Letters to the Editor (09/08/2012)

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Did dog have to die?
Editor:
On Sept. 5, a dog by the name of Dash, originally housed at the Socorro Animal Shelter but being held by a temporary foster who volunteered at that shelter, was supposed to be transported to Albuquerque so that he could live a long and happy life with Viva Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization with a no-kill rescue in Albuquerque.
Hopefully he would have been adopted out to one of the two interested parties he would be seeing over the next few days. Sadly he was never able to make the trip as the foster took it upon herself to have Dash euthanized after telling the Socorro Animal Shelter Director that Viva no longer wanted the animal and for her to just adopt him.
We were to be the transports but were told that he no longer needed the transport and received no further contact. A few hours later Viva put a posting on their Facebook page that Dash had been euthanized by his foster mom and how broken up they were over the news.
I would have gladly fostered him if the current foster would have allowed it. We wonder how someone can get a perfectly healthy pet that is not their own and have it euthanized and then the remains sent to the dump and not given a proper burial as a dog such as Dash deserved.
We’re questioning how a local vet would not have any issues putting a perfectly healthy dog down.
If this is allowed to happen, then what is to stop me or anyone else from grabbing that dog next door that just won’t stop barking and driving it up to the vet to have it euthanized and disposed of? According to what we’ve been told by local authorities and animal control, this is entirely legal.
We will be attempting to set up memorials for Dash at several locations to remember him by and to keep him in the memory of those that wronged him.
Joe Maruhn
Socorro