Thanks Mike so much for sharing this, and for your hard work in contacting the appropriate people..... I wish it made me feel better - but in truth it doesn't. If Roxy had been too weak to stand, if she had been unresponsive in any way I would have understood the need to "humanely euthanize her on intake." But the fact is she WAS able to stand on her own, her ears were up and she looked alert. All I can hope is that this shelter is on notice now that people -many people -are watching. This isn't the first time I have heard negative things about Miami-Dade..........as I said in an earlier post, the sheer numbers are not their fault - but their policies are, and not to give a creditable out of state rescue a chance to rehabilitate the Roxy's of the world means that it can be an automatic death sentence for that dog.
Roxy, we will never forget you....... :angel: you will live on in your puppies...
Thanks for posting this but there are a few things I don't understand.
If she was euthanized upon arrival, how did her profile end up on the internet??
Why was she put to sleep after 3 rescues had already made a spot available for her and were willing to treat her??
I really appreciate the effort you went to but I think that answer is BS.
I agree that some of their answer doesn't seem to track & there is certainly an attempt to "spin" in sharing the dismal statistics.
Roxie was healthy enough to deliver the litter of pups, then stand for her picture looking alert. I volunteer at a local shelter & I can attest we see far worse come thru our doors and unless they are bleeding out, are vicious or in severe pain - we keep them at least 24 - 48 hours for eval.
From what I have been able to piece togeather (and doing a bit of "educated guessing" to fill in the blanks), she was EU'd shortly after arrival and before any of us was even aware of her being there. Not sure why they posted her on-line, but I'll bet that was not suppose to happen. We will never know the timeline for sure unless we can manage to get her file from MDAS (doubt they will be willing to produce that). That would have the time she arrived, the time of the picture & posting + the times for when the EU decision was made and carried out. To obtain that level of info, we would need someone local to go down & fill out a Freedom of Information form at the county clerk's office.
I'm not sure why they put up so much of a wall to outside rescues. I'm sure they have limited personel and want to be sure the dogs are not going somewhere where they will end up as "junkyard guard dogs" or used for fighting. It is difficult to vet a place you cannot actually inspect in person & we have struggled with this issue on occasion when far away rescues wanted to pull from our shelter.
I assume they have decided to work with some number of local rescues that they feel is a managable number and expect them to get the word (and the dogs) out to sister orgs, pull the dogs and assist with transport (at least the 1st leg). This is how my team works with the local shelter. We can pull under our name & transfer to any rescue we choose - even if they are not "resistered" with the shelter.
In any case, as you said, hopefully they are now aware that there are many of us watching !!