Laboring dog put down after delivering puppy

Animal lovers outraged as laboring dog put down after delivering puppies

Animal lovers are outraged that a laboring dog, who had just delivered her puppies, was put down at a Texas animal control facility. The dog, referred to as “G7,” went into labor at the Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare.

A volunteer writes an anguished post

A shelter volunteer named Dacia recounted what she saw in a public Facebook post that has been shared over 3,000 times in the past 24 hours:

On Thursday, May 10th, while helping an Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society employee complete a walk through of the facility, I came across an obviously pregnant pit bull in G7. I went into her kennel to take a picture for the APHS Facebook “In the Facility” album. She was friendly, but scared, and jumped up on me for comfort.

I noticed that G7 was in labor and had given birth to a single puppy. She had no whelping box and was laying on the concrete. I immediately went to Amarillo Management and Welfare’s main office area to alert someone. I spoke with a gentleman who directed me to tell Mr. Havens (AMW director). Mr. Havens told me to find Christy (the assistant director).

I happened to pass another AMW employee on the way and asked if they had seen Christy, as G7 was in labor with no whelping box. They acknowledged and took control of the situation. I then saw an AMW kennel attendant assembling a whelping box and assumed it was being handled.

She went on:

A bit later, I heard that a message had been sent stating G7 was euthanized. She was in labor, and euthanized. An AMW employee later confirmed that it was indeed the same dog.

I feel that this action is the exact opposite of a what “the most humane community in the Panhandle of Texas” would do. This act was horrific to say the least. If this is acceptable to the leadership of the shelter, then what is out of bounds?

Why was the dog euthanized while in labor?

It is hard to fathom putting down a laboring dog, but the animal control agency has an explanation for the euthanasia. Animal Management & Welfare director Richard Havens told the Amarillo Pioneer that the dog was surrendered by her family one day earlier and the owner stated that she was aggressive.

Havens explained, “She went into labor and we made the decision to euthanize. She was not a candidate for adoption or to be placed into a foster program, due to her aggression.”

The blame game

Though many of the people who have learned about this dog’s death have directed their anger to the animal control staff, there are others who point the finger of blame back on the people who surrendered her. The people who did not have her spayed – the people who allowed her to get pregnant. The people who turned her over to the animal shelter one day before she was ready to give birth.

The reality

It is heart-wrenching to know that a laboring mother was killed, as were her newborn puppies. Tragically, there is only so much room at animal control agencies, and for dogs labeled as “aggressive,” the options are few.

Critical to note

The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society is a separate entity. They handle adoptions and rescue, but they do not perform euthanasia. The shelter released a statement via Facebook about the incident on Friday:

“The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society in no way condones the euthanization of any animal while giving birth. Please understand that APHS and Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare are two separate organizations. AAM&W is city funded. It is responsible for the intake of all animals that come into the animal shelter. AAM&W also has the sole responsibility for euthanization.”

Concerns?

Kevin Starbuck, the Assistant City Manager, at kevin.starbuck@amarillo.gov.

Phone (806) 378-3077.

Jared Miller, City Manager at jared.miller@amarillo.gov.

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41 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    THIS IS DESPICABLE!!!!

    Why would they take the former owner’s word for any kind of aggression in the first place? People like all of the time when they turn in their pets, and they don’t give a damn about what they say, nor do they consider what kind of an impact their statements will have on the pet’s future, or lack of it!

    The so-called ‘aggression’ might, in fact, have been EARNED on the part of the humans involved!

    Why kill a mother and her puppies on a human who’s abandoning his dog’s say so? That human has already PROVEN to have failed his dog, so why take his word about ANYTHING?

    And because, once again, a shelter believed a worthless human without considering the welfare of the dog, a mother dog and her unborn puppies are DEAD.

    There’s just no excuse for that kind of stupidity.

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    • Sheri says:

      I agree with WRONG AGAINST TAKING AN ALREADY SCARED FURBABY IN LABOR DUE TO SUB HUMANS “OWNERS” ABANDONING HER!! ???? Sure she was acting scared ,she was terrified, after living in a home with family. Hopefully they hit an eighteen wheeler after abandoning her & died!!
      As far as the shelter, I AM THROUGHLY DIGUSTED BY THEIR CRUEL & ACTUALLY AGAINST THEIR SO CALLED PROCEDURES WHEN INTAKING ANY PEY OR STRAY. First why do we , tax payers, pay for a person to evaluate a animal? Why in the HELL would they claim she was deemed aggressive???? we all know, plus common sense the POS TRASH would use that excuse!! ugh.
      AMARILLO SHELTER ITS TOTALLY WRONG TO *”MURDER”* A mother in LABOR!! UNTHINKABLE PLUS UNBELIEVABLE!! CURIOUS TO KNOW SHE DELIVERED ONE PUPPY , IM SURE SHE WASHED IT, MIGHT OF EVEN NURSED,, YOU SAW IT!! DID YOU KNOCK IT IN THE HEAD, HEART STICK IT, SWING IT AGAINST THE WALL OR PUT IT IN THE TRASHBAG WITH HIS MURDERED MOM!! DONT YOU THINK HE SNUGGLED AGAINST HURT TILL SHE TURNED COLD & RIDGED!! DAMN!!????????
      All I can say is the one heading this group of MURDEROUS MORONS,, ALL INVOLVED NEED TO BE PENALIZED FOR THE CRIME IT WAS!! I AM SO MAD!!!????????????????????????

