A dog was killed within minutes of entering the back room at Chicago Animal Care and Control. The disturbing video, which it took the BGA (Better Government Association) nine months to get released, shows two workers using a catch pole, a pole with a cord at the end that can be tightened around a dog’s neck, to take the dog into the back area.
The video shows that after the workers take the struggling dog into the back the group all stops and looks down at the dog. The dog appears to be motionless on the ground. After that, the workers back off leaving the two workers with the catch pole to drag the lifeless body of the dog out of camera range. There is a trail of liquid behind the dog — perhaps from the lifeless dog’s bladder being emptied?
CBS Chicago reports on this as well as the Chicago Sun Times. The Better Government Association, who filed the lawsuit to get a copy of the video, stated on their website:
“After stonewalling for a year and a half, the Emanuel administration recently released video of a gruesome incident in which a “pit bull-type” dog named Spike died after being choked by one or more city animal care workers who were trying to bring it under control at the taxpayer-funded pound.
While one of the ACC workers indicated “his pole was loose,” the other employee “proceeded to drag the dog by his neck down the hallway and into the Euthanasia Room then proceeded to use the control pole to lift the dog by the neck into the cage,” the city records show.
An ACC spokesman said the dog’s owner “brought the aggressive dog” to the pound “for the purposes of surrendering ownership rights to the animal.”
After the choking incident, “a veterinarian examined the dog and confirmed he was alive,” the spokesman said. “However, the dog died within 30 minutes prior to the scheduled euthanasia. When a dog is surrendered by its owner due to its aggressive nature, euthanasia is considered part of the surrender process.”
The BGA sued in June 2014, arguing the video “will allow the public to understand the full scope of the misconduct” at the pound.“
The article goes on to say that this incident is not unique. A dog named Chance was killed in spite of being prepared to get adopted or fostered, and another dog was left in the back of a CACC van, unattended and without food or water for several days when a worker forgot about her (original article here).
The city is looking for a new director of CACC. The current temporary director is woefully unprepared for the job. The city must ensure that whoever is in charge at CACC is someone compassionate and humane. Something that has been lacking there. Chicago should embrace the “no-kill” philosophy and work to save animals instead of housing them and then killing them (original article “Make Chicago No-Kill” here). Education, free spay and neuter, and vaccination assistance are just a few of the much needed changes that need to be made.
Please note: The dog in the photo is Pops, a sweet dog urgently in need of foster or adoption. Please visit his Facebook thread for more information.
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