Why is it that the moment you finally take a deep breath and start to relax, your world is turned upside down again? It is with great sorrow that we must tell you our Teddy has passed away. He died overnight at the NYC ACC while he was waiting for his transport to be set up 🙁 A beautiful and gentle dog… gone without any warning.
As far as we know, Teddy was a typical 10-year-old with no known health issues. He was an owner surrender and no mention was made of any life-threatening illnesses. As with most dogs at the NYC ACC, Teddy contracted kennel cough– an upper respiratory infection (URI). Medication, and proper CARE, could and should have resolved it. Amsterdog and Teddy’s foster are distraught and heartbroken… as are all of us at Urgent.
We know dogs get sick and some die. We know that Teddy was an older gentleman with an incomplete medical history. We know “shit happens,” but we refuse to accept this. Not once was any mention made to anyone that Teddy’s health was declining at the shelter. Not once was anyone contacted to get Teddy to a vet ASAP. Not once was it stated that his kennel cough had gotten worse or progressed to pneumonia. Not one person at the shelter can even say what went wrong because not one person noticed poor Teddy in distress. He died alone and his body wasn’t discovered until they went to feed him this morning. How long did he struggle? Was he in pain? Was he afraid? How I wish he could have known that there was a wonderful woman waiting to welcome him into her home and heart. How I wish he could have left this world knowing that he was loved.
At this time, we do not know if Teddy’s death could have been prevented, but we do know that medical help could have been sought. The shelter has staff that are supposed to be watching and caring for these animals. What are they doing instead? As many will tell you, most (not all) of the staff can be found chatting, smoking, or on personal calls. The animals are the least of their priorities and it shows. Shelters are not an easy place to work at and we know it can be emotionally challenging, but if you can not handle it, resign. Unless you can be there for the animals, and give them your all, go find another job. These dogs already have the chips stacked against them… they deserve to at least have a caring and attentive staff watching over them. Teddy was failed… nothing can bring him back or make it better, but do not let it happen again. The world is watching…
Teddy’s original thread: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=306555542690665&set=a.300118213334398.84518.152876678058553&type=3&theater