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  2. Adrienne says:

    So they kill a dog who was in labor and justify by saying she was aggressive. Her puppies also died yet when the shelter volunteer saw her, she said the dog was friendly and jumped up to her. They conveniently believed the vile owners about her behavior and rather than see for themselves, it was easier to kill her. One let dog with puppies to deal with. All dogs and cats must have mandatory spay and neutering or owners pay thousands of dollars in fines. That is what needs to be done so we can get the over population of animals under control, and not by killing them.

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  3. Pamela Garlisch says:

    I swear those people in Texas do not know what they are doing! And didn’t they check to see if she was indeed “aggressive”? Do they just go by what the previous owner told them? Those owners could say ANYTHING just to dump her! Keep passing the buck people, you are just a bunch of murderers! RIP pups, the human race failed you!

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  4. Darlene says:

    Let’s point the blame towards SOMEONE but assume none yourself!!! How smug and superior these organizations are! The owners are never, NEVER prosecuted! They are turned in with abuse, mange, infections, dehydrated, broken bones, and the list goes on….yet not one organization gets off its fat butt and presses charges!! You let them WALK for GODS sake!! YOU BLAME THEM BUT DO NOTHING!!!! The past owners said she was AGGRESSIVE so you, YOU kill her while SHE’S IN LABOR? What kind of SICK ORGANIZATION DOES THAT? YEAH. YOU RESPECT LIFE. THOSE BABIES YOU MURDETED ALONG WITH THEIR MOTHER! SICKO’s that you are, you left the baby already born die as they had no food!!! BUT IT IS THE OWNERS FAULT!!! NO SIR!!! NO SIR-REE INDEEDY! You’re ALL MURDERERS!!! You’re all trash and need out of that place!! OWNERS ABUSED HER AND YOU MURDERED HER! Trash, pure trash!! Karen’s coming for ALLL of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Sheri says:

      I agree!! They committed a CRIME!! THEY KNEW BETTER!! I STATED MY VOICE ABOVE IN LENGTH,, my feelings!!
      ANIMAL CRUELTY BY A SO CALLED PAID ” OFFICER OF THE LAW”.
      I CALL EXCESSIVE MALICIOUS MURDER!!????????

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  5. susispot says:

    Sooooo WRONG! I HATE KILL SHELTERS. They didn’t have time to evaluate her to see if, in fact, she was mean as her owner stated. I think they were making excuses to dump a pregnant dog they didn’t want to deal with, and babies. Assholes!

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  6. Sue says:

    As a long time rescuer, I have dealt with animal pound personnel who often used the word “aggressive” as an excuse to put down animals, even if it be false. The city and county politicians, department heads, CFO’s, etc. are not interested in running humane A.C. facilities. They want quick and efficient ways to deal with what is, to them, the “animal problem.” Compassion is not in their vocabulary. So, humane people are not desired for positions at the pounds. The less feeling, and more robotic, potential employees are in their dealing with animals, the more “qualified” they are, to the top employers.

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  7. Minnies dad says:

    This is horrible. Such a beautiful, obviously scared girl. Turns out she was right to be scared.

    To claim she was aggressive and put her down (while in labor no less) because the owners who surrendered this obviously very pregnant girl said she “was aggressive” makes me physically ill to even think about.
    After all it couldnt be that she was dumped at the shelter because she was about to give birth to a litter, no she was surrendered because she was aggressive. Yeah right. It wasnt because the owner needed something to say so they could sleep at night knowing they took their pregnant dog and heartlessly dumped her at a shelter to be dealt with like a piece of trash.

    Anyone with half a brain can see that the aggression story is not true, and the shelter should have assessed the dog to see if she was actually aggressive or not.
    Shelters know people come in with the “aggressive” excuse when dumping their dogs all the time, then they know that most of the time it isnt true at all.

    But if someone who would dump a very pregnant dog at a shelter said she was aggressive, then she must be aggressive. Doesnt anyone at this shelter have a lick of common sense? Being pregnant and going into labor is not a sign of aggression.

    Maybe this shelter needs to review their assessment policies and euthanasia practices and fix them so that they aren’t killing “aggressive” dogs while they are in labor.

