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Question  Posted: 1:11 PM, March 25th (Monday)

About twice a week I volunteer at a local animal shelter, it is a non-profit and basically run by the town.

Today I was walking a dog and witnessed two (animal control cops) walking into the woods, the male was holding a small dog/cat in his left hand. A female control cop was at his right. Something just did not feel right, why would they be carrying a small animal into the woods?

So I stood there and watched, went beyond the trail that they entered and watched them looking down at something. The dog I was walking was a bit feisty, so I had to move away for a bit to get her under control. Then I watched them come out with a black garbage bag, something was obviously in it.

I went back into the facility and asked the female control person if they had brought a pup into the woods. She denied. I know what I saw.

So I left the shelter, and I have a call into the volunteer director.

They did something to an animal in the woods...unethical and possibly criminal.

How would you handle this? I want to freaking write to the city, the ASPCA, the newspapers, etc. I've just got to cool down a bit.

Before I left I went back into the woods to see if there perhaps was an animal trap of some sort. Nope.

I understand they euthanize sick dogs or extremely aggressive dogs, but it is usually done in a clinical setting.

I know what I saw, I just don't know how far I need to take this information.

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Default  Posted: 1:13 PM, March 25th (Monday)


I was afraid to open up this thread because I knew it was going to be something sick and/or sad.

I think you did the right thing by calling the volunteer director. Follow up with that and take it from there, depending on how that exchange goes.

Ugh! People suck.

Take up your space (and do it well).

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Default  Posted: 1:14 PM, March 25th (Monday)

I'll tell you what I tell my children: Keep speaking your truth. The only people who don't want you to speak the truth are those who are living a lie. The truth will set you free.

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Default  Posted: 1:18 PM, March 25th (Monday)

Oh, man. I wouldn't be able to let it go either. Hopefully the volunteer director will know what to do with this?

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Default  Posted: 2:08 PM, March 25th (Monday)

I also volunteer at the local animal shelter which is staffed by workers who are also deputies. Since the people you saw work for the town and are not volunteers, I would recommend that you take your concerns directly to the appropriate town agency, such as the town council or the police department (since you said they are animal control cops). I doubt that the volunteer cooordinator is going to have any influence over the perpetrators' actions, and they need to be held criminally liable for animal cruelty for what they did.

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Default  Posted: 3:14 PM, March 25th (Monday)

The volunteer director just called me, and she is also a bit concerned.....has this ever happened before?

She is meeting with the facility manager this afternoon and hopefully can get some type of response. If not, we agreed this needs to be brought to the attention of the police.

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Default  Posted: 3:35 PM, March 25th (Monday)

How awful! You are doing the right thing, Annb. Big hugs too, that has to have been very disturbing to see.

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Default  Posted: 4:41 PM, March 25th (Monday)

Take it to the mayor. In the meantime document everything you saw - date, time, names of the officers, breed, type of animal, etc.

Go back to that location and take pictures if you have to.

ALWAYS keep your phone on you in the future. Video it if need be should you come across something like this again.

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Default  Posted: 6:36 PM, March 25th (Monday)

Please keep us updated. How awful.

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Default  Posted: 6:44 PM, March 25th (Monday)

So this is the response I received....

This is their story...they were releasing a turtle back into the woods into a shallow stream. I looked back there for an animal trap, the "stream" is almost bone dry and I did not see a turtle.

The director said everyone was questioned.

So basically that's the end.

I told her I wouldn't want to get anyone in trouble if what I saw wasn't exactly what happened, but I also reminded her that I saw white fur that had golden markings on it.

....and the cops came out of the woods with a black garbage bag that obviously had something in it, didn't throw it in the dumpster that was right there, brought the bag into the back door of the building.

In any event, the good news is they are aware that people are now watching.

I'm keeping my phone on me at all times now.

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Default  Posted: 6:47 PM, March 25th (Monday)

You did the right thing.

Take up your space (and do it well).

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Default  Posted: 7:20 PM, March 25th (Monday)

Keep telling your your story.

You saw what you saw. ASS.

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Default  Posted: 8:13 AM, March 26th (Tuesday)

I dont know how many days this has been, but in my area they only pick up the dead animals like once a week depending on the amount they have to euthinize.

I would go to where they store them and find the dog you saw, take pictures of that dog, and then see if its neck was broken.

I would also reaffirm with pictures that there is no stream.

Also, I would type all this out in a timeline so that if something were to come up in a few days/weeks, that you can recall all the information you had now.

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