Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dog Tag program helping soldiers, another Lucas County update

The Washington Humane Society has an awesome partnership with the Walter Reed Medical Center - soldiers recovering at the medical center can hook up with the shelter and help train the dogs. It's a win-win situation, really. Their Dog Tags program invites soldiers into the shelter where they learn about dog-behavior, training and then work one-on-one for six months with a dog. The benefits are obvious - better trained and more adoptable dog, calmer and happier healing soldiers. THere is also a mention of one of the participatns taking his dog, a pit bull, to the Metropolitan Police Department and teaching cadets about dog behavior and, oh yeah, pit bulls don't generally want to eat your face. (Correct me if I'm wrong - pit bulls no longer allowed at military bases, right?)

The Toledo Blade has another article about Lucas County Tom "Dog Killer" Skeldon. The article covers the death of 10 puppies killed the day after they arrived. The person who dropped off the puppies had rescued their mother, along with two other stray dogs. She gave birth while with him and he could not feasibly care for them all. He kept one puppy and found a home for another, then dropped the other 10 off at the shelter, in the hopes they would be adopted. They were about eight weeks old. All were killed. There is also another log of dogs killed and adopted - 15 killed, one adopted.

8 comments:

6p00d83451f90869e2 said...

I don't understand how anyone thinks that someone who has constantly defended his killing will possibly change their actions in order to end the killing that has gone on in Toledo for 20 years. How many more dogs are going to have to die senselessly before a change is made?!

Rinalia said...

I keep hoping with all the public pressure that something will tip. It's absolutely ridiculous this guy is still running a dog shelter.

EmilyandLulu said...

maybe time for another widget like the one Carol/Frogdogz did of the tiny puppy killed as "dangerous" after the Wilkes Cty dogfight bust... I really believe that played a role in HSUS changing its policy.

Rinalia said...

That's a good idea, Emily. I'll look into it!

EmilyS said...

widget should have pink toenails...

EmilyS said...

no widget needed!
http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2009/11/tom-skeldon-resigns-as-lucas-county-dog-warden.html

Rinalia said...

Thanks, Emily - awesome news!!

Kari in WeHo said...

that partnership sounds wonderful! heres to hoping it continues for quite some time