To the Editor:
I recently had a friend take a few abandoned dogs that she could no longer care for to the Garrett County Animal Shelter.
While she was there filling out the required paperwork, she asked if they were going to put the dogs to sleep which she did not want under any circumstances.
She was informed many times that they were treating the dogs for fleas and being given their rabies shots as she sat there filling out the paperwork and that they would look for a good home for them.
If they were unable to find a home for them, they were partners with an animal adoption shelter down state where they dogs would be sent if needed.
My friend left the animal shelter feeling better about her decision in hopes that someone who was looking for a fun, energetic, friendly dog would adopt them.
The following day my friend decided to call and check on the dogs, and she was informed that they had been put to sleep!
How appalling! Why on earth would they be given their rabies shot as well as a flea treatment and then be put to sleep for no reason at all? It was less than 24 hours after she had dropped them off! Why did the animal shelter not call her and say they planned on doing this?
She would have instantly gone and picked them back up to avoid this unnecessary event! She had no intentions of them being put to sleep.
If they were not going to be cared for or placed up for adoption like she was reassured they would be, why didn’t the workers tell her?
My friend has been upset for weeks over this and quite frankly I find it to be dishonest and disrespectful of the workers at the animal shelter.
So if you cannot care for an animal and decide it is safe to take it to the Garrett County Animal Shelter, think again. It may be the last day the defenseless animal has to live.