Typically when you hear about animal shelters and rescues, you think about animal advocacy. Recently, however, that was reportedly not the case with Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC).
This animal shelter has come under fire due to employees of the shelter leaving a dog, Missy, in one of the animal control vans for not a few minutes but a few days. How can this happen dog lovers would like to know.
Missy and a group of other dogs were taken by the vans to an adoption event at a Chicago Wolves Hockey Game at the AllState Arena. One source reported to NBC Chicago that Missy started anxiously acting out, so a worker took her out to the van. The dog was left in the van while the rest of the event continued. All of the other dogs were adopted and the workers left. They returned to Chicago Animal Care and Control and left the vans – with Missy inside – and went home.
As a result, Missy was left in that van for five whole days! She was discovered by a volunteer on Thursday of last week. The dog was barely clinging to life.
One statement made was, “As soon as we learned of this incident yesterday we immediately had our veterinarian give the dog a complete medical examination, which found no health issues.”
Advocates are concerned that Missy is still currently in the care of Chicago Animal Care and Control while she recovers from this horrific ordeal. After all, her survival was quite miraculous since she barely had any food or water for five days in that van.
Don Levin, Chairman of the Chicago Wolves and a major benefactor of CACC stated, “You can see the dog’s bones, I understand. We’ve had almost 1,300 dogs adopted at our games over the last several years and this is the first time anything like this has occurred.” He was very upset by what happened to Missy.
“While the Wolves do not have any control over the personnel ACC employs at our games, we will request that the person who is responsible for this unconscionable, life-threatening mistake is never involved with any Wolves activities in the future.”
There are reports of an internal investigation having been launched at CACC. To top that off, Chicago law enforcement officials are supposedly conducting an investigation of their own as to why Missy was treated with such ineffectual care. Brad Powers, Spokesperson for Chicago Animal Care and Control, has stipulated that disciplinary action is quite possible.
“We take this seriously because it is completely unacceptable and not in keeping with the level of care we expect our employees to provide. While preliminarily this appears to be an accident, nothing like this has ever happened before, and we are committed to ensuring it never happens again.”
Chicago Animal Care and Control has never before had an abuse case of this nature. There were two dogs that died last year in the care of CACC employees. Disciplinary action was taken in that scenario even though the dogs’ deaths were reported as accidental.
There have been other organizations that have, however, found themselves the source of controversy over animals in their care. Depending on the circumstance of each case will determine the type of action taken.
No animal advocate wants to see a dog harmed in any way – especially by a shelter or rescue organization. It is of vital importance that a determination be made in the case of Missy and further action be taken.