Sunday, May 18, 2008
San Leon, TX - In a move that is causing upheaval in the animal shelter community, the Bay Area SPCA Shelter in Galveston County, Texas is euthanizing dogs and cats that fail to pass a behavior test. In other words, the animals that fail are not being put on the adoption floor.
Jennifer Rowan, manager of the Bay Area Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, wouldn't say how many animals the shelter has euthanized since it began temperament testing. Rowan said some animals are tested more than once because they can become hostile after spending time in the shelter.
The ASPCA, SPCA and Human Society organizations should use temperament testing, in addition to other methods of evaluation to assess animals before making them adoptable to the public. The cost of a massive lawsuit awaits them if they do not practice such measures and release dangerous animals back into the community.
In the fatality case of Tori Whitehurst, the Arizona Human Society adopted out an American bulldog, Kane, after it had been evaluated by three different dog behaviorists. The family who took Kane, then apparently gave the dog to the Whitehurst family. Within several months, Kane violently attacked and killed Tori.
11/05/07: 2007 Fatality: Tori Whitehurst, Killed by Family's American Bulldog
Please donate to support our work
DogsBite.org is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity organization. Learn more »
| 5/18/2008 7:10 PM |
Glad to see this organization being run by an adult, who acknowledges her public safety responsibilities!
My spidey sense tells me that the whistleblower is a Pit Nutter afflicted with "rescue angel" syndrome.
| 5/19/2008 8:44 AM |
personally, I'd rather see questionable animals put down humanely then animals put down because of lack of room at the shelter, animals returned due to behavior issues, and children biten by dogs not fit for adoption. Some people have this idea that every animal can be saved, you only need to find the right person to handle it. Such people are in very short supply. Reality is we can't save them all.
| 5/19/2008 11:20 PM |
History has taught us that pit bulls often "blow up" months or years after passing temperament tests. Testing may screen out a percentage but is no guarantee and should not qualify the animal as safe.
| 8/28/2009 12:01 AM |
From: Jennifer Rowan
To: The Masses
More than a year after all this publicity, I stand by my choices. It is beyond imperative that shelter managers/directors/administrators - whatever their title be, realize there is and will be forever a commitment to public safety.
Without that, whose lives are we saving?
And should a dog bite happen, then, I ask you honestly, where will the animals go? Dog bite = no shelter.
HOWEVER - there are quite literally thousands of incredible animals waiting for homes. Help by being a part of the solution and your life will improve as well. Adopt.