The punishment for three employees from the Chicago Care and Control, for leaving a dog in a city vehicle for five days and nights last spring, was barely more than a slap on the hand; the workers were suspended for five days from their jobs, reports the Chicago SunTimes.
Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office investigated the incident and in his report had recommended the employee who left the dog in the van and that employee’s supervisor be disciplined “up to and including termination.” Instead the Commission on Animal Care and Control handed down a lesser punishment:
A 20-day suspension for the Animal Care and Control employee charged with leaving the dog in the vehicle with little or no food and water after an adoption event.
A 10-day suspension for an Animal Care and Control supervisor who appealed the punishment earlier this month.
Three days without pay for a third employee involved in the incident.
The one-year-old pit bull dog named Missy had been left in the van on April 18, after a well publicized adoption event was held at the Chicago Wolves hockey game in the Allstate Arena. Fans were encouraged to interact with the dogs, and that day 13 of the 14 dogs found new homes. Sadly, Missy became over anxious that day and had been forgotten in the van for five days as temperatures dipped into the 30s and 40s. By the time Missy was found, she was reported to have been “barely alive.”
Lucky for Missy she did survive, and was transferred to the care of Found Chicago Rescue. She has since been adopted and is now named Monkey because of her amazing energy level. Chicago’s CBS Local states the Inspector General’s Office has confirmed that it has updated its policies to more accurately check and account for animals in their care.
Just two weeks ago, a one-and-a-half-year-old dog in Cincinnati, Ohio, died as a result of hypothermia after having been left in the cold, when employees failed to follow proper protocol and forgot the dog had been left in a transfer van overnight. The four men responsible for the dog’s death were disciplined, however none of the workers were reported to have lost their jobs. Read the full story here.
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