.
A concerned complainant first reported Ace's plight to local law-enforcement officials, who refused to help. When we received the initial call about Ace, we got a similar and frustrating run-around from officials, who assured us that the dog was "fine."
By the following morning, our persistent efforts to secure help for Ace resulted in getting a qualified animal control officer dispatched to Ace's Alabama home. Once the officer arrived on the scene, it was obvious that Ace was not "fine," and he was immediately seized. The untreated infection had taken its toll on Ace, and when he arrived at the local animal shelter, he was finally given a humane release from his prolonged suffering.
In addition to suffering through sweltering heat and blistering cold, dogs like Ace, who are forced to spend their lives at the end of a lonely chain, are susceptible to violent encounters with other animals. Chained dogs often become fearful of intruders and overly protective of their tiny patches of ground. This can encourage unnaturally aggressive behavior that often has tragic results for the animals and people who go near them. If you know of or see an injured or neglected chained dog, please take action.
Written by Logan Scherer
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