by Robert Hudson
This story is beyond sad. It is sickening. At Downey Animal Care Center in Los Angeles county, California, which is a high kill animal control shelter-the pound- that has been at odds with local rescue groups for years, a heart wrenching scene was caught on video tape. The shelter apparently took in the dog as a stray and when the owners came to the shelter, instead of coming to take the dog home, they snubbed their 2 year old shephard and came to adopt a different dog.
In the video the dogs former owners stand on the other side of the fence while their dog is so excited to see them she can barely contain herself, barking, yelping, tail wagging- and they keep walking. One of the internet media giants picked it up, and others followed. These stories and posts on Facebook from a volunteer at the shelter created an uproar in the Facebook rescue community.
Desi Lara, a volunteer at Downey posted the story
With her fast wagging tail seeing her owners Zuzu lite up like a Christmas Tree. She looked like the happiest dog. Yeah, she’s going home.
But No. Talking to her owners they told me they were not here to reclaim her, they were getting another dog. 😠
Zuzu’s father another GSD had just passed away and Zuzu was crying and heartbroken. She escaped her family’s yard and hopped the wall and got into her neighbors yard. The unhappy neighbor called Animal control and she ended up here.
And her owners were going to let her stay here.
Their reason was because she was crying and sad since her father passed away. She wasn’t a happy dog anymore. 😔
Their solutions for her unhappiness was just leaving her here! And go get another dog.
Glad she’s here now. That’s not love for her.
She was re-named Zuzu! After the daughter in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Why, because we are going to post, tag and share her and give her a New life. A wonderful life!
It is not know if the shelter allowed these heartless people to adopt another dog or not, but in an interview with the Huffington Post, Chris Kim, a public information officer for Los Angeles County’s animal control stated “We do have the option of not making the dog available to an owner … especially if we see [a potential owner] as seeing a pet as disposable.”
note: The shelter has taken down the video from their Facebook page, and removed the entire discussion of it. The volunteer who shot the video and did all the interviews with the national media outlets has removed the video from her own Facebook page and is no longer doing interviews. The county shelters of LA have always been closed mouthed with the press and really do not seem to like publicity that they cannot control. Lara posted that the family was not allowed to adopt another dog, although there is no confirmation of this anywhere. It was also announced that the dog was pulled out of the shelter by a rescue group, but no details of who the rescue is and how interested parties may go through the adoption process.
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