Clark Co. Animal Shelter uses misguided pet abandonment to teach the right way to surrender
A dog was thrown over the fence of the shelter on Sunday when its owner had to go to the hospital
WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ)
8/22/22, 8:55 PM
A supposedly abandoned dog was recovered from the Clark County Animal Shelter after the shelter said the owner had a ‘medical event’ that required him to go to the hospital. The shelter says a case like this is rare, but is happy the year-old pit bull mix is home safe.
“Everyone just wants to make sure the animals are safe and can go home with their owners when the time comes, especially if there’s a medical event,” says Adreanna Wills, director of the shelter.
According to the Clark County Animal Shelter, a 62-year-old man dropped his one-year-old pit bull mix over the fence at the facility on Sunday afternoon without contacting the shelter first. Surveillance video from the animal shelter shows the man dropping his dog, then making the sign of the cross and saying a prayer before leaving. The video shows the man stopping and leaving the dog’s harness hanging on the gate before leaving.
The shelter says there is a right way to return a pet and that abandoning it completely is illegal and can result in jail time. Even in situations like this, when there is a medical emergency and no one can watch your pet, the shelter says to call, email or Facebook message to communicate what happens.
“We deal with medical events all the time, incarcerations, things like that where we temporarily take custody of an animal and then it is returned to the person once they are able to care for it again” , explains Wills. “But in terms of an animal being abandoned under unknown circumstances and then someone showing up like that again, that’s a first for me.”
The shelter says the man was embarrassed and did not realize what he had done was wrong and asked the shelter to keep him anonymous. The Clark County Animal Shelter says it has sparked hatred since sending the pittie home, but says it was in good condition and has a clear connection to its owner.
“We make all of our decisions in the best interests of the animals and in this particular situation, we felt that was best,” Wills says.
According to Clark County Animal Shelter, the pitbull mix should be spayed in September so that he continues to have contact with the man and his dog.
8/22/22, 3:17 PM
According to an update from the shelter, the dog that was allegedly abandoned at the Clark County Animal Shelter over the weekend was not.
The man who threw his dog over the fence at the shelter came forward and said he suffered a medical condition and went to hospital but didn’t know what to do about it his dog. So he left him at the shelter thinking he would be safe.
The shelter has since verified his story, and the dog is now in the possession of the man again.
The shelter added that the man was shocked to learn of the media coverage and that he had “committed a criminal act”.
“We’re confident he learned a lot from his mistake and hope the cover will help others learn and prevent it from happening again,” the shelter told ABC 36.
08/22/22, 1:22 PM
The Clark County Animal Shelter says a dog was thrown over its fence and abandoned over the weekend.
Staff arrived at the shelter at 9.45pm on Sunday to care for a sick puppy abandoned by the community when they discovered a dog that had been abandoned, according to a Facebook post. After viewing security footage, staff saw a person throw the dog over his fence.
“This person made no attempt to contact us when she pulled over, threw the dog away and was gone in about 90 seconds. We checked all emails, Facebook messages and answering machines to make sure that no one left a message and it was a misunderstanding,” the message from the shelter read.
The shelter added that staff can be reached by any of these methods, even after hours, and are making themselves available because they care about the animals. Staff are now asking that person to contact them immediately to complete the proper handover procedures and give them information so they can find a new home for this dog.
The shelter said it has a clear image of the license plate and face of the person who threw the dog over the fence and will pursue criminal charges if necessary.