A dog was hit on a Delta road — or perhaps it was thrown from a vehicle accidentally, or perhaps some inhumane individual dumped it off, too uncaring to consider its needs. The point is, this poor little dog was abandoned by someone.
Some human that did not care whether it lived or died. Some human that did not care that the dog had a broken leg. Did not care that the dog did not have shelter from the below-freezing temps that it would be subject to overnight. Some human probably no longer needed this bitch to produce puppies for that human to sell ... oh yes, this dog had produced puppies at some time in its young life, and then was just tossed aside with a broken leg to freeze to death. This is an all-too-common problem in Delta County! I know of it because I live on the outskirts of the City of Delta, and I've had animals magically appear that some dirt wad has dumped for someone else to care for.
You know, as a responsible pet owner, I find it hard to fathom that others can be so cruel and inhumane, but then I also see what others do to their own children and it's not so hard to fathom after all.
The biggest problems were these:
1) The dirt wad that abandoned the animal.
2) The officer who arrived to assess whether the animal was aggressive. Due to no animal control officer on duty, and that the animal had no collar or tags, we (the two neighbors who gathered to try to see to it that the poor thing received treatment), could claim it. Woo hoo! I suppose we should feel so special that we could claim a poor injured animal that we'd never seen before! Oh, and never mind the personal risk to our own safety we'd have to take on! One never knows what an injured animal will do! One second it could be as calm and placid as possible, the next, rip into you and cause severe damage!
3) When trying to secure assistance for the dog, the local vet (who will remain nameless), basically has seen this all too often and was trying their best to get me to assume financial responsibility, estimating that treatment could be in the hundreds of dollars, perhaps even thousands. Unless I wished to accept responsibility, they could offer no aid, and it being after dark and temps that night were supposed to dip below 10°, I should call CAWS for the vet in Paonia (30 miles away) to see to the dog's needs.
4) Authorities in this city expect that we should put our personal safety and our personal finances at risk in this instance and heaven forbid that we fire a gun within the city limits and put the animal down to end its suffering.
5) Basically, no one assumes responsibility .... not the owner, the authorities, the neighborhood (which, by the way, did come out and come to the aid of the dog, thank heavens, but it took a lot of nudging back and forth to secure treatment because the authorities chose to ignore the problem and tried to shift responsibility onto people who had never even seen the animal before!
There is something fundamentally wrong with this picture! It's one thing to read in the paper the "rules" put in place by the police chief and a handful of others that we as citizens of Delta are to "report this animal," or "license this animal," or "claim this abandoned animal," or "report these feral cats," or this, that or the other thing they can make up to generate more revenue to provide no more services to the public than they are, and it's quite another thing to be one of those responsible citizens and find that this means it affects ME!
Wake up Delta City and county! Domesticated animals do have the right to expect and receive humane treatment! Check the ASPCA (www.aspca.org/about-us/aspca-at-work)! Delta citizens have the right to expect our tax dollars are spent on providing animal control services because we all know there are those dirt wad types of people that do not and will not care about domesticated animals. We should NOT be expected to pay to "license" our animals when we already pay to see to all their living and health needs including their vaccinations, especially when we'll be paying for administration to fill the city coffers and provide nothing in return! If licenses are required, $5 should be the MAXIMUM amount!
I'm relieved to say that the Delta County Humane Society vouched for the care of this dog, so the vet did come out and pick it up, sheltered it overnight, then CAWS stepped in and has taken its care on from there. It is being cared for by the CAWS vet in Paonia, and myself and CAWS are asking individuals to please contribute what you can toward its care. The poor dog was cold, dehydrated, injured and all it could do was sit up and hope that its owner was going to return for it. The biggest trouble is that this story is about only one dog. There are far too many that this happens to every day!
Wake up Delta!