Animal Shelter Puts Down Pitbull While In Labor And People Are Furious

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We all have our own favorites when it comes to dog breeds but in recent years, pit bulls have gained a significant amount of popularity. At the same time, they are also often looked at with some scrutiny as well. In some communities, they are considered dangerous creatures and cities across North America have been limiting the ability of their residents to keep them as pets.

This debate has certainly reached high levels with lawmakers, pitbull owners and animal activists getting involved. In the midst of it all an animal shelter managed to get caught in the crosshairs and what they did has outraged the public.

The Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare facility in Texas made a decision on May 10. There was a shelter pit bull that was euthanized while she was in labor. Soon after this occurred, the shelter decided to euthanize the puppies as well.

A volunteer at the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society first made the incident public.

“Need to write about something that I recently witnessed and found completely appalling and unacceptable,” she wrote. “I have found immense joy through my volunteering, and I have struggled with the potential pushback from speaking out.

“I have also sought to remedy wrongs through the proper channels. I have held on to this post, hoping that I would not have to share, but I cannot seem to get anywhere. Today, I am coming to the public for support”

A volunteer at the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society first made the incident public.

“Need to write about something that I recently witnessed and found completely appalling and unacceptable,” she wrote. “I have found immense joy through my volunteering, and I have struggled with the potential pushback from speaking out.

“I have also sought to remedy wrongs through the proper channels. I have held on to this post, hoping that I would not have to share, but I cannot seem to get anywhere. Today, I am coming to the public for support”

This volunteer is not alone in her frustration. The dog’s death was also brought up in an Amarillo City Council meeting held on June 6.

“You can not euthanize your way to eliminate specific animal breeds. We need fines in place for people who do not choose to spay or neuter,” said one Amarillo resident.

“The AAM&W department is one who has total face to face contact with the public and must have public trust in their judgment,” said another. “At this time, that trust in Mr. Havens and his department is completely compromised.”

Shelter director Richard Havens acknowledged the dog’s death, and stood by the shelter’s decision to euthanize her.

“The owner of the dog in question contacted 911 to state they had a vicious animal that was there’s [sic]. We responded after hours we took the animal into custody and then the following morning we ended up euthanizing it due to the nature of the call and the behaviors the animal exhibited,” Havens told radio station KMAR.

“With our limited budget we just simply can’t save all the animals,” Havens told KVII. “We’re doing the best we can to give them the best chance but when animals come in with behavior issues, those animals will be ultimately put down.”