A pit bull and her puppies were euthanized at a shelter in Amarillo, Texas last week after the dog was given up by her owners. The dog's name isn't known, but she was either a pit bull or a mixture of the breed and had apparently been given up for being 'vicious' and aggressive. A member of staff from the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society watched proceedings and was so upset she took to Facebook to write about what happened, explaining that the dog was perfectly friendly and she believed it was wrongfully been put down. In a lengthy post, she wrote "I heard that a message had been sent stating G7 was euthanized. She was in labor, and euthanized. An AMW employee later confirmed that it was indeed the same dog. Her last moments, while she lay dying, were spent still trying to clean her newly birthed puppies. Their words, not mine."
Dacia Anderson frequently volunteered at the shelter, and had turned up on Thursday and walked through the building and took a photo of the young pit bull for a gallery of photos that they keep of their residents. She describes the dog as being scared, and jumped up on her for comfort, but she wasn't violent and wasn't labelled in the way they usually mark out aggressive dogs. She could tell the pup was heavily pregnant, so made a mental note to ask about her later on because the dog had only just been surrendered to the shelter the day before. When Anderson popped back later, she noticed that the dog was in labour with one of her puppies and called the staff over who quickly asked her to leave. She later tried to enter the building again to check up on the dog, and was told she was being moved to a building more quiet and less stressful.
Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society I came across an obviously pregnant pit bull in G7. She was in labor, and euthanized. An AMW employee later confirmed that it was indeed the same dog. Her last moments, while she lay dying, were spent still trying to clean her newly birthed pups— Moishe's Mom (@WynneGuglielmo) June 2, 2018
Anderson sensed that they weren't telling her the whole story, and pushed them until they confirmed that they had killed the dog as she was in labour with the litter and all of the animals were dead. She had apparently been trying to clean her new babies as she passed away. Richard Havens, the director of the shelter, said the dog had been euthanized as a matter of 'public safety': "The owner of the dog in question contacted 911 to state they had a vicious animal that was theirs. We responded after hours, we took the animal into custody and then the following morning, we ended up euthanizing it due to the nature of the call and then the behaviours that we also saw the animal exhibiting." Dacia refutes his comments, and the shelter has come under fire for killing the dog and her puppies in such an inhumane way. The volunteer no longer works at the shelter.