THEY SHOOT DOGS - DON'T THEY?
Some years back I moved to a small town called Rockingham in North Carolina. Whilst there the person we bought our property through begged me to look at the huge refurbished building which was the Humane Society. An amazing women having seen the local dog pound had agonized what to do to change things. The day she had gone up to look the pound ( which was not manned and had 15 or so dogs in a compound and no shade and a bucket of water in which was a small pup who had drowned. This pup was so desperate for water she had climbed up and in to the bucket and could not get out.
She witnessed the purpose dug hole the dogs, at the end of
their 3 day stay, were dropped into so that one of the two dog catchers
'Bonk' or 'Coon' could shoot them. She had heard some would scramble out so
then were shot on the run. She also knew the tiny kittens or pups had their
necks rung and others went into the gas chambers where you could hear them
screaming clawing then their lungs popping.
In a year no director had been found to run the place and the poor animals still suffered as no one adopted them. I looked and knew I could change things but I would have to learn to euthanize. This word means painless death!!!! As a vegan this was the most terrible thing to do. Vets were keen to teach me on poor dogs just to show me but I resisted until I could not ignore the way these animals were handled and of course their terrible fate. I took the job and ALWAYS remember vividly the first poor dog I killed and after her the hundreds. I would walk up the corridor picking my friends as they trustingly wagged their tails. Beautiful dogs, pups, cats and kittens. In one day there were over 100.
Well I did change it and in turn it changed me. I am a dog murderer and always will have that on my conscience. Worse still, once I had the place running well, I left and fled to Wales as I could not go on.
So here I am doing my best to help when I first hand came across this incident. I was told by a dog breeder that the RSPCA told her that they prefer to shoot dogs to kill them. I could not believe I had moved away from that to come to this!!! So I called and asked RSPCA inspector Richard Abbot and was told "yes that's right". I was gob smacked so called the local RSPCA who said there was no way this was true. They also said they were the local branch and had nothing to do with the inspectors? Although the inspectors do work out of their buildings.
I actually know our local branch do a great job, but am confused as both inspectors and the branch have the same name. I told a friend who told others and one wrote to the RSPCA and asked. Below are the replies. Before you read them can I point out if a dead bolt is used it would have to be put up to a dogs head - actually touching it. Could this be done to aggressive un-socialized dog? In the first RSPCA letter they say they advised the owners to call other rescues and yet in the next they say the dogs skin was too bad and they were too aggressive to home. The officer I spoke to said they had not asked any other rescue for help and that as officers went round on their own that was the easiest method and most humane (in his mind). He also said that that if it had been a large number of dogs they maybe could have done something. I'm not sure what he meant by that - did he mean. get press and TV and general public to cough up and save them? I wonder if the general public like paying for the dead bolt?
I moved to get away from the unbearable and here I am back where I started - it haunts me. You have all seen the skin problems that some dogs who come to us have and the we get right as well as the unsocialized terrified dogs that we turn around and get homes. Can you imagine the poor dogs below where somehow restrained with a dead bolt to their heads!!!!!
Where is my God to watch over these poor dogs? I thought
'We are the voice of the voiceless, and through us the dumb can speak'.
Night after night this haunts me so now I write it for you all to read.
Ask questions PLEASE!!!!!