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Ace’s Euthanasia Sparks Controversy

Written by PETA | November 14, 2011

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.

But 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 their animals.

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.

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

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  • rottsrus says:

    You are not telling the whole story here PETA. His owner was found (the dog had been previously stolen)and animal control would not let her have the dog, they wouldn’t let anyone else have the dog either. Tons of rescues tried to save him, they wanted him. But Detroit animal control killed him for no reason. Oh and Peta…they all deserve a chance.

  • Carla* says:

    Rev. Meg, there were rescue groups willing to take this poor looking dog in their care to try and do whatever it would take to help him. BUT because he was a pit, policy is to end his life regardless healthy or not.

  • Rob says:

    They ALL “deserve” a chance, a home. The reality is that people who scream about this poor fellow, could spend their lung power and pcket change on finding a home for one of the others. This one has gone, peacefully one hopes, outta this mean ole world, but there are others with no pain just an ache for a home. Go get ’em. I have five and can’t take one more or my wife will declare war and our place isn’t big enough for more than the 7 of us, but what’s the point in bitching at the shelter? They just keep the door open and people keep shoving animals through it, HELP THEM! My extra (not a lot) funds now go to spay/neuter. If I can fix one person’s dog, I’m saving hundreds, like the PETA woman said.

  • Rev. Meg says:

    To those who are indignant that this poor dog was euthanized rather than treated by a veterinarian: did the shelter ask for donations to help with the vet bill? And if so, I bet not enough people were able (or even willing) to donate. Times are tough and veterinarians, as admirable as most of them are, did not go into the animal care field entirely out of the goodness of their hearts; they need to make a living to support their families and their own animal companions. Did you know it costs just as much to become a veterinarian as it does to become a doctor for human beings? And did you know that veterinarians are more intensively trained than human doctors? The reason is that when a human patient needs surgery, his or her doctor will refer him to a surgeon. Most veterinarians on the other hand must also be skilled veterinary surgeons, and the operating room is right there in the veterinary clinic. Veterinarians use the same equipment and medications that doctors use on human patients, and if they own their own clinic (and most do) they have to pay for all of that themselves. That is why veterinary bills are so high, and why many veterinarians cannot afford to offer free care, no matter how much they might wish to.

  • Vicky says:

    Ace was obviously seeking help when he walked into the store. Didn’t he deserve a chance at life rather than being put down?? This is the problem I have with euthanasia and so called shelters. He should have been given vet care rather than left to languish for several more days. A sad ending to a sad life!

  • Elphaba says:

    Poor guy. I just wish his pain could have been ended sooner rather than later.

  • Mylie says:

    Amen, Lindsay. It is a blessing that Ace is finally free.