May 4, 2011
This is a very sad story to report, but we are doing so to help raise awareness for change some animal rescue folks are hoping to make in Harris County. Guest Rescuer, Michele Beauchamp, of Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas, shares Hope’s story, with a call to action to support their desire for change. There is a photo of Hope below; it is difficult to see because her leg is obviously very injured and in need of medical care. Where is the compassion for the innocent animals entrusted to the care of municipal shelters? The local investigative reporter that has been covering this story will air his findings tonight; details follow below in Michele’s post. There is also a list of Harris County public officials and their phone numbers listed below; even if you are not in Harris County, let them know what you think about their policies and the compassionate change needed for innocent animals like Hope.
Justice for Hope, Hope for the Other Animals at the Shelter
Hope was a basset at Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (Harris County). She was a stray that was picked up severely injurged- leg almost severed, internal injuries, etc. She was posted to PetFinder and Basset Buddies called and tried in vain to get her released early ( they have a 72 hour stray hold). Calls were made to the director of the shelter, county commissioners, even the Mayor’s offfice and still no one would allow Hope to be pulled early. She was considered property and they insisted that the stray hold was in effect. When Hope’s stray hold expired, Saturday at 4pm, our volunteer picked her up and rushed her to a private vet. After a comprehensive exam, it was determined that Hope was dying. She had internal injuries, infection of the leg had spread throughout her body and even amputing the leg would do no good- she was too far gone. Our wonderful volunteer sat with her, held her head and kissed her goodbye as she went to the Rainbow Bridge. This was the most compassion and love that she had seen. We decided at that time that a dog should never have to suffer like this again. Hope was not the first basset that was pulled from HCPHES that had to be put down immediately- they are seen once by a vet and then left, they are not treated while at the shelter.
What we are trying to do is get the stray hold changed so that rescues can treat the dogs and give them a fighting chance. Treatment will be done at the rescues expense- we will not put the dog down until after the stray hold expires but we can give them medication to make them comfortable and start treatment to heal them. Should an owner step forward the dog would be released back to them at no charge to the owner for any vet bills. The idea is to give the dogs a fighting chance at life. We would also like for HCPHES to vaccinate (distemper and DHPP) when a rescue tags them- again this will be paid by the rescue even if the owner comes forward.
Randy Wallace has been working undercover for over a month on this story. Many of the other shelters allow us to pull before the stray hold is up so that the animals can be given immediate medical attention and saving their lives, Harris County needs to do the same. We hope that people who see this story will join us in the fight to stop this ridiculous rule and will join us in Commissioners Court to have this changed.
This will give Justice to HOPE and HOPE to all the others sitting at the shelter that need medical attention.
Randy Wallace the undercover investigator who has been working diligently on this case for over a month will be airing his story tonight on FOX 26 ( Houston area) at the 9pm evening news. Commissioners Court is going to be on the 17th of May.
|VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION|
|281-999-3191||Division Director||Dawn Blackmar DVM||612 Canino Rd.||77076|
|281-999-3191||Field Operations Supervisor||Marianne Hay||612 Canino Rd.||77076|
|281-999-8531||Health Education Coordinator||Colleen Hodges||612 Canino Rd.||77076|
|281-999-3191||Shelter Opeations Administrator||Danielle Acosta||612 Canino Rd.||77076|
|281-999-3191||Veterinary Operations Supervisor||612 Canino Rd.||77076|
|281-847-1911||Fax-Animal Control||612 Canino Rd.||
Editor’s Note: It can’t be said often enough …
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
– Mahatma Gandhi