For the past few years, owning a pitbull has been subjected to a significant deal of scrutiny. They've been deemed as dangerous creatures, which many cities across North America debating on whether its residents can keep them as pets.
However, this debate has caused a tremendous amount of contention between lawmakers and pitbull owners, animal activists, and the like.
While i'ts recently been airlines that have been causing an uproar with passengers' dogs dying on flights, one huge tragedy has occurred in an animal shelter, much to the public's horror.
On May 10, the Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare (AAMW) facility in Texas made the decision to euthanize a shelter pitbull (identified as G7) while she was in labor. To make matters even worse, the organization decided to put down her pups soon after.
This outrageous event was shared by Anderson, an Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society (APHS) volunteer who was "appalled" by the decision.
"I need to write about something that I recently witnessed and found completely appalling and unacceptable. I have found immense joy through my volunteering, and I have struggled with the potential pushback from speaking out," Anderson wrote on Facebook.
"I have also sought to remedy wrongs through the proper channels. I have held on to this post, hoping that I would not have to share, but I cannot seem to get anywhere. Today, I am coming to the public for support," she continued.
She also made it clear that it was the AAMW's decision to put down G7 and not the organization she volunteers for.
Anderson said when she realized G7 was in labor that fateful day, she notified to several AAMW employees, who said they'd provide the pitbull with a whelping box to help with her delivery.
"They acknowledged and took control of the situation. I then saw an AAMW kennel attendant assembling a whelping box and assumed it was being handled," Anderson wrote in the post.
"A bit later, I heard that a message had been sent stating G7 was euthanized. She was in labor, and euthanized. An AMW employee later confirmed that it was indeed the same dog. Her last moments, while she lay dying, were spent still trying to clean her newly birthed puppies. Their words, not mine," Anderson wrote.
But she's not the only one who's discussing the incident. On June 6, the town held a city council meeting, where G7's death was discussed.
"You can not euthanize your way to eliminate specific animal breeds. We need fines in place for people who do not choose to spay or neuter," one Amarillo resident said.
"The AAM&W department is one who has total face to face contact with the public and must have public trust in their judgment. At this time, that trust in Mr. Havens and his department is completely compromised," another resident added.
However, Richard Havens, the Director of AAMW, stands by the decision of euthanizing G7.
"The owner of the dog in question contacted 911 to state they had a vicious animal that was there’s [sic]. We responded after hours we took the animal into custody and then the following morning we ended up euthanizing it due to the nature of the call and the behaviors the animal exhibited," Havens told radio station KMAR.
"With our limited budget we just simply can’t save all the animals," Havens later said in an interview KVII. "We’re doing the best we can to give them the best chance but when animals come in with behavior issues, those animals will be ultimately put down."
But, Anderson paints a different picture of the deceased pitbull.
"She had no markings on her kennel that she was aggressive whatsoever, so to say she was aggressive to me is putting a spin on something that's a narrative," Anderson said.
"If she was aggressive she should have been marked at such she should have been in the appropriate facility," she concluded.
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