Saturday, January 8, 2011

East of Eden....An Innocent Puppy Dies in Salinas Today

Today was horrible. Yesterday was spent trying to save a three month old puppy called 'no name' at Salinas Animal Services. We'd collaborated with the wonderful vets at the Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital who were going to nurse him back to recovery and then work with us to find him a forever home.
'No Name'
We received an email this morning from Salinas ACC transport coordinator who informed us she was taking 'no name' into her rescue. After losing Fancy yesterday due to human error at Salinas ACC, we were skeptical and with good reason. We were finally able to get through to Salinas ACC tonight after calling all day long. The puppy had been killed and the coordinator caught in a bald-faced lie.

Twice in less than 24 hours, Salinas has killed dogs, both with accredited rescue groups trying to save them. Fancy, a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback/APBT mix was being rescued and fostered to a well known local behaviorist/trainer. Our trainer arrived at the shelter, excited to get home with her and begin her new life. Reunion Rescue was working with these dedicated people to help network Fancy as we have had lots of Rhodesian Ridgeback/pitties, all of whom are in great homes. This mix is very popular in the bay area. The behaviorist was told Fancy was dead. Sorry, they had killed her by mistake.

Both Fancy and little 'no name' are dead tonight. We cannot do anything to bring them back. We have been receiving much support from all over, but a couple of the locals who have dealings with this shelter have warned us to back off, to not rock the boat or 'it won't be good for rescue'. Killing innocent animals is criminal enough, but to use the animals in these shelters as some sort of sick bartering tool is worse than wrong. In fact, it reeks of the kind of evil Salinas native John Steinbeck spent his life writing about.

Steinbeck said “I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one . . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, and in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil... and it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue is immortal.”

What happened to Fancy and 'no name' is inexcusable. Whether or not the shelter erred, two animals who had a place to go are lying cold and dead tonight. Until these shelters begin to respect these animals as living beings, our work is not near done.

Please consider joining our group NoKillCali. We are a group of caring individuals who wish to put an end to needless suffering and death.


  1. Never again can we allow this to happen! We must do everything we can to stop the killing of innocent dogs for whom rescue had been arranged (a vet for to care for Little Angel and a professional behaviorist to love gentle Fancy).

  2. OK, So, What happens next? One mistake is Too many! Does anyone working there have an explanation as to how this was allowed to happen, because let's face it, It WAS allowed to happen! It makes me sick and very, very sad. I think there are people working in this field that actually Enjoy killing innocent animals and that's how these MISTAKES happen! They're the same sick f---s that smuggle the innocent victims out the back doors to the Research Vans waiting outside! Shelters (why they're called that I'll never understand) need to establish guidelines for hiring and COMPASSION should head up the list of qualifications! God Bless These Innocent Victims...Linda

  3. this is absolutely ridiculous! im so tired of ignorant ppl. i wonder how they would feel if someone just decided they were gonna put them down! IM NOT THREATENING anyone at all by any means, im JUST SAYING, but yourself in the dogs shoes! those dogs obviously attacked no one!! freakin ignorant people!! please do something to close the place down or have her arrested! cruelty to animals is ILLEGAL