How Baytown Animal Control Killed My Neighbors Cat

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Brownsboro, TX

#1 Mar 15, 2010
On February 15 Baytown Animal Control picked up my neighbor's cat from our trailer park on Highway 146 North and took it to the city animal shelter . The cat, a black cat , had a COLLAR WITH A TAG ON IT. A week or so later, February 23, the lady in charge of the Shelter calls my neighbor and says, "Hey your cat is at the shelter you need to come down and pick it up." My neighbor immediately drives to the shelter and the pleasant polite lady running the place says, "Sorry, we killed your cat half an hour ago."
To be clear: She calls, after a week, with charges going up every day, and says come get your cat and then she kills the cat. A cat with a blue collar, ID tag and phone number.
This is the women in charge of the place mind you.
Now you would tend to think that if you worked in private business and called some one to get their animal and then killed their pet you would probably lose your job or at least be disciplined. Not in the City of Baytown: the pleasant,polite, and clueless lady running the shelter is the CITY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!
This must be "the new direction" the Health Director wants to take Animal Control.
When is the city council going to start paying attention to what is going on at the animal shelter?
Questions? A simple public information request at city hall will give you all the particulars.

Baytown, TX

#2 Mar 24, 2010
Oh my gosh... that kind of happened to us. A few years ago a little girl put her hand in our fence and our dog bit her. So animal control came and picked him up and they said they would notify us when we could go pick him up. About a week passed by and no word so we went to the shelter to see what was going on and when we asked for him the lady at the front said he had been sent to houston that same morning to be put to sleep. And she actually scolded us for not having checked up on him earlier. I never did understand why, since they did get our number that day, they didnt call us before or let us know anything.
just curious

Houston, TX

#3 Mar 30, 2010
it makes you wonder what type of qualifications are required to be an employee there! i mean just the basic high school diploma or maybe some college? i doubt she has had any people skills or should would have handled the situation with more understanding and some sort of human kindness!
i can only imagine what your neighbor must have felt! Seems that employee must have not taken the proper steps to notify your neighbor in a timely manner. we saw some horrible sights when we stopped in one day. One dog had a hurt leg and seemed like no one cared about it! Seems they are kept for so many days so the owners are possibly located then if no luck they are put up for adoption or euth.
Pet Friendly

Houston, TX

#4 Apr 14, 2010
If the owners can't take care of their pets then "give em' the needle".

I have a dog and cat and don't have any problems.

Baytown, TX

#5 Apr 18, 2010
If the pound would put pics of all the animals they have in their shelter & then add the ones they pic up each day, there would be more animals reunited with their families instead of being killed. I was in there the other day & there were lots of animals, but they keep posting the same 5 dogs every day. I can't leave my job every day to check for my dog I was told NOT to rely on a phone conversation. Please if you have lost a pet,and have the time. GO THERE & CHECK DAILY!!

United States

#6 Apr 26, 2010
Pet Friendly"]If the owners can't take care of their pets then "give em' the needle".
I have a dog and cat and don't have any problems.
Your poor animals. You probably "love" them by tying them up in rhe back yard and leaving them.
onewhoknowsbette r

United States

#7 May 8, 2010
Well the cat was put down because the not so smart officer who picked the cat up did not do his job correctly, he put the cat in the ferrel cat cages and hid the collar behind the papers that give information on the animals when picked up. He then did not communicate with the supervisor what and where or anything about the cat. So with that officer not doing his job correctly other officers made a mistake and put the cat down. Since that happened the officer that was not doing a good job has been dismissed because of other in humane things he has done, I think that man is the one who started this post
Baytown Animal Owner

Lees Summit, MO

#8 Jan 17, 2011
IT IS CALLED RESPONSIBILITY PEOPLE!!!!! If you decide to take on the responsibility of owning a pet and do so only on a part time basis then you should not be allowed to care for a pet. I am a pet owner and breeder. I have been so for 15 years and have had no issues EVER! If you live in an area or neighborhood where people also reside then as an owner you must respect the boundaries that they inhabit (meaning taking corrective action to keep your pet off of their property). And if you are the type that say they are just animals and have the right to roam as they please; then you have an irresponsible theory of being a pet owner. "YOU" are the owner that has subjected this roaming or unruly pet into the neighborhood and area of others and should be held responsible for its actions just as parents are responsible for their children in every aspect of life as a minor. You are the guardian of this pet and allowing it to infringe on others is truly a sad affair toward anyone such as responsible pet owners and others who decide not to partake on this responsibility of owning a pet. So do you truly care and love for your pet? Or do you just think you do? Because those who take action to correct the issue are involving themselves more than you; the one who does not know where or what your pet is doing the majority of the day!
Kevin Miller

Baytown, TX

#9 Apr 10, 2012
I've had NOTHING but bad experiences with BAC. I rescue animals, pulling them from euth at shelters just like Baytown. It's a shame that our shelter in Baytown is soooo bad I refuse to step foot in there again. I save dogs from BARC, Montgomery County & all over...just not from BAC. They do not care about the animals and will not work with anyone in order to help an animal in their 'care.' As a rescuer I can say anyone BREEDING dogs should be forced to obtain a license and adhere to strict guidelines (like only being able to sell spay/neutered pets to APPROVED homes, for one). One 'backyard' litter wipes out at least six months of the hard work I do to save animal's lives and it's got to change on a political level before any significant good can be done. Why buy a dog from a breeder or pet store when there are hundreds of that SAME DOG sitting in shelters or on the streets just WISHING they had a good home to go to. ADOPT, SPAY & NEUTER!!! And stop breeding!!! PLEASE!!!

United States

#10 Jun 22, 2012
This place is rude and the guy that works there does not know dog jumped the fence...its 6ft mind you...about a week and a half ago and we searched everywhere for him...i called the baytown animal shelter and described my dog and the guy said no dogs there match...a couple days later i went in the shelter and wouldn't you know the minute you walk in the door in the second cage sat my dog he'd been there the day after he got out...i had called two days after he was gone...the guy tried to charge me for him being there that long and told him no cause you told me he wasn't..also i took him to the vet the next day to get him looked at and he now has kennel cough!! when i phoned the shelter to tell them the guy said he didn't care and hung up!! this place needs to be shut down!! how horrible and kennel cough is contagious so probably all dogs there have it...its from poorly ventilated cages...this place is disgusting!!
Dog lover

Baytown, TX

#11 Aug 31, 2012
I got my dog from that animal shelter and hes the best dog in the world! Also, our good friend works there and he's very nice!

United States

#12 Nov 6, 2013
i have called the dog pound not one two or three times but five in the last two weeks to take care of a small but ferucious ankle bitter on Adoue St.& 2nd but for some reason they claim they cant find the dog, I give them the correct address each time . but still I get bitten each time the dog sees me .What am I to do ? I know what I would like to do but..... Just do your job , no one has ever been out to get the dog or speak to the dog owner.I guess I should just may a sign for my truck and do the job myself. Thanks for letting me vent , Eddie the Baytown resident with three dog bites.

Highlands, TX

#13 Apr 22, 2014
"YOU" as a breeder are contributing to the pet overpopulation that we currently have. Breeders are one of the MAIN reason so many animals on shelters are being killed! You're not a pet lover! You make money out of pets! You negatively impact the chances of a homeless getting adopted.

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