TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! ALLEGATIONS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY IN KCK!!!
TKC NOTE: Here's a bit of a public service testimony from a dedicated animal rights activist who sent this impassioned e-mail our way. Check it:
Animal Cruelty In KCKS
I am writing to you to expose the horrible conditions KCKS Animal Control has been called out on numerous times and they continue to turn a blind eye. My friend lives next door to a couple who have two german shepherds (Their address:2961 N. 78th Place, KC, KS 66109) . Since they moved in next door to my friend late last summer, both dogs have been on a short chain around a tree within a fenced yard. Because they are on a chain, their water and food buckets are knocked over and rolls down a hill in the yard out of chain reach for dogs to get to. The owners only go out to the yard once every three days or so to check on them. They have remained out in harsh and freezing weather conditions with nothing but an open plastic igloo. Animal control was called out three times and each time they only required the owner to walk out and put a bowl of food and water next to dogs before they left and called it good. Last Wednesday, the female shepherd at the back of the yard was laying half in and half out of her dog house and not moving. My friend again called animal control and to her horror, the female dog was dead with empty food and water buckets shown at the end of the yard out of reach and tipped over. The officer bagged the female up and then had a heated argument with the owner telling him to get vet treatment for the remaining dog left alive within 24 hours and he would be back to check on it. Animal Control LEFT the remaining dog there!!! And this time, didn't even require the owner to go out and provide food and water either!
Attached are photos of the dogs. You can see the deceased dog, animal control officer bagging her up and the remaining dog who looks to be nothing more than skin and bones. The pictures also show the dumped over food and water buckets, the short chains they are kept on and the dirt patched circle in which they lived their lives out.
When Animal Control Manager was contacted and asked why they did not confiscate the male shepherd, he said because the dog appeared to be fine and they couldn't prove how the female died. This is a complete contradiction!- If the dog appeared "fine", why would you require vet treatment within 24 hours?
To make matters worse, the KCKS shelter decided a week ago to announce that they were planning to redo their floors in their shelter and whatever dogs that are there as of the end of the week, will be euthanized on Friday as they have no where else to put them. Local rescues Friends of KCKS Shelter, Unleashed Pet Rescue and Hands, Hearts and Paws jumped in and launched a massive social media outcry for help on their facebook pages letting people know the situation and begging for temporary fosters to help save these dogs.
I'm only guessing that since they would have no where to take this shepherd if they confiscated him, that their redoing of their floors played a part in the "turning a blind eye" on this extreme neglect and cruelty case.
I've contacted three local news stations who have questioned the animal control officers but unless my friend is willing to go on camera and say what she has witnessed from her neighbors and their dogs, they don't feel it's a story!!! My friend is obviously in fear of retaliation and doesn't want her neighbor to know she is responsible for calling animal control.
I have to wonder why the KCKS Animal control doesn't have to follow animal cruelty laws set fourth by the State of KS. Under "Scruffy's Law" (senate bill 408- aka "Magnum's Law"). See below:
KS - Cruelty - Consolidated Cruelty Laws
KS ST § 21-4310-4311
This Kansas statute states that cruelty to animals occurs when a person intentionally kills, injures, maims, tortures, mutilates any animal, or if that person abandons, or, having physical custody of the animal, fails to provide such food, potable water, protection from the elements, opportunity for exercise and other care as is needed for the health or well-being of such kind of animal.
It clearly states that the owner is required to provide food, water, shelter, opportunity for exercise and health care and if they do not, they are in clear violation of this law set fourth by the State of Kansas.
Not only is the owner violating this law, but so is the KCKS Animal Control by not enforcing it and walking away. KCKS is simply taking the citizens of Wyandotte County's tax money and providing a "body bagging" service!
I am writing you in hopes there are ways you can help!! I'm at a loss as to how to help this one dog come out of this situation alive and furthermore, prevent this from happening over and over again.
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