On Monday, November 15 a pit bull, who is adored by staff and volunteers at the Baldwin Park Animal Services facility, missed his appointment with death. Euthanasia for those who do not like the word “kill,” but bottom line, prettied up or otherwise – death.
The dog, named “Charlie,” scored a perfect “A” on his shelter administered temperament test back in July, but the stress of being confined to a boring, stark and lonesome kennel run has taken its toll. On Tuesday, Tracy, a volunteer coordinator, reached out to Pet Rescue Report to explain what has happened to this A+ dog:
Charlie wants to live…so do the people around him and his special visitors, who have been visiting him since July 23, 2016 at the Baldwin Shelter. Well, time at the shelter does something to a dog that spends endless amount of time kenneled up day after day, month after month! It called “Kennel Stress” and this condition can determine a dogs fate rather quickly…and not a pleasant one at that. We have seen many dogs, once out of shelter environment recover and make a complete turn around to their happy place.
The kennel stress recently made Charlie fail a subsequent temperament test – which resulted in the “euthanasia” date on Monday. Thanks to the volunteers who adore Charlie, and a good deal of pleading, that “date” was extended – but it won’t be for long.
Tracy shared her plea for the special dog, who is just like every other dog who just wants the chance to live:
Charlie is not special, he is typical, and many others before him just as ordinary in the way that this breed is misunderstood, mislabeled, over breed has now become by no fault of their own a shelter problem…Society and lack of responsible ownership by not spaying and neutering is one of the biggest issues and down fall for this breed. Please shed some light on Charlie but for all the other Charlie’s that have long past over, never living out their full life…. because this story is a common everyday occurrence.
Charlie is now designated as “Rescue Only”
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Baldwin Park Shelter
4275 Elton St
Baldwin Park, CA