    No living creature deserves such a cruel, heartless fate. It’s a shame. I hope this beautiful girl and her pups rest in peace.

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    • Carole Huens says:

      Maybe the public should review this shelter’s policy and their history of animal treatment and replace the staff from the top to the bottom. This story makes me lose my faith in human beings.

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  8. pennysdachshunds says:

    AGAIN THIS is CONDUSIVE of the TOTAL DISREGARD FOR LIFE in the NO STAR STATE OF TEXASS!!! Not even and ATTEMPT to find a RESCUE to TAKE THIS POOR UNFORTUNATE GIRL that GOT REAL AUTHENIC TEXASS ASSHOLES FOR OWNERS!!! FOR HER AND HER PUPPIES TO HAVE TO DIE IN SUCH A HORRIFIC FASHION SAY ABOUT ALL THERE IS TO DSAY ABOUT THIS STATE THAT WE SHOULD SELL BACK TO MEXICO!!! WYO BECAUSE THEY LIVE LIKE MEXICO STANDARDS!!!

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  9. Nancy Raymond says:

    I have read way too many stories about the state of Texas and their total lack of humanity towards animals and this is just another prime example – to put down a pregnant dog who was in labor is beyond cruel. According to the volunteer G7 was friendly and not the aggressive dog the damn owners claim and as par for the course, Amarillo Management & Animal Welfare did nothing to assess her – just dumped her in a cell – and left her to birth her puppies on a damn cement floor until the volunteer said something – and even then this dump and their idiot director, Richard Havens decided to murder her while in labor – how cruel and inhumane can you get? Once again, Texas and its dumps they call shelters have proven they could care less about the care of animals – this state is deplorable and this story is proof positive.

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    • pennysdachshunds says:

      Richard Havens SOUNDS like the WOMAN Shelter director either in ARIZONA or NEVADA that deliberately KILLED her husbands DACHSHUND at the shelter there and Murdered HUNDREDS of puppies and dogs during her tenure there… UNTIL the STAFF was able to get her not only stopped But Convicted and she is serving time in the system … to get this done the STAFF all had to band together and STAND UP FOR THE ANIMALS …. This is not happening in TEXAS I am sure if Richard Havens would have had the HUMAN DECENCY to have called RESCUE DOGS ROCK NY under these extreme CIRCUMSTANCES they would have GOTTEN HELP FOR DARCIE …. This MAN NEEDS to BE PUT DOWN to his size HE IS COMPLETLY OUT OF CONTROL!!!! IS he selling the bodies for experimentation or something!!!

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  10. Willie Hines says:

    Texas kill shelters do what they do best .kill.They have no remorse what so ever .just a heartless job.no more no less .

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  11. Connie Yost says:

    This shelter needs to be looked into and shut down because this is no way to treat a laboring dog under any circumstances and How did they know she was aggressive and that the former family just wanted to get rid of her for no reason at all.

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  12. Deborah Dearmore says:

    Who the hell do these people in Texas think they are? A bunch of assholes if you ask me. How could they commit murder that easy? To think, a mother in labor and murdering her, l just don’t understand. This whole situation sucks. Nobody wants to take the blame for anything that has been done.

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  13. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    That is the biggest bunch of BULLSHIT I have ever read!!!! How could they do that to those innocent babies???? There was NO cause for them to euthanize her and her innocent babies!!!! They should have waited and given her a chance. You can NEVER believe what an Owner says and they should have given her a chance!!!! I hope they all ROT IN HELL!!!

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  14. Nonya says:

    Excuse Me! The dog was IN LABOR and had only delivered ONE PUPPY! Get the facts straight. These murdering pos employees need to find another career. Just INEXCUSABLE !!!

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  15. Bunny Peters says:

    One word to describe this situation: DISGUSTING…….

    RIP precious treasures….. so sorry humans failed you so horribly…. all lives are treasures….

    Those POS’s who murdered this young mom-2-b & her precious puppies deserve to burn forever for in Hell for their cruelty, complete lack of compassion and respect for life…… Here is hoping that they get there ASAP after dying alone, afraid, in pain and unloved…….

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    • Bunny Peters says:

      BTW: I saw in another article that the volunteer who spoke about this incident is “not encouraged to continue volunteering”…… WTF (well that’s fantastic….. NOT)…… someone who can alert the rest of us to the “behind the closed doors” abuses has been silenced…….

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  16. Carole Huens says:

    So called “rescues” use the aggressive label too often. It’s about as much a lie as people saying that they can’t keep their pets for so many ridiculous reasons. If these shelters continue to treat animals this way they should be closed down. They’re certainly not treating the poor sweet suffering animals in a “humane” way. Then they go begging for money to continue their torture and mistreatment. They won’t get a penny from me – and I donate to 30 to 50 organizations every month.

