Resident: Shelter left dog for dead

Resident: Shelter left dog for dead

There are 16 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Sep 21, 2009, titled Resident: Shelter left dog for dead. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

Officials have raised concerns about the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter after a resident claimed it left a dog for dead.

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Selene Rand

Covina, CA

#1 Sep 21, 2009
I think the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter should be investigated, not only for this incident, but for all the sick animals that come out of it. A few months ago, my niece's dog 'escaped' from the backyard and, after two days, found him at the shelter. Before he was allowed to leave, my niece had to have him neutered or they would not release him. Then, after having him home for a couple of days, he became very ill. He was extremely lethargic and coughed and choked throughout the days. My niece took him to her vet. After telling them about the previous days, they rolled their eyes and said that this happens all the time with Baldwin Park Shelter animals that are released. My niece's dog became so ill, that I was worried he'd die. Treatments, vet visits and medications cost over $1000.00 - but, all animal lovers spend what they must to save their pets. He finally started recovering after about a month of intense medication therapy.

I don't think my niece should have been forced to have her dog neutered in order to be released. He's a purebred and she might have wanted to use him as a stud. She had no choice in the matter.

Baldwin Park Animal Shelter should be shut down and rebuilt...starting with a new facility and a new staff. This place is worse than no shelter at all.
rich

San Dimas, CA

#2 Sep 21, 2009
ok They will pick it up and leave it in the truck until they make there way back to the shelter ,this happen to my dog.
joey

San Dimas, CA

#3 Sep 21, 2009
I CALLED WHEN A CAT WAS HIT BY A CAR AND BLEEDING ON SIDE WALK,IT WAS NOT PICK UP UNTIL TWO DAYS LATER.
mrmondaydb

United States

#4 Sep 21, 2009
These county employees don't care about the animals. There just plain LAZY
Serg

Westminster, CA

#5 Sep 21, 2009
I agree they should be investigated. I called them about a dead dog in my neighbors front yard, they took over a week to respond. My wife called at least twice a day, and she received the same answer We're on our way. The funny thing is that after they finally picked it up we got a visit from a shelter worker asking us if our dogs were registered and if not, that we had to register them and pay a fine.
Valerie Almaraz

Anaheim, CA

#6 Sep 21, 2009
I used to live in West Covina and would have to call the Baldwin Park Shelter whenever I spotted a dead animal in the road. It was usually on the way to work in the early A.M. Almost every single time, the animal was still there on the way home from work in the late afternoon. Sometimes, the animal would be there for days before they responded. And I have actually been to this shelter, and the conditions are deplorable. It is really too bad that there aren't more private animal shelters that could and would provide better care for these poor animals.
County Resident

United States

#7 Sep 21, 2009
We have had TERRIBLE response from this shelter when we call about an animal loose in our neighborhood! The response is always the same: "we have limited staff". So that means they should ignore animals out loose on a busy street just waiting to get hurt or killed?
We will never again adopt a cat from this shelter either as we had 3 kittens die days after adopting them! After each one they told us we could choose another at no cost since the animal died. In the end we gave up our payment and said forget it since it was too hard to keep watching animals die!

voluptuousgrl

“AMBIVALENT”

Since: Aug 08

BIG BAD CITY

#8 Sep 21, 2009
THIS IS SAD
KTaylor

Sierra Madre, CA

#9 Sep 21, 2009
Unfortunately, situations like this seem to be the norm, not the exception in the San Gabriel Valley and outlying areas. I challenge anyone who thinks otherwise to take a drive through Pomona on any day of the week. Sure, animal control officers could have responded faster, but why was the dog loose in the first place? Shelters are overcrowded with unwanted animals and staff are overworked. Rather than placing blame, find solutions for overwhelmed shelters by providing incentives for owners to spay and neuter their pets. Investing money on the front end (low-cost spay neuter programs) will save taxpayers money on the back end and will certainly reduce animal suffering.
KTaylor

Sierra Madre, CA

#10 Sep 21, 2009
Valerie Almaraz wrote:
I used to live in West Covina and would have to call the Baldwin Park Shelter whenever I spotted a dead animal in the road. It was usually on the way to work in the early A.M. Almost every single time, the animal was still there on the way home from work in the late afternoon. Sometimes, the animal would be there for days before they responded. And I have actually been to this shelter, and the conditions are deplorable. It is really too bad that there aren't more private animal shelters that could and would provide better care for these poor animals.
"Private shelters" are typically non-profit organizations that are on shoestring budgets, struggling to pay for food and medical care for the animals they agree to provide shelter for. A pro-active way to encourage the survival of such organizations would be to make donations of money or pet food to help keep them going. A quick internet search of private shelters in the area should give you plenty of shelters to choose from.
KTaylor

