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A Dog Shouldn't Be Put Down Because of Its Looks

This sweet young dog was deemed unworthy of veterinary treatment, for nothing more than her appearance.

When this little girl went to Animal Control, she was not even given a chance.

No one took a picture of her, fed her, removed her fleas or helped with her pain. She had no name, and her cage was labeled "E." That means euthanasia

Luckily for this girl and another, someone who volunteered in this facility felt she was worth it. The volunteer says her cage care had been turned around, and she knew that if this dog was going to get out it was going to have to be right then.

She had to go back to work, but first she spoke with the person working there.  The person working immediately got this little girl straight to the vet.

The vet said she had Demodex Mange, a yeast infection and was heartworm negative (a huge plus). She was about 10 months old. What a life at 10 months!

Fortunately, Demodex Mange is curable, and so is yeast. The one thing that is not curable is putting her to sleep.

This pup is one of the sweetest, most lovable girls you can imagine, but she had not been given a chance before she was scheduled for euthanasia. The only hope she had was for her original owner, who allowed the skin condition to happen, to come pick her up. Because her information wasn't sent out to any rescue groups to possibly help her, no one knew that she even existed. 

She is lucky that one lady walked through and saw her, and the other took action to save her life. They only had 1½ hours to do it. Talk about fast workers. This one was saved, but there are many who have not been. 

This is not unusual in Animal Control facilities. Sometimes the people in charge just look at the outside of a dog and decide it should be put down. They do not look into its eyes and see its soul and the love that it wants. These dogs only want love, and to give it back. No matter what happens to them, they still have a soul.

Is it right for someone to decide to put a dog to sleep because of its looks? I don’t think so, and I want to get it to stop.

Marcia Ziel April 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM
It was not by choice that these animals became homeless and they should not be killed because of it. Why must they pay the price of irresponsible and unfeeling owners? Our tax dollars should not be spent on killing these animals, but instead on free spay and neutering to control over population, regulations on breeders, and a better system to reunite lost animals with their owners. Visit a kill shelter and you can see the fear and depression in these animals eyes. They can sense death. It is all so unnecessary and cruel that we still allow kill shelters to operate. It is time for us to speak up.
Deborah Mahoney April 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I so agree with free spay and neutering. Do not kill these animials it is not right. All kill shelters should cease to operate NOW!!!
Shelly Maslak April 10, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Thank you both for your comments! It helps me know that there are more people out there that feel the same way as I do.
Lynda April 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
In a perfect world every animal (and every child) would have a forever home waiting for it at birth. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Unless one has volunteered or been a paid worker at a shelter, the overwhelming number of homeless animals is incomprehensible; the reasons for selecting which ones get euthanized can indeed seem like just a lottery decision to those who do not have to decide (and administer euthanasia). And each animal deserves a home. I am happy for the volunteer who saved the dog in the photo. Do not forget, however, that in the Tampa Bay region, thousands of animals are euthanized despite the best efforts of hundreds of people. There are not enough tax dollars in Tampa Bay to spay/neuter or house the number of animals who currently need homes. Replacing shelters which must euthanize with shelters able to operate with lower euthanasia rates is a goal every person who loves animals works toward. I hope it will be achieved in my lifetime, but I am not optimistic that breeders, puppy/kitten mills, their lobbyists and indifferent elected officials will pay any attention to animal homelessness.
Shelly Maslak April 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Thank you Lynda for the thought out comment. I am with you and hope to see it in our lifetime, but it is hard to be optimistic with everything that I have seen.

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