Saturday, November 19, 2011. When Columbus Animal Care & Control (CACC) opened this morning, I was ready to help Sara with Antevasin Photography, capture some fantastical pet photos to grab the attention of some adopters and rescuers!
The first dog we had the pleasure of meeting, was “Tag #34″, a female pit mix, white with brown spots. We took her outside and let her go potty on the grass, something she hadn’t been able to do since she was impounded nine days ago. She was a bit timid at first, but she ran around and was able to stretch her legs. She ran to us when we called her, and she came in close to be touched. I held her squishy face in my hands saying “Look at that face!” like I often do. She was gentle and sweet, healthy and full of life.
I’m calling this girl Lilly. She deserves at the very least, a name. When we finished with her photo session, Lilly walked back to her kennel calmly, she gave me no trouble whatsoever. She followed me in and I knelt down to remove her slip lead. I told her she was such a good girl. Hours after the above photo was taken, she was dead. Her life was taken away from her today. Lilly was killed with our tax dollars. Her body will be taken to the landfill with countless others, out near the prison, off Shatulga Rd in Columbus, GA.
What were you doing today, while this was happening? I was watching TV. It’s a pretty terrible feeling… knowing that her last days were spent in a warehouse full of barking dogs, on a cold concrete floor with no bed and no human interaction… Yet it’s comforting, to think that something as simple as taking a dog outside for a few minutes, letting her actually act like a dog, and simply petting her affectionately, was surely a positive experience in those final moments of her life. How can anybody NOT want to do that for these animals?
Why wouldn’t somebody try just a little bit harder, to make even the smallest improvement in the life of another living being, one that is in their care, and who’s life they themselves will be ending?
This article was written Sept 22nd, the same day the Mayor held a press conference announcing her Save A Pet Program. It states, “Now pets will only be put down if a vet says they need to because they are sickly and in pain or by court order for a dangerous animal.” Well ask yourselves – why did Lilly have to die? She wasn’t sick, and she wasn’t vicious. Still, the decision was made, to take Lilly’s life. I know, I know, it’s a difficult decision to make and “nobody wants to do it”, it’s only logical that we remove it from the equation altogether! We don’t want the decision to be made at all, so instead we start with the decision to NOT KILL, then we go from there! Columbus’ rescue community is large, and when we need something done, it happens!
A litter of orphaned day-old puppies, now being raised by a surrogate mom thanks to 2nd Avenue Vet! A tornado literally rips through Harris County Animal Control, all animals got out safe thanks to local Rescues! A litter of puppies that survived that tornado is currently being treated for Parvo (and yes, their lives are worth it!), thanks to Animal Ark Rescue! These stories and more, all thanks to our own community! Do not underestimate the power of compassion.
When CACC opened this morning, there were 6 empty runs, 5 of which were the long open runs (no wall/guillotine through the center, seperating sides). Remember, CACC uses the Kuranda beds in only the 8 long runs (giving countless reasons as to why they “can’t” use the beds in the regular runs) – 5 of those, and one regular run was empty this morning.
About the Kuranda beds, Thursday 11/17, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said on her facebook page, “Some of them are so large, they block the door to the 2 sides and take up valuable space where we can put additional animals to increase are capacity. Surely, you do not want a bed to take the place of an animal’s life we are trying to save.”. Good God. Now she’s saying that they double up dogs in kennels, suggesting that the beds would decrease capacity, when in fact, CACC does NOT EVER (or maybe very rarely, do they) double-up – at the suggestion of the city vet, Dr. Seward – in an effort to decrease the spread of disease (dogs that are impounded together are kept together, but nobody is introduced to another dog while there). It’s quite disturbing, thinking that our own Mayor is holding us emotionally hostage, “Surely, you do not want a bed to take the place of an animal’s life we are trying to save” Is she really using these animal’s lives, animals like Lilly whose faces she never see’s, whose lives are often lost, to justify their own decision to NOT use the beds!?! Because I think that is what is happening!!! But, I’m even more disturbed when I realise, that there were seven empty runs when I left CACC around noon today, and still 3 dogs (that we know of) were killed!
I get it though, they HAVE to kill them… but listen. You won’t HAVE to kill them if you just implement these programs. It’s not that hard, just commit to it and let us make it happen, because we will. We will make sh*t happen.
Help Save a Life! View and Share today’s photo’s and more ACC animals photographed by Antevasin Photography in this album on facebook, or e-mail them to your friends! Tell them about Columbus animal rescue, and how they can help!