I hate to play devil’s advocate here, because I do believe that what the Humane Society did was wrong. Never have I ever seen an animal euthanized so quickly after being surrendered.
However, She did choose to give Lucy up. She choose to not hire a trainer, a dog walker, or buy a crate. She choose not to spend the 30$ that would allow her to reclaim Lucy if she did change her mind.
You have to understand, I spend hours and hours at a shelter every week. And if you’re bringing in an elderly dog with health issues, or a dog you didn’t socialize, a dog that bites, a destructive chewer, or a dog that YOU left chained in your backyard for years, there’s a pretty good chance your dog will be euthanized. Even at shelters where they push no-kill.
We can, in no good conscious, adopt a dog out that constantly bites, or who is too scared to approach people and may strike out when cornered.
Do I agree with it? Not always.
If every shelter had unlimited space, unlimited funds, unlimited foster homes, and an unlimited amount of professional trainers and behaviorists, then damn it, I’d be right there on the front lines screaming for a no-kill nation. But they don’t, so I can’t.
Your dogs problems are pretty much always a direct result of your ownerships failures and successes. So think about that next time a tired-looking girl at the front desk of the shelter hands you a surrender sheet and shakes her head.
At the end of the day, you’re the ones dumping your problems on us. You took no responsibility in your dog ownership, and then you couldn’t even have the balls to take the responsibility of euthansia. Good job buddy.
So no. What the Humane Society did was completely insane and out of line. But anyone who actually researched the Humane Society knows their a total crock anyway.
But on the other hand, the owner should also be held responsible. Lucy’s separation anxiety might have been fixed by simply crate training her. She could have gone to a breed-specific rescue that could adequately assess and fix her destructive behavior. Lucy could have been given more time to grow out of her puppyhood.
There were options out there. Unfortunately, Lucy’s owner did not take them.
Lucy is now gone. But hopefully this will help other owners realize that their dogs are their responsibility, and yes, surrendering a dog to a shelter is no sure-fire way their dog will be adopted out to a nice family with a fenced in yard.
It sucks. But until owners are held to a higher standard, as well as shelters and those who staff them - there will always be Lucy’s.