An irresponsible owner surrenders six of his nine German shepherds to the shelter, and four days later all six of the beautiful German shepherds were dead — killed by the shelter that claims they want to be “No Kill.”
Much of the information regarding the deaths of six German shepherd dogs at the Miami-Dade Animal Services is confusing. Facebook threads originally indicated that the six dogs, who undisputedly were unsocialized and allowed to run free in the neighborhood, were placed in a kennel at the shelter with another dog which was then attacked by the pack of six. Later posts and two articles by local news networks state that the six German shepherds were running free in the neighborhood and somehow gained access to a homeowner’s backyard where they attacked his dog.
According to the news reports, neighbors claim that the dogs are often running free and scaring those in the neighborhood. Until this latest incident, however, no one claims to have been hurt by the large and rambunctious dogs. Frightened by the dogs, yes; but actual injuries or harm from the dogs has not happened or been reported.
According to WSVN.com, “Miami-Dade Animal Services issued six citations to the homeowner.” Others posting on the Facebook thread point out that while MDAS fined the owner, nothing indicates that they confiscated the dogs. Does that mean that they did not think the dogs were a threat to people? Also according to the posts on the thread, the owner declined to pay the fines and instead surrendered the dogs to MDAS. There is no confirmation that that is fact, but it is a fact that the six dogs ended up at the crowded shelter.
In spite of rescuers desperately trying to find a rescue to take the dogs, some of which were as young as two years old, MDAS shared the following information on the Facebook page Miami Dade County Animal Services:
“Pets are at Mdas under behavioral evaluation. At this time they are fearful but pets are used to living in a pack, they are separated due to having attacked another dog. Pets will require training/socialization and have an experienced owner/rescue. None of the pets allows approach at this time. They will remain under monitoring and if behavior persists or if there is an event of active aggression towards humans or other pets, humane euthanasia will be indicated.“
The results speak for themselves. According to Urgent Dogs of Miami’s Facebook post, eleven dogs, including the six shepherds, and four cats and kittens were killed yesterday. They wrote: “Hope, a three-month-old pup that had parvo never had a chance to live. Spot, five years old, and he had an terrible life in Miami, severely underweight, poor condition, Ehrlichia and killed. All eleven dogs, the products of an irresponsible community with public officials and their followers denying it all.”
The Facebook thread for the German shepherds has more information and their names and ID numbers. The questions remain: Why were the dogs not given more time? Why were they separated when that could have made them even more nervous in the shelter? Why do some dogs get to live at MDAS for months, but others, like these shepherds, get only a few days?
This writer has reached out to Lilian Bohorquez, Marketing and Media Relations at the shelter. When she sends information from MDAS, this will updated. When I spoke with her at 2:00 Tuesday, she was not aware of the killing of the group of dogs.
Follow the Chicago Pets Examiner on Twitter and Facebook.