This poor dog (see picture below) was brought into BARC on Tuesday 3/16/10 with obvious serious head/eye injuries. Rescuers are BEGGING BARC to be allowed to pull this dog so they can take her to an animal ophthalmologist where she can get the specialized care that she so obviously needs. In addition, people have donated almost $2,000 for her treatment. But, as of the end of the day Wednesday 3/17/10, BARC leaders refuse to release her. BARC leaders plan to let her sit in this condition at BARC until Friday 3/19/10 then they plan to REMOVE HER EYES. BARC does not have the proper equipment to diagnose this dog; they don’t even have x-ray equipment. Yet, BARC plans to REMOVE her eyes. This is unconscionable and unethical.
I would urge everyone to take a few minutes and send an email to BARC leaders and city council and express your outrage. Demand that this dog be released to Rescue so that she has a chance to save her sight. At the very least she deserves to be treated in a facility with the proper equipment necessary for her care. Below is my email. Feel free to copy any of it. Just please do it TODAY before it is too late.
A1018499, female, black and white Pit Bull Terrier mix, 1 year old.
My email to David Atencio, Alfred Moran and all city council.
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Re: A1018499, female, black and white Pit Bull Terrier mix, 1 year old.
I would like to know why this dog has not been released to one of the rescues who have offered to take her to an animal ophthalmologist where she can get the specialized care that she so obviously needs? (City council, please see her picture at the bottom of this email).
Rescuers have offered to take her to an eye specialist. People have donated money to pay for her care. BARC should immediately release this dog to the rescuers so she might have a chance at saving her sight.
It is absolutely absurd and inhumane to make her sit at BARC for even one more minute waiting to have her eyes REMOVED when people are BEGGING to take her and give her proper care.
With all due respect to Dr. Mendelsohn, BARC vets are not specialists. They practice generalized shelter medicine. Even if she were an eye specialist, BARC simply does not have the equipment to handle the medical needs of this dog. Dr. Mendelsohn has stated this herself at the volunteer meeting. This dog most likely has severe head trauma. She may have other injuries such as brain damage. She needs x-rays and possibly an MRI and CT scan, but BARC doesn’t even have x-ray equipment. How can BARC even consider operating on this dog without so much as an x-ray? This is absolutely unethical. BARC sends out requests for help for animals with broken bones because you have no x-ray equipment, but yet you won’t release this dog that so obviously needs much more than BARC can offer?
It is absolutely absurd, inhumane and unethical that BARC leaders have forced this dog to sit at BARC in this condition since Tuesday, but that BARC leaders continue to refuse to release her to rescue so that rescuers can give her a chance to save her sight is absolutely barbaric.
Why on earth would any person, who claims to care about animals, refuse to release this dog so she can have a shot at retaining her sight? Before BARC REMOVES HER EYES, she deserves every chance available to her. Even if her sight can’t be saved, BARC is still not equipped to handle this type of surgery. She will need specialized surgery and care that BARC cannot provide.
It costs BARC NORTHING to release this dog to rescue. So, why do BARC leaders continue to refuse to release her?
Again, citizens are stepping up and trying to help BARC animals, but they are again being refused.
Bett Sundermeyer, President
No Kill Houston