Earlier this year a young Rottweiler showed up at “Kim’s” home- finding the owners didn’t want him she took him in to find him a home; only to find a neighbor then claimed the dog as theirs. Following removal of the dog and failure to keep the dog home and away from her rabbits Kim took the dog to the Humane Society in the county and alerted the breed rescue. The Rottweiler had been killed within the hour it seems as the rescue was told no Rottweilers had been brought in.
The Walker County (Alabama) Humane Society is not a friend to dogs. With a previously stated policy of killing any “pitbulls” that come in as well as a policy requiring dogs be brought in at the end of the day with 55 cages full all the time it’s puzzling then why there are no dogs available for adoption listed on their website. Further a search on petfinder and a free shelter list also showed no dogs available.
Only one shed tears for the Rottweiler. The latest victim of the policy to be public is Boost. When he escaped his owner Marcus Campbell was relieved to find the collar provided a clue he was someone’s pet. An older couple found the dog and took him to the Walker County Humane Society, apparently believing the boxer would be safe until his owner came. Boost was taken to the shelter at about 4 in the afternoon and his owner was waiting to claim him the next morning before the shelter opened. Instead Executive Director Lane Reno had killed the purebred boxer a half hour after he was dropped off. He was deemed a pitbull mix, deemed to be “moody” and without an owner so therefore even with a collar on no one could possibly be looking for the dog, so he was killed.
The owner told the local news “You know I was thinking it was a place where they could take him and I could find him, but he wasn’t even there 24 hours.” The law requires that pet owners be notified when their pet isimpounded, or after 7 days they are put up for adoption. There is no leash law in the county. Alabama code also requires all counties to have a suitable pound – which this one doesn’t.
There is some belief that Boost was sold, something the Humane Society denies.
Campbell hired attorney Brett Wadsworth who filed a civil lawsuit against the Walker County Humane Society, Walker County and Executive Director Lane Reno for violations of the law in killing Boost. Maybe it’ll be enough change to prevent other dogs from being killed instead of returned. If there was no room for the obviously owned dog (not a stray) they should have refused to take him rather than opportunity to kill another pet.
All those “unwanted dogs” statistics – remember these dogs are in those statistics. They, too, were not unwanted.