Maricopa Torture Chamber: why in the world are they still in business?
By: N Gilbert
Maricopa County Animal Shelter, Phoenix, Arizona.
Everyone that cross-posts has more than likely seen the image to the right of this poor little Chihuahua, Angel. The story begins when shelter employees were euthanizing certain animals that day. This little pup being one of them. When this photo surfaced, Facebook users were outraged, including ourselves. We all tried to get answers. Some got hung up on, told off, and some just got no answers at all. When people finally got through to this shelter, employees told them that they felt "in fear for their lives" due to the aggression from this dog. Now, let's face facts here...a Chihuahua this size couldn't weigh anymore than around 10 pounds. This dog was no ravenous mountain lion getting ready to sink it's teeth into it's prey. This was a scared little being that knew its fate. Unfortunately, she didn't survive due to the shelter using a heart stick (Intracardial injections, commonly know as heart sticks, is a rather
inhumane way to euthanize an animal that is not comatose(or nearly
comatose) or heavily sedated. A needle and syringe containing sodium
pentobarbital is passed through the chest wall and several layers of
muscle into the heart. However on an animal that isn't sedated or
comatose this is hard to do because the body is in constant motion. It's
not uncommon for the person administering the injection to miss and
accidentally puncture the lungs causing them to fill up with fluid.
This is a VERY painful way to die!) on her just moments after being strangled with a choking catch pole (as seen above).
Sad thing is, Maricopa ACC is known for the lack of care and abuse they have conducted on their shelter animals.
Pictured here is another adorable Chihuahua that was obviously abused. According to the Facebook page "STOP the Abuse at Maricopa County Animal Control," "This
dog was considered an obvious "Urgent" as his eye was bleeding, yet he
was left sitting in his cell at MCACC with no treatment...no help
whatsoever. He sat there for days with his eye like this. When one
particular volunteer saw him, and finally got him help, his eye was
starting to dry up/disintegrate . It is only when a rescue was notified,
that he was given treatment. This is, once again, inhumane to let a dog
suffer in this condition, with nothing. No help at all. This is
complete neglect of an animal."
Furthermore in conclusion, Animal Activists are currently holding an event on Facebook to hold MCACC accountable for the neglect and abuse that goes on in their shelter. Abuse SHOULD NOT be tolerated in ANY way and it's appalling that a so called "animal shelter" would even allow such a thing. For more information regarding the public event to protest against MCACC, please visit the link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/560597270623253/. The protest will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm MST, the location is:
MCACC EAST - 2630 West 8th Street
Mesa, AZ 85201.
Please show your support to the people who set up the page on Facebook against this horrible facility
at STOP the Abuse at Maricopa County Animal Control.
Remember, we are their voices. Make a difference in the lives of a helpless animal today!