Two Dogs Abandoned at the Humane Society of Indianapolis Leads to Tragedy for One

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two Dogs Abandoned at the Humane Society of Indianapolis Leads to Tragedy for One

A senseless tragedy unfolded last night at the Humane Society of Indianapolis, when two dogs were abandoned in front of the organization’s building.

One of the dogs, a Yorkshire terrier (now named Sparky by shelter workers) was tied to a fence and eventually rescued by a shelter worker.

Unfortunately, the other dog, a pit bull mix, who was abandoned in the parking lot was not so lucky. Scared and panicked, he ran on the adjacent busy road and was hit and killed.

Shelter workers wrote on the Facebook page this morning, “We are devastated, as you can imagine. So it is times like these that we appreciate your friendship and kind words. Thank you....”

The tragedy is senseless on so many levels. Animals are not disposable trash. While the owner of these dogs may have thought they were doing the right thing by leaving them close to a shelter instead of out on a rural road, what they did is still illegal in that jurisdiction and is considered abandonment, as it is in many.

“Surveillance video captures activity on shelter property,” Christine Jeschke, IndyHumane chief operations officer, told RTV6 News.  “The public can face fines of $200 or more for abandoning an animal, but the safety of the animals is what concerns our shelter staff the most.”

It’s never a good idea to give up a pet, but if you have to, do not dump it in front of a shelter or advertise the pet “free to good home” for strangers – many with ill intent – to take.

If people can absolutely not keep their pets for whatever reason, so many rescues, shelters and even friends on social media can help.

When I worked for a major metropolitan newspaper covering our local humane society, I learned after my first interview to always schedule my appointments with the staff in the afternoons.

In the mornings, the staff was usually overwhelmed by the latest box of puppies or kittens left on their doorstep or dog tied to their fence.

On that first visit, I also got to see the overwhelming sadness these workers and volunteers face when they see that one or more of the puppies or kittens had already died from exposure overnight or from lack of air in a hot box taped shut.

The death of this poor dog in Indianapolis is senseless, as are the deaths of most likely hundreds of dogs and cats who met similar deaths in front of shelters last night.

It’s no different than taking them to a country road and abandoning them.  

Editor’s Note: Photo of Sparky from the Humane Society of Indianapolis Facebook page.

Have you ever seen dogs and cats abandoned in such a fashion at shelters?