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  17. Jacinta says:

    They all suck! From the owners who surrendered and never had her spayed, to the itchy hands kill shelters who can’t wait for more innocent death and blood on their filthy hands. >:( Especially from a momma who JUST GAVE BIRTH. HOPE YOU PEOPLE ROT!

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  18. Jan Barnes says:

    Thank you and God bless you, Carole! Sincerely wish I could donate that much but will continue to donate as much as I can.

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  19. Madison Bryant says:

    I hate how most employees and your management at shelters don’t actually care. Most shelters always advocate to spay and neuter pets yet when they get these cases most times they handle them poorly. It’s the owners fault for allowing her to get pregnant then didn’t want to deal with it and it’s even worse that the shelter didn’t care either. Even if she was being aggressive she’s in labor of course she’s going to ve defensive.

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  20. karen addi says:

    Pits have played some important roles in our country. They’ve lived in the White House…became military heroes…used around children in tv shows like “Little Rascals”….and said to be Helen Kellers favorite dog! So what changed? It wasn’t the dog….it’s how they’ve been treated! I’ve fostered and worked with rescued dogs/cats for 12 yrs. I’ve taken in several Pits. Ive had some that came from bad situations….requiring lots of time, attention and love to get them to trust humans! I know there has been circumstances that lead authorities to have no choice but to put down some that were so damaged due to the environment they came from. But too many times, they’re put down because they’re called Pits! Heck…most dogs that look like Pits don’t have the Pit dna….and some that don’t look Pit do! http://www.pickthepit.com/ Surroundings have a big influence on every living being! I’d like to know the whole story about this dog. Abusive owner….pestered and aggravated by kids….mistreated….not properly fed and watered, punished for potty accidents, not getting the neccessary excercise….or kept on a chain! So many questions! A good sign…she was in pain and friendly at the same time! These pups could have been adopted out! I am currently taking care of 3 Pits…Buddy, Eli and Jack! Eli is the best dog I’ve fostered. Buddy was beaten and neglected…and with time, patience and love…he’s coming around to trust people again! Jack had been hit by a car and left to die….he melts in my arms like a big ole baby… and like Eli…they both love other dogs AND cats! Too many people get a pet without thinking! Large dogs need lots of room for excercise! It’s not fair to expect them to hold their bladder and bowels longer than a human…accidents are going to happen….puppies are going to chew and need training! Can’t be a good mommy or daddy to the dog you get…don’t get one! I hope the person responsible for KILLING this momma dog in labor is replaced with someone that has love, compassion and understanding in their heart! https://barkpost.com/pit-bulls-history-of-americas-dog/

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  21. Jan Barnes says:

    Aloha, Karen

    No one could have said it better! We have a beautiful loving pit/American bulldog! He is our baby, the ultimate “gentle giant”, and brings an unlimited amount of love and joy to our family–all day, every day! If only “people” were capable of showing the kind of pure innocent love that our ‘Bully” does, the world would be a completely different and better place–it would be a touch of heaven on earth!

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  22. SueBiss says:

    I just can’t see G7 being an aggressive dog from the look on her face here, she looks sweet. I could be wrong since I am not standing there assessing her, but couldn’t temperament tests be done on her for they decided to put her to sleep with her babies?!?! Owers are KNOWN to LIE when they trying to justify why they are giving up a dog especially if they are P.O.S.

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  23. PAMELA D says:

    Unfortunately it is too late I would have taken in this dog, however useless subhumans who have no heart decided to euthanize this innocent dog. I hope all of these assholes who participated in this evil fucked up decision slowly rot and die. Useless inhumane bastards who can do this to this dog and never allowed her to be adopted and her puppies. Scumbags hope you read this MotherFu^%kers get cancer and rot. This dog had no chance with you flaming bastards. The bastard that decided to do this is the most fucked up useless POS and I wish I can meet your sorry ass. If I knew this would have happened you gave this dog no chance I would have taken her scumbag so now I hope you have a short painful and miserable life ahead of you.

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  24. PAMELA D says:

    THE DIRECTOR IS THE ONE WHO MADE THE DECISION TO PUT THIS DOG DOWN WHILE SHE WAS IN LABOR AND KILLED HER AND THE PUPPIES. YOU ASSHOLES ARE MURDERERS AND SICK MINDED ASSHOLES WHO SHOULDN’T BE AROUND ANIMALS. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT SHIT SHE WAS AGGRESSIVE. WHAT DAMN MOTHER DOG IS NOT AGGRESSIVE AROUND HER PUPPIES, CATS, TIGERS, ETC ALL OF THEM. HOPE ALL THE ONES WHO WERE INVOLVED HAVE A SHORT PAINFUL LIFE. SORRY SICK POS ALL OF YOU.

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