A disturbing image posted to social media on Friday led Animal Care Services in San Antonio, Texas to an investigation after animal advocates expressed outrage over the treatment of a small dog being carried by a noose at the end of a catch pole. The incident occurred in the 200 block of Thorain Boulevard where five abandoned dogs had been left by a tenant who had been suddenly evicted – leaving the dogs behind like trash.
According to Kens5News, the dogs had been roaming the neighborhood and causing problems. Two of the dogs were captured without incident, and a third dog had been secured in a humane trap. When Animal Care Services arrived to remove the frightened dog, the officer used a catch pole.
And moments later came the disturbing photo of the agent using the pole with a noose at the end and suspending the tiny pup in mid-air as he walked down the long driveway. The dog was clearly distressed; having been handled in such an inappropriate manner.
When Animal Care Services were shown the photo, they pulled the officer from the field and assigned him to administrative duties. On the organization’s Facebook page, the response to the public from Heber Lefgren, Director, City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, stated:
“A picture has recently been circulating online. We hear your concern. We share it and we have opened an internal investigation into this incident.
We take our responsibility of humane care and handling very seriously and we want to assure you the dog involved in this case, who has confirmed placement with a rescue partner, has no apparent injuries (as verified immediately by our vets).
That does not discount the fact that lifting and carrying a dog with only an animal restraint pole is not acceptable by ACS staff.
Again, an investigation into this matter is underway.
Thank you for caring for the animals in our community. Please know we share that same passion.”
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(Photo via Facebook. Video Kens5News)
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