I was both outraged and deeply saddened after reading the story about a dog in Chicago who was set loose by her guardians (who said they they couldn’t care for her any longer) and then beaten bloody by a group of children wielding baseball bats and broom sticks.
This didn’t have to happen to this dog if her guardians would have done the right thing.
Pets are a lifetime commitment and not one to be taken lightly. As a guardian of your pet, it’s your responsibility to care of that animal for the duration of it’s lifetime which means providing it with the love, care, food, water, and medical attention it needs, and deserves. For better or worse, through good times and bad, through having children, divorces, and lost jobs as a pet guardian you have taken an unspoken oath of dedication and commitment to their care and well being.
Pets are not Christmas presents nor should they be whim decisions. Giving up your pet should be your LAST resort.
I understand that tragic things happen and there are certain situations in which giving up your pet is inevitable. However, I also think those situations are rare and when they do occur there are options available.
The dog in Chicago would have received a much better fate if her family would have taken her to a shelter or asked friends and family members if they could care for the dog.
According to the article,
Lashon Johnson — identified by police by her maiden name, Parks — said she tried. She called Animal Care and Control when the family began moving last week. But with no transportation, she was told it would take two weeks for authorities to come get the dog.
Brad Powers, assistant to the director of Animal Care and Control, said a family would never have to wait two weeks.
“If we receive a call and they’re made aware to bring the animal in and they explain that’s impossible, we handle that immediately,” he said Sunday.
Johnson, 42, said she wasn’t aware there were other shelters and organizations, such as the Anti-Cruelty Society and PAWS Chicago, to call.
But Robyn Barbiers, president of the Anti-Cruelty Society, said her organization is able to pick up animals and has heard anecdotally that 311 operators sometimes refer callers to the Anti-Cruelty Society.
“Give your animal a chance — take it to a shelter,” she urged.
Barbiers is absolutely right. If you can’t care for your pet the least you can do is giving them a fighting chance by trying to find a permanent home for them yourself or by contacting one of the many animal shelters, or welfare and adoption agencies that exist in your community.