Euthanasia Horror Stories Underline Importance of Animal Rescue

Problems reported at a nearby animal services center are a grim reminder of all the scared, sad and lovable animals in shelter that want nothing more than to find someone to show them what love is.

I was recently sent a story to read, and I have to tell you, it made my stomach turn and made me angry. The story was in the Tampa Bay Times, and it discussed the problems associated with euthanasia at Hernando County Animal Services

The story discusses how some animals were not weighed to figure the right amount of anesthesia to be given, and the animals were not checked to make sure they were anesthetized completely before injecting the euthanasia
medication into the heart. In fact, it states that one cat was injected three times before its heart was ever found. 

The story points out that some cats were allowed to walk around the room after being anesthetized instead of in a nice calm space, and that euthanasia was being done in front of conscious animals. The writer does a great job and goes into much more detail. Here's the full article.

I have told you stories about dogs who came out of animal control. I have told you about diseases and dogs never given a chance. Some of these animals were not even scanned for a microchip to attempt to find their owner.

However, if you were the owner and took your animal to Hernando County to be euthanized and cremated due to illness, and wanted your animal’s ashes back, you would not know if you received yours or someone else’s animal, according to the Times article. The bodies were not labeled before they were put in the freezer.

I am so heartbroken for so many of these babies. As you all know by reading my articles, I want to save every animal possible. These places don’t care to save any. I understand that there is “no room," and that some believe there is no other alternative than euthanasia, but there is. There are ways to promote adoption, raise money at events, and lower costs for spaying and neutering. 

Maybe I am of the minority and believe my dogs to be more than just a dog. To me, they are my heart and soul. They are the things I cannot wait to come home to, and that love me unconditionally. They have more love and emotion than some people give them credit for.

Please spread the word to adopt a rescue dog. Yes, they might have issues because of what they have been through, but they seem to appreciate and love their owners so much. There are so many scared, sad and lovable dogs in shelters that want nothing more than to find someone to show them what love is — something they do not have from a human right now.

Find adoptable animals through Hillsborough County Animal Services or Dogma Pet Rescue.

Rose Anzaldi May 28, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I saw this story on the news and it breaks my heart...shame on Hernando County for allowing this to happen.....in many cases a pet is all a human has to love and for it to be treated this way is just sickening. I had to put my dog down two years ago...I live in Hillsborough County....my regular vet was closed that day and I was referred to another vet...they took me in right away, explained everything to me and allowed my boyfriend and I to be there with our precious Ditto. We had her cremated and when she was ready, they gave us a call...they handed her ashes over to me in a beautiful wood box. That box was placed inside another one with a ribbon on it....they handled Ditto's death with compassion and understanding. She just wasn't some dumb animal who has no feelings. Please people, if you are reading this...adopt...don't shop....you won't be disappointed!
Shelly Maslak May 28, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Thank you for your comment Rose. I am sorry for the loss of your baby Ditto, and glad that the vet treated her and you with all the respect.
Brian Kalish September 11, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I, too, saw this story and every time I hear a story like this it makes me sad to be part of the human race that can do this to God's creatures. However, the best thing to do, as a human who wants to help is to advocate adoption. Animals, most of them, have unwavering love for those who show them affection and care for their needs...even if it is feeding them, giving them water or the occassional scratch behind their ears. Remember, aminals ruled the Earth well before we came along. The least we can do is use our power of choice and choose to care for them or help find those who will. My wife and I have a soft spot for animals and there are 2 SWEET stray cats who have become enamoured with us. We can't bring them into our house as we have a dog that isn't really happy about other animals. But, we do feed them and give them water and I spend a lot of time petting them and giving them love and attention. They are brothers from a litter from up the street. I want to take them somewhere so they can get adopted together. ya really can't split up siblings that have been together so long. If you know someone who wants them...please contact me at briankalish@yahoo.com. They both seem full grown, love attention, they are orange-ish with stripes. They seem pretty healthy from what I have noticed.


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