“Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.”—— The Dalai Lama
What would you do if you walked into someone’s home and saw a dog lying in a crate, in obvious distress? What if that dog was lifeless and only still breathing due to its sheer will to live? What if blood was oozing out of his nose? Would you just ignore the dog and continue your visit… talking, laughing and catching up on the latest gossip? Would the memory of that dying dog in the crate be erased from your mind as you said your good-byes and carried on with the rest of your day?
We would hope that most people would be outraged and would insist on taking the dog for medical care. To do anything less would be inhumane and show an obvious disregard for life. Don’t you agree? What if that person was a veterinarian or vet tech? Would you be even more alarmed and upset??? Do you think the ASPCA and other animal “advocates” would stand up and speak out against that person? Probably…
If a situation like this is unacceptable in a private home, why is it allowed to happen constantly at the NYC AC&C? Just last week, two dogs were allowed to suffer and die slow miserable deaths in their cages. The thought of what they went thru will haunt me forever. Today, I want to share the story of Hidalgo…
On November 11th, Hidalgo arrived at the shelter… a stunningly handsome, happy and healthy 1 year old. He was 67 lbs of pure love and was given the stellar rating of “average” by the evaluator. This dog was totally adoptable and just starting his life. Who would have thought that just 8 days later, Hidalgo would be lying in his cage, struggling to breathe while he slowly slipped away?
As with most dogs at the NYC AC&C, Hidalgo caught the “cold.” Every day it grew worse until it had progressed into what is thought to have been pneumonia. On November 18th, he was placed on the euth list (or shall we call it the “at risk list”). His fever spiked to 105 degrees and a bloody mucus was dripping from his nose. He was near death. The medical staff were alerted to his condition. A compassionate vet would have treated Hidalgo or euthanized him for humane reasons… but not our friends at the NYC AC&C; instead, they let him lie in his cage, knowing that he would be dead before the evening was through. By 6 AM, Hidalgo was no more… sometime during the night, while the dogs barked and the staff did god only knows what, the light left Hidalgo’s eyes and he left this world… alone, afraid, and in pain.
Rest in Peace Hidalgo. I am so sorry no one came to your aid or cared enough to end your suffering. The AC&C destroys healthy adoptable dogs every day. Why was it too hard to show Hidalgo compassion?? If you could not treat him properly or take him to a hospital that would, why did you make him suffer so greatly in the end?
Gandhi was quoted as saying “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”… doesn’t look too good for us, does it?