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Newsmonger: Euthanasia by Proxy

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“We’ve turned the public into animal care employees,” said Stowers. “We are so understaffed, I can tell you that as of today there are 144 dogs that have been trapped by citizens and confined to their yards that have not been responded to.”

ACS’ Davis sees it differently, telling the Current, “It’s actually a service that we offer to residents. If they have a dog that’s roaming the neighborhood that they want trap and confine, we’ll come out and pick it up. They don’t have to come and bring it in.” Davis maintains that 98 percent of calls to ACS are “closed-out,” or completed – animal care officers that spoke with the Current insist those responses are either incredibly delayed, or that calls get cancelled for lingering in the system for too long.

While the current approach has increased live-release rates, is still not humane, Stowers said.

“Are we really doing the right thing for these dogs?” he asked Council. “Public Works scrapes over 30,000 dogs from the sidewalks and streets because they’ve been hit by cars… this is euthanasia by proxy, and it’s cruel.”

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