Sierra Madre, CA

#11 Sep 21, 2009
Selene Rand wrote:
I think the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter should be investigated, not only for this incident, but for all the sick animals that come out of it. A few months ago, my niece's dog 'escaped' from the backyard and, after two days, found him at the shelter. Before he was allowed to leave, my niece had to have him neutered or they would not release him. Then, after having him home for a couple of days, he became very ill. He was extremely lethargic and coughed and choked throughout the days. My niece took him to her vet. After telling them about the previous days, they rolled their eyes and said that this happens all the time with Baldwin Park Shelter animals that are released. My niece's dog became so ill, that I was worried he'd die. Treatments, vet visits and medications cost over $1000.00 - but, all animal lovers spend what they must to save their pets. He finally started recovering after about a month of intense medication therapy.
I don't think my niece should have been forced to have her dog neutered in order to be released. He's a purebred and she might have wanted to use him as a stud. She had no choice in the matter.
Baldwin Park Animal Shelter should be shut down and rebuilt...starting with a new facility and a new staff. This place is worse than no shelter at all.
I respectfully disagree with your comment that the dog should not have been neutered prior to release. Pet overpopulation (thanks to backyard breeders, not legit breeders) is the reason shelters are struggling to provide decent levels of care for unwanted animals.
jose

United States

#12 Sep 21, 2009
KTaylor wrote:
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I respectfully disagree with your comment that the dog should not have been neutered prior to release. Pet overpopulation (thanks to backyard breeders, not legit breeders) is the reason shelters are struggling to provide decent levels of care for unwanted animals.
ok bob barker, I dont care I would not do that to my dog...
Vince Perez

Studio City, CA

#13 Sep 21, 2009
Selene Rand wrote:
I think the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter should be investigated, not only for this incident, but for all the sick animals that come out of it. A few months ago, my niece's dog 'escaped' from the backyard and, after two days, found him at the shelter. Before he was allowed to leave, my niece had to have him neutered or they would not release him. Then, after having him home for a couple of days, he became very ill. He was extremely lethargic and coughed and choked throughout the days. My niece took him to her vet. After telling them about the previous days, they rolled their eyes and said that this happens all the time with Baldwin Park Shelter animals that are released. My niece's dog became so ill, that I was worried he'd die. Treatments, vet visits and medications cost over $1000.00 - but, all animal lovers spend what they must to save their pets. He finally started recovering after about a month of intense medication therapy.
I don't think my niece should have been forced to have her dog neutered in order to be released. He's a purebred and she might have wanted to use him as a stud. She had no choice in the matter.
Baldwin Park Animal Shelter should be shut down and rebuilt...starting with a new facility and a new staff. This place is worse than no shelter at all.
Question: did your niece's dog have a license? If it had a license, you probably would have been informed sooner once it had been brought to the shelter. Then again, if she had wanted to keep it "for breeding" she would have had to pay more to license it, I believe, but then it wouldn't have had to be neutered at the shelter. Then again, maybe if everybody licensed their pets (payed their "fair share") and acted like adults we wouldn't be having this discussion.
F Flynn

Acton, CA

#14 Sep 23, 2009
The Baldwin park animal shelter is completely worthless. I asked for them to contact a new neighbor with 3 barking dogs, as I could not use my back yard all summer. There would be CONTINUOUS barking for up to 6 hours countless times--with my waiting for the owners to come home in the middle of the night so we could finally sleep. The dogs seemed to have "separation anxiety" and would pace and bark until the owners returned home. With no response at the lower level, I asked for someone at a higher level. I never got to speak to anyone. It would seem they only have an answer service. The Covina police department responded to my pleas numerous times--evidently they were able to solve my problem with that particular neighbor. I feel sorry for an injured animal in this jurisdiction, as the society seems to be inhumane.
Richard

AOL

#15 Sep 28, 2009
I called them to check on a neighbor's dog who howled and cried day and night. I never saw the dog. And, I never saw the neighbors who owned it. The dog was locked up behind a six foot wall. It was very hot and I was concerned that the dog may not have food or water. They never checked on the dog. I had to contact the Los Angeles County Supervisors. They finally came out. But, they just left a notice on the neighbor's door. Now, the dog is gone.
scrappy cat

North Hollywood, CA

#16 Jun 30, 2012
Good grief! Your niece should pay a hefty fine for not neutering her dog and for contributing to the endless numbers of dogs euthanized due to ignorant people and to lack of homes. Shame on her for taking up a precious kennel at the shelter - it most definitely cost another dog it's life! She should consider herself very luck to have her dog back. Guess what - chocking has nothing to do with post neuter surgery. I think your niece should re-evaluate how she cares for her pet and pay closer attention. Let's hope this was a wake up call.
For the record, I have dealt with this shelter for years, rescuing animals and have never had one single complaint. Maybe you and your niece could stop complaining and start contributing to the solution.

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