Staff at Walker County Humane Society in Jasper, Ala., euthanized a dog named Aries just two hours after his arrival at the shelter. Although Aries was a pit bull, a breed often discriminated against, these incidents occur way more often than they should — and to dogs of all breeds.
Sadly, Aries had a home and a loving family looking for him. Had the Humane Society waited a little longer, Aries’ owners could have gotten there before it was too late.
A petition has been created to enforce better policies — ensuring no one else’s lost pet is euthanized before their owner has a chance to reclaim them.
Petition creator Michelle Tildwell expresses her concerns with the shelter:
“The policies need to be changed at this facility and the city needs to provide funding to support these efforts to provide an adequate shelter. I, for one, am outraged by the lack of compassion shown to these family pets.”
Similar incidents in the past are proof that something must be done. A petition surfaced last year for Boost, a boxer reported to be euthanized at the Walker County Humane Society within minutes of arrival. He was brought in as a stray. As a result, the dog’s owner, who had not been contacted by the animal shelter, lost his loving companion.
It only seems right that an animal shelter work to protect and care for all animals — not put them to death before giving them a fair chance at life or possible adoption.
You can sign this petition if you feel something should be done to ensure the protection of animals sent to the Walker County Humane Society.
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