In 1991, Britain passed the "Dangerous Dog" act in response to aggressive incidents involving uncontrolled dogs. The Act, which affects England, Wales and Scotland, bans ownership of certain breeds considered to be dangerous, most notably the Pit Bull Terrier, without specific exemption from a court.
Because of the act, dogs are being put to death for their appearance rather than any actual displays of aggression. Recently, a bulldog/Labrador mix named Lennox was killed after a dog warden said he was a Pit Bull. Hundreds of thousands of Dog lovers worldwide showed support for Lennox, and TV dog trainer Victoria Stilwell offered to fly Lennox to the U.S. at her expense, but the courts decided to put him down anyway. Neither bulldogs nor Labradors are on the dangerous breeds list.
Kota Kinabalu authorities are required to take stray dogs to an animal shelter, where they will receive care for at least 48 hours. Unfortunately, this regulation is not being respected. In response to recent complaints about strays, authorities approached a citizen and requested that he kill stray dogs with a blowpipe and poison darts. The shooter claims to have killed 5,000 dogs with his blowpipe since 2010.
Compared to euthanasia, blowpipes and poison darts are an extremely painful and terrifying way to kill an animal. The poison can take eight minutes to put a dog down, and dogs begin to vomit four minutes after being poisoned. This means that the animal is in excruciating pain before it dies. Stray dogs often belong to someone, and killing them on-sight prevents owners from claiming their lost pet at a shelter.
New York animal shelter Angel's Gate, founded in 1993 by Susan Marino, has a history of extreme animal neglect resulting in diseases and death. An undercover investigation of the facility exposed animal abuse on video, including animals being denied food and water, offered rancid meat, dead animal bodies left among live animals for days, animals with treatable infections and wounds being denied medication and veterinary care and animals confined to filthy, excrement-caked cribs.
Recently, a young paraplegic St. Bernard named Casey died at Angel's Gate after suffering a lengthy urinary tract infection. An undercover investigation found Casey covered in her own waste and left in a filthy crib without access to water.
Despite public outcry over a Utah shelter cat who survived two attempts to euthanize by gassing, most states still allow animals to be put down in archaic, cruel gas chambers. When euthanasia by gassing works, it can take up to 25 minutes to end an animal's life, and is especially cruel to large and medium sized dogs and young, old, pregnant or sick animals -- the majority of most shelter populations. Death by gassing is especially sad, as it prevents animals from being held and comforted in their last moments.
Gas chambers physically and psychologically harm shelter workers as well as animals; there is no excuse for this method of euthanasia to continue in any state. Running gas chambers is more expensive than comparatively quick and painless euthanasia by injection, leaving less money in the shelter's budget for taking care of animals and maintaining the facility.
Recovering heroin addict Daniel Dockery raised his kitten Scruffy from birth, hand-feeding him and letting him sleep on his pillow. Their relationship was symbiotic; as Dockery nurtured his pet, he found a sense of purpose that helped him overcome his drug addiction.
On December 8, 2011, Scruffy cut himself on a barbed-wire fence and sustained easily treatable, non-life-threatening lacerations. Concerned for the kitten's comfort and health, Dockery brought his pet to the Arizona Humane Society. Unable to pay the $400 vet bill, he signed his ownership rights away to ensure prompt treatment.
Two days after Christmas, Humane society officials confirmed that Scuffy was put down due to Dockery's inability to immediately pay the vet bill. Dockery's mother offered to pay the bill over the phone with a credit card or wire the money in so that Dockery could pay cash, but the clinic manager refused her offers. Dockery had also been receiving donations from sympathizers, but the clinic didn't want to wait.
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