In my house, animals rule.
Quite literally. Our dogs rule the roost; and we’ll never change that.
And so my wife and I were horrified by the following tale of neglect and inhuman cruelty to those who cannot speak for themselves. Read the following and tell me you don’t feel disgusted and a little ashamed to be part of the human race.
A report describing “horrific” animal cruelty at the SPCA of Niagara – the American side – shelter was released today by the SPCA Serving Erie County. “Horrific” barely scratches the surface, though….
Animals that are not adopted within a certain period have to be put down. That is an indisputable reality in animal shelters. But another reality is this: animals deserve to be treated with love and respect, as do all living things. A routine evaluation of the Erie County SPCA uncovered a den of incompetence and cowardice. One that ignores the basic rules of civilized society.
“Animals were given a shot, which I’m sure hurt, and that caused them to throw up…and then they couldn’t move,” said Barbara S. Carr, who conducted the three-week investigation.
“They were injected directly into the heart. This is excruciatingly painful,” she said, fighting back tears as she described the conditions to reporters.
The 115-page report stated there were no standard operating procedures for animal care, sanitation or euthanasia, and that some pets were euthanized in an especially cruel manner.
Especially cruel? Fictional serial killer Dexter Morgan kills his victims in the same manner. I’m not trying to be flippant; it’s true. These creatures were fully aware of their pain. Can you imagine enduring such agony?
“Clearly the governing and management of the shelter needs to be greatly improved,” said Carr, executive director of the SPCA Serving Erie County. “There is blame to go everyplace.” Hell of an understatement, right?
Carr confirmed allegations by staff members that nearly 600 cats and dogs, some of them healthy, had been euthanized since Oct. 1.
She struggled to hold back tears when describing how some were killed with “heart sticks,” an intercardiac injection she said was banned in some states.
Pets are generally euthanized intravenously, Carr said.
Executive Director John A. Faso was not aware of proper euthanization practices, Carr said, and presided over a disorganized operation that created a “chaotic environment. “There is no sense of structure at the NCSPCA,” her report stated. The board is “admittedly dysfunctional,” the report stated, and “should consider a complete restructure.”
Carr said it was difficult to prove whether SPCA officials were incompetent or negligent in their handling of the animals.
“I didn’t feel any evil people when I went in there,” she said, adding that some staff members “want to do the right thing.”
She felt “no evil”? How is that remotely possible? I wish I knew what to say about all of this…
I hate feeling this way. I may write The Book of Terrible, but I want to feel joy at being a part of this wonderful world, not shame and rage.