Today was “Clear the Shelters” day when dogs across the nation got adopted for free. The idea was to empty the shelter and get dogs and cats into good homes. But for this dog, a county shelter in Tampa, Florida make sure that wouldn’t happen.
This was written by a volunteer:
“This is Pickle. His owners left him at the shelter June 11. He’s only one year old. He was so shy when he got there, then learned to greet people as they passed him by. A beautiful boy.
Today Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center decided to kill him. Only him. I don’t think his kennel was needed. They had 29 adoptions of dogs today, only 17 new dogs came in. They said the Community Deemed him Unadoptable. CDU. Because no one came for him. The last photo was from yesterday. It breaks my heart again tonight. I wonder who or why they decided he couldn’t have a chance tomorrow, so many more people come on the weekends.”
So why would the shelter kill just one dog when there were empty cages? No one knows and the folks at Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center don’t respond well to questions.
Pickles was a handsome dog. He was opening up to people and he was young. He deserved more of a chance to find a family and live a long, happy life. What he didn’t deserve was to have his life ended, unnecessarily, when there were empty kennels. He could have been given a chance.
Their lobby is beautiful, but it camouflages the misery in which the dogs must live without any cooling or sufficient fans in their kennels. Please contact the Board of Commissioners if you live in Hillsborough County and demand changes. Demand that competent management be installed. Demand that there be an adoption application. Demand that the “Do Not Adopt” list be kept updated and checked before allowing people to adopt. Demand that rabies certificates be carefully kept track of. Demand that spay and neuter programs become an important part of the shelter’s job.
There needs to be more accountability in this county. The residents need to demand it.