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.

bert hastings April 10, 2012 at 01:20 AM
What is wrong with these people. They have no compassion for one of Gods creatures. Thank God there are groups out there who at least is giving her cahnce
Shelly Maslak April 10, 2012 at 09:58 AM
I agree Bert. That is why I did this article, to let people know what happens in Animal Control. Hopefully people will choose to look past cosmetic issues and see the heart inside
Mary Sault April 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Ms. Maslak - Clearly you have not spent sufficient time, if any, at Pinellas County Animal Services. If you had, you would have found the people who work and volunteer at Pinellas County Animal Services to be good, kind-hearted individuals who witness the abandonment of THOUSANDS of animal each year. The irresponsible owners doing this are at fault, NOT PCAS. Funding, labor and facilities are severely limited. They reach out to the community yet still get this dreck handed back to them. This story makes me angry on several levels. I invite you to witness the real thing and talk to the real people - then write the story.
Shelly Maslak April 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Ms. Sault, I am sorry that you are angry about the article. Please understand, I never said it was Pinellas County Animal Services that this happened at, and actually it was not animal services, but animal control which is a different area. This was a story I did to show what happens in Animal Control. Maybe it would be helpful for me to do a story on the difference of Animal Services and Animal Control. I did talk to the people that saved this girl, I would never write a story that I did not research. I have a lot of friends that rescue animals, and I spend all of my free time helping do the same. Luckly for this girl it was someone that worked there and another that volunteered there that saved her. Again, the purpose of the article was to bring awareness of Animal Control and to show there are people out there that still care. The place was not, nor will I disclose which one the sweet girl came from.
Mary Sault April 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Thank you for your response and for the article on Gimpy, both of which I saw today. There is a broad, undefined public perception that government animal services/control staff are heartless savages (!) and that is, of course, not the case. They are dealing with situations that others can't or won't deal with. Your articles raise awareness and encourage conversation and I applaud you for it.


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