Animal abuse is condemnable, and more so when it happens at a place where it is the least supposed to happen. But it does happen at animal shelters, one painful example being the recent traumatizing treatment of a sick dog in North Carolina.
As Fixinc reported, the heartless treatment of a male Shih Tzu dog took place on July 12 in Person County’s shelter, NC, where an employee of the shelter shot cold hose water at the sick dog afflicted by parvo and having bloody diarrhea. Instead of getting timely treatment by a vet, the employee thought it better to remove the “stink”. This treatment did for the dog what the sickness would take longer to do – lead him to death by loss of body temperature.
By the time the dog was taken to a vet, following a rescuer’s call, it had lost all its body warmth and ultimately lost its life after a few hours of lying in a half-dead state. His death has raised the big question of why many of these shelters – ideally, places of security and comfort – are far from coming true to their purpose, i.e., saving lives of otherwise helpless creatures.
The victim of this fatal treatment was named “Justice” by his rescuers while he was still alive and struggling for his life at the vet’s clinic. Now that is what animal rights advocates are demanding for him – justice.
An online petition has been launched at Change.org asking animal cruelty investigator Michael Fuqua to Fire and bring charges of animal cruelty to adoption agent/volunteer coordinator Kay Farrell of the concerned shelter.