In Rustburg, Virginia conditions at the Campbell County Animal Control are just as seriously overcrowded as most shelters across the nation. Just this week, two neighborhood dogs escaped from their yard after digging themselves out from under a fence and entered someone’s home. The dogs were licensed and Animal Control was able to track down their owner, however after four calls, no one has shown up to claim the dogs.
On Thursday, an Animal Control officer left another message; this time informing the owner of the dire consequences. A volunteer at the Friends of the Campbell County Animal Control just couldn’t hold her anger back any longer. “Yesterday you received the message from an Animal Control Officer that if you did not come to pick them up on Thursday, other dogs would be euthanized–killed humanely–on Friday because of lack of space. Yet you have chosen not to come and not to call,” the volunteer stated.
Tragically dogs are scheduled to be euthanized on Friday. “All our kennel runs are full, and more strays are coming in. If you think residents were angry over the killing of the lion Cecil in Zimbabwe, just wait for the response when dogs are killed because you were too lazy to pick up the phone and make arrangements to pick up your dogs,” the message continued. Now the dogs have five more days on “stray hold” and at the end of that time, will also be in danger of being euthanized. The owner’s two dogs lack socialization, are aggressive and will be extremely hard to place.
The message ends with, “RIP to those dogs whose time is up and who we have loved and worked with over the past weeks–even months. RIP, so that someone can take her time getting to the shelter.”
The original breeder of one of the dogs has already offered to adopt the dog and regrets he sent one of his dogs out to someone so irresponsible. This shelter needs help with foster and adoption offers; their Facebook page is available by clicking here.
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