Animal shelters are stressful environments for all dogs; some more apt to act out in fear and bark more than others. On Tuesday, as a volunteer visited San Luis Obispo County Division of Animal Services to assess and video shelter dogs, a concerning incident caught the woman’s attention concerning the behavior of a shelter worker.
“As I was assessing dogs, I videoed a shelter worker hitting a pit bull with a chair. I caught the disturbing incident on video,” stated the volunteer asking only that her first name Jen be used. “I have had this video for almost 5 days. I reached out to the shelter manager, as well as both district 2 & 4 county supervisors but no one seems to care.”
Jen’s description of the situation continues:
“I kept hearing this guy yell (he was not yelling commands like a trainer might, he was yelling as if he was involved in a bar fight), and finally I looked up with my camera and caught him doing this with a chair. He hit the dog with a plastic chair. He seemed to be trying to block him, which was totally unnecessary because as I said, the dog was not with any other dogs, and he was only barking through the chain link, not aggressively in my opinion. After he did this, he placed a slip leash on the dog and yanked him up off the ground, still yelling, and took him out of the play yard.”
Although Jen did notify the supervisors, no one has responded. The person holding the chair against the dog had been wearing a volunteer shirt and seemed to have been the “go to” person at the shelter. While he isn’t seen actually striking the dog with the chair – rather pushing it at the dog, the video has been open to interpretation. Whereas the dog was observed barking at the other dog, a reasonable question remains if the actions of the man were in the best interest of the excited dog?
What do you think?
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