Animal Control Appears to Be Out of Control in Some Jurisdictions
One person; that’s all it took. A single neighbor claimed to have seen Caitlin McAdam’s two dogs, Jake and Lucy, kill a cat. And as a result a $10,000 battle to save these two dogs from the death penalty began. When this incident occurred, McAdams was hit with “dangerous dog” charges under the state law in Colorado, and she was told that her two dogs would be euthanized if found guilty, or even sooner than that if she couldn’t come up with the funds to pay for their impoundment with a court trial pending.
According to an investigation conducted by CNN Money, this is not an isolated occurrence; there are thousands of active warrants against pet owners in at least 15 cities throughout America. Investigators believe that the issue has more to do with money than actually getting “dangerous” animals off the streets. Take California resident Gerilynn Aflleje for example; her Siberian Husky Chuck was dropped off at the Stockton shelter after getting lost in 2013. When Aflleje discovered where he was less than a week later, she was order to pay $180 within 24 hours, or else her healthy, 4-year-old dog would be euthanized. Unable to produce the funds on such short notice, Aflleje lost her beloved pet.
Infractions that seem to be the most common for landing unsuspecting dog owners in positions such as this include failing to license a pet, owning a dog that barks a lot, or accidentally letting an animal get loose in the neighborhood. While these are seemingly harmless offenses if nobody gets hurt, animal control units across the country are cracking down, perhaps too harshly. Penalties are amounting to hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars. The consequence to pet owners? When they can’t afford to get their beloved dogs back, by all legal means they have r3eliquished their rights to the animal, which can and does result in the pet being euthanized.
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