Mesquite Animal Shelter Accused Of Neglect In Dog’s Death


THIS IS CBS11 NEWS AT SIX. THE ONES FOR TEXAS. IMMATERIAL THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH CHANGING THEIR STORIES BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY IT’S THE SAME THING. THE DOG DIED. BLUNT WORDS AFTER A WOMAN SAID SHE TRIED TO HELP A DOG IN NEED AND THE SHELTER REFUSED HER OFFER. WANT TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. NORTH TEXAS WOMAN CLAIMING THAT THE DOG SUFFERED FOR NO REASON. CITY LEADERS TELL A DIFFERENT STORY. Reporter: ROBBIE OWENS LIVE AT THE CITY ANIMAL SHELTER WITH THE STORY. Reporter: GUYS THE CITY MANAGER TODAY CONFIRMED THAT THE DOG IN QUESTION DID DIE IN THE SHELTER’S CARE. FOR THAT HE EXPRESSED REGRET. IN A STATEMENT TODAY HE SAID THAT NO NEGLECT WAS INVOLVED AND ACKNOWLEDGED THAT EXPLANATION WOULD LIKELY NOT APPEASE ACTIVISTS. THERE IS A MOM WHO HAD PUPPIES IN THE WOODS OVER THERE. Reporter: WHETHER CONTINUE THE STREETS OR SHELTERS OR ONLINE LESLIE CAN BE FOUND ON MOST DAYS TRYING TO SAVE A DOG. ON SATURDAY SHE TRIED TO SAVE THIS ONE. AT ANIMAL SHELTER. THE PASSED THIS DOG AND THE DOG WAS BASICALLY BARELY MOVING. HE WAS SWAYING BACK AND FORTH. HE WAS SUPPORTING HIMSELF ON THE WALL. . Reporter: SHE REPEATEDLY OFFERED TO HELP. EVEN VOLUNTEERING TO TAKE THE DOG TO A VETT. WAS REFUSED WITH THE EXPLANATION THAT THE ANIMAL HAD BEEN ADOPTED. I WAS FOLLOWING UP ON SUNDAY. THEY SAID THE DOG GOT BETTER. OBVIOUSLY IT DIDN’T GET BETTER AND I WAS LIKE THAT’S A LIE. Reporter: TODAY THE CITY MANAGER PROVIDED US A EXPLANATION THAT STATEMENT READING IN PART IN THIS SITUATION A DOG DIED IN OUR CARE. WE MADE THE BEST POSSIBLE DECISIONS AT THE TIME. I WOULD ASK THE PUBLIC TO CONSIDER NOT FORMING THEIR OPINION OF OUR SHELTER STAFF ON ONE 22 SECOND VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHS CAPTURED ON ONE SATURDAY AFTERNOON OF ONE DOG AFTER IT JUST VOMITED. I KNOW THE DOG SUFFERED. I WAS BANGING ON THE GLASS TRYING TO GET HIS ATTENTION AND HE WOULDN’T TURN. HE TURNED ONE TIME SLIGHTLY TURNED HIS HEAD AND THE PAIN — IT WAS SO PAINFUL TO JUST THE SEE HIM. Reporter: THE CITY MANAGE NEAR THAT STATEMENT WENT ONTO SAY THAT WHILE HE EXPRESSED REGRET FOR WHAT HAPPENED HE STANDS BY THE DECISION OF HIS STAFF AND YET THEY WILL CONTINUE TO REVIEW PROCEDURES IN AN EFFORT TO ALWAYS GET

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