Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Inhumanity At Its Worst

A dear friend of mine had a very heart wrenching experience yesterday. It’s too heinous to ignore so I need to share it with you. Stop by her blog as I’m sure she’s talking about it too.

Friend and fellow author, Taylor Tryst lives near the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota. Last night, in the middle of the night, she heard gun shots. This morning, her mom went outside and on their porch was a wounded, starved dog.

Bad enough that someone thought it would be okay to toss this animal away in the first place. People, have some sense. Pets cannot survive on their own in the wild. But then, to make it worse, some unknown jerk decided to use the dog for target practice. And half missed.

Taylor and her mom loaded up the pooch in their car and took her to the closest shelter, the Beltrami Humane Society in Bemidji, MN. They were turned away. Yes, turned away after showing the woman on duty that the dog was injured. They were told the shelter was full and there was no vet on duty to deal with an injured animal.

I have a real problem with this one. All right, suppose there wasn’t a vet available. Human Societies also have vet techs and one of them could have at the very least put the dog out of its misery. It wouldn’t have needed a space in the shelter had they done that. I have trouble believing there wasn’t someone they could call in for an emergency. I don’t know about you but to me, a critter that has been shot is an emergency.

It was left to Taylor and her family to do the humane thing with the poor dog. How absolutely horrible is that? There they were, trying to do the right thing, helping a creature in need, cleaning up someone else’s mess and they’re treated like that and forced to deal with it themselves. Click on the shelter name above to express your anger.

This is wrong. On so many levels, so very wrong. I’m angry and hurt for my friend and the dog and the only thing I can think to do at this point is get it out there so you’re aware of the problem too. Check with your neighborhood shelters please. Let them know what is happening out there. Maybe if we all join together we can make a difference.

Pets love us. They depend on us. They deserve better than this. Thank you for trying, Taylor. The world needs more people willing to get involved as you have.


Regina Carlysle said...

Great post, Barb. I'm blogging about this too BUT I didn't post a link to allow expressions of outrage. Glad you did this. Such a horrible thing.

Amber Skyze said...

Cheers to you for posting the link, Barb. It is horrible what they did.
Great post!

Molly Daniels said...

That breaks my heart that people would be so cruel.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Barb. I don't know what I'd do without the support of my dear friends.

Travesty is not even a strong enough word for what happend with that poor angel of a dog.

It will be with me for a long, long time and I intend to do something about this. Go to Beltrami County Board, PETA, whatever I have to do because that was absolutely wrong in inhumane!

Hugs, B...and thanks again.

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