The physical and mental anguish humans put animals through, especially our pets is inhumane. Since working at the shelter our eyes have been wide open and our hands covering our mouths after hearing the “reasons” one brings their "beloved" pet to the shelter. As we’re working with the dogs in the yard a car pulls up, a healthy, happy pit bull is taken out of the van and brought into the shelter. The feeling that came over us was despair, sadness and a sick stomach. The woman was in the office approximately 2-3 minutes, she comes out wiping the tears from her eyes; not wanting to judge we kept working with Kemo. After our session we were told the woman dropped the dog off after rescuing him from death row a year before ONLY to bring him back to certain death. Anger and confusion filled us, a brief discussion was had and it was time to leave. The dog being bought into the shelter replayed in our heads all night.
The shelter is closed on Mondays soTuesday rolls around and our usual routine resumed; we pulled into the shelters driveway, got out of vehicle, walked in the shelter only to be told Kemo & Piper the two dogs we were asked to work with had been euthanized. Tears filled our eyes immediately. As we attempted to gather ourselves to work with Danny (a fairly new pup to the shelter) it was evident our spirits were broken. Yes, we knew that dogs that go into the shelter usually come out in trash bags however, we were going to be the difference maker, and no dog was going to die on our watch. We’re trainers in training; we’re here to make a difference! What a smack in the face and a punch in the gut did we recieve? The shelter worker informed us more dogs were being bought into the shelter due to the heat. Although the shelter informed these people that the shelter did NOT have power due to the storm folks didn’t care and bought their dogs to the shelter.
Can’t help but wonder what hurt Kemo & Piper most the pain of the needle pricking their paw as the concoction of meds flowed through their veins to take their lives or the pain of their once beloved family member bringing them to the shelter for certain death. As for 6 month old King Tut, what hurt him the most? DC’s summer heat or being betrayed by mankind? King Tut was killed as he slept, a center block of concrete was smashed into his skull killing him instantly. The mental and physical abuse humans inflict on these animals are cruel and inhumane, yet these crimes go unpunished, these people are allowed to have pets and possibly repeat the same behavior yet these pets are left brokenhearted, broken spirited and forced to cross over the rainbow bridge far too soon!
Rest in Peace all of the pets that have crossed over the rainbow bridge because of the carelessness of humans! Kemo,Piper & King Tut your death isn’t in vain!