Euthanasia for medical reasons or killing to create space at Hillsborough animal shelter?


EUTHANIZED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY’S ANIMAL SHELTER. CRITICS CHARGE THE PET RESOURCE CENTER IS BEING LESS THAN HONEST ABOUT THE ANIMALS IT KILLS. THEY CLAIM SOME DOGS AND CATS LABELED AS SICK WERE EUTHANIZED JUST TO CREATE SOME MORE SPACE AT THE SHELTER. STEVE ANDREWS IS HERE TONIGHT TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY WOULD DO SUCH A THING. IF YOU EUTHANIZE A HEALTHY DOG OR CAT, THAT REALLY MAKES THE NO KILL CROWD PRETTY UNHAPPY. ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE A MEMBER OF THAT COMMUNITY. SO MAYBE YOU TAKE STEPS TO MAKE SURE THE ANIMALS YOU PUT DOWN DON’T APPEAR HEALTHY. Reporter: THESE ARE THE FACES OF DOGS THAT SAT IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PET RESOURCE CENTER MONTH AFTER MONTH BECAUSE NO ONE WANTED THEM. ALL BUT TWO ARE NOW DEAD. WHY WERE THEY KILLED? VETERINARIAN DR. ALLEN ALLENTZ. IT’S VERY SUSPICIOUS, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE THE HISTORY OF COOKING THE BOOKS, AND FUNNELING THE NUMBERS THAT GOES ON OVER THERE. THIS SEEMS TO BE JUST ANOTHER CASE OF THAT. Reporter: HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSIONER KEN HAGUEEN, AND ADMINISTRATOR MIKE MERRIL WANT A KINDER, GENTLER POUND. BEST FRIENDS POLICY ON EUTHANASIA IS NO HEALTHY, OR OTHERWISE TREATABLE ANIMAL SHOULD BE KILLED WHEN ALTERNATIVES EXIST TO SAVE THEM. THESE DOCUMENTS WE’VE OBTAINED SHOW ON JUNE 8, 15 DOGS WERE SLATED TO DAY TO CREATE MORE SPACE. IT IS VERY MUCH FROWNED UPON TO EUTHANIZE A DOG FOR SPACE. THAT IS TABOO. Reporter: THE VERY NEXT DAY, THE REASON TO KILL THOSE DOGS CHANGED. THEY ALL DEVELOPED MEDICAL ISSUES, SERIOUS CASES OF KENNEL STRESS. IT DOES SEEM VERY STRANGE TO ME AND SUSPICIOUS. YOU HAD ALL OF THESE DOGS SUDDENLY DEVELOP A FATAL CASE OF KENNEL STRESS. Reporter: HE WAS ADOPTED. THE OTHERS EUTHANIZED FOR MEDICAL REASONS. COUPLE THAT WITH SOME OF THE OTHER REASONS YOU’RE SEEING, WHERE YOU’RE SEEING DOGS WITH SKIN AND EAR INFECTIONS THAT ARE BEING EUTHANIZED FOR MEDICAL, AGAIN, IT’S SORT OF LET’S TRY TO CALL THIS ANYTHING BUT FOR SPACE, BECAUSE WE WANT TO GET GRANT MONEY. Reporter: NOW, IT’S THE COUNTY’S CONTENTION A VETERINARIAN MADE ROUNDS ON JUNE 9, AND DETERMINED THOSE DOGS WERE SUFFERING, AND SHOULD BE EUTHANIZED. IT’S STILL A DEATH ISN’T IT? A DEATH IS A DEATH IS A DEATH. IT ALL COUNTS, BUT ORGANIZATIONS DONATING MONEY, BIG ORGANIZATIONS. LOOKING AT PUTTING AN ANIMAL DOWN, BECAUSE IT’S SUFFERING A LOT DIFFERENTLY THAN THEY LOOK AT KILLING ONE JUST TO MAKE SPACE. RENT MONEY IS IMPORTANT. THANK YOU, STEVE. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM YOU WANT

1 thought on “Euthanasia for medical reasons or killing to create space at Hillsborough animal shelter?

  1. It doesn't just make the 'no kill crowd unhappy' it is immorality. This is cruel, killing out of greed for grants?!
    It is sickening. It is so wrong. It is just plain evil.

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