Saturday, July 17, 2010
Providence Animal Control Kills 21 Pit Bulls to "Control" Virus
As of this morning, his petfinder page is still available here.
Tiger is a 2-3 year old Pit Bull. He is friendly and energetic, and he really loves rope toys and fetchy games. Wouldn't he make a lovely addition to the family?
Too bad that Tiger was killed by Providence Animal Control (PAC). He and 20 other Pit Bulls were all "euthanized". The shelter claims it was to confine an outbreak of parvo, but appears to me that the PAC wanted a reason to kill the 21 Pit Bulls at their shelter.
All the non Pit Bull dogs are still in quarantine. They are still alive. There is still a chance that they will get to play fetchy games with a family...unlike Tiger.
Maybe PAC will prove me wrong by providing veterinary statements for those 21 Pit Bulls who were all killed. Maybe they all had a highly virulent form of CPV2 and were all symptomatic and at death's door. Maybe they did try supportive therapy, like fluids, to help rehydrate the dogs, only to find the dogs were all too far gone.
But my guess is they did not. My guess is they did not ask for supportive care treatment from area vets. My guess is they did not ask for donated fluid bags to at least TRY fluid therapy. My guess is they didn't get a lot of diagnostics done to ascertain the severity (the less severe and more common form of CPV2 has a 90% survival rate).
I'm okay being proven wrong on this one. I like to think shelters are there to help animals and will go the extra 1/4 mile to see that they survive. I like to think they don't go around killing treatable dogs based solely on their breed. So please, please prove me wrong Providence Animal Control. Please explain how 21 Pit Bulls are dead but 10 non Pit Bulls are still alive, even though they shared the same kennel space and breathed the same air as those 21 Pit Bulls.
Tiger, I'm sorry our shelter system failed you in the worst way. You deserved another 10-12 years of fetchy games and rope toys. You didn't deserve this.