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Old 12-13-2005, 11:16 PM
smartie smartie is offline
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Default Urgent! Help Needed!

West Jersey Volunteer Animal Shelter is being closed down in Pennsauken NJ and about 30-35 pit and mixes will be destroyed if they are not taken!

Please, help if you can - phone number and email addresses are here
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:11 PM
casablanca1 casablanca1 is offline
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This has been a really long and drawn-out struggle; I remember the shelter was supposed to close last year and was saved. I live near this shelter, and have volunteered there in the past. I'm concerned about this story because a) here it is a year later and they're unable to place a large number of dogs; b) it's a no-kill shelter with a backlog of large pit-type dogs they can't seem to adopt out.

I googled the shelter, and came across a story from another rescue group commenting on a trip to this shelter - "Very rarely is an animal so aggressive it is judged unable to be adopted. If an animal bites experienced, paid shelter workers about 5 times then it is "put to sleep" (euthanized, put to death in a painless manner)."

That's a lot of bites, and makes me think this shelter wasn't doing its job. As far as I'm concerned, one bite to a shelter worker - who presumably knows dogs and handles them with firmness and skill - equals about 20 bites to the average adopter. I'm sympathetic to the 'save the dogs' urge that makes people post about 'rescuing' these dogs, but I hope anyone who goes to this shelter to adopt or foster a dog discriminates between a good dog in a bad circumstance and an iffy or potentially dangerous dog.

More links about the saga:
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Old 12-15-2005, 04:29 PM
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Sorry pits and anything that looks pit has been banned here in Ontario Canada.
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