Animal welfare advocates are outraged and heartbroken after a lost dog was taken in at an Animal Care Center in New York City, and dead before his mandatory stray hold was up. On the Facebook page, Queens Lost and Found Pets, an informational post was created on behalf of the senior dog, who was found on September 10:
*Please keep in mind the name of the animal given by care center workers at intake may not match your pets name, especially if found as a stray with no source of identification.
Animal ID 75373
Spayed / Neutered Unknown
Color White / Gray
Age 9 Yrs
Found Location Nearest Cross Street:101 Street
OZONE PARK, 11417
Breed Small Mixed Breed Cross
Date Found 9/10/2019
Animal ID: 75373
On the same lost and found page, someone indicated that the small dog’s owner was found…but there would be no happy reunion because the little dog was dead before his owner could get to the shelter. Queens Lost and Found Pets wrote:
UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY, “MR. MAGOO” HAS CROSSED OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE. PLEASE KEEP HIS FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS 9/11/19**
While there are no details outlining how the dog died, most of the advocates surmise that he was euthanized:
The Facebook page, Must Love Dogs – Saving NYC Dogs, had initially created a post (on September 10) to help the senior dog find a rescue or adopter, but the post was updated a short time later to reflect that Gaston was gone:
KILLED 9/10/2019 by NYC ACC
Most adorable little Gaston was found as a stray, is said to be 16 YEARS old, & is now waiting for his new retirement home & your TLC at the NYC ACC. Inquire about him now before it is too late!
On the animal care center website, the policy for stray dog holding periods reads:
ACC is committed to reuniting lost and found pets with their families. We take in lost and found pets and stray animals every day (except holidays) at our care centers from 8 AM-8 PM at our Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island (see our hours and locations). All lost and found pets are held for 72 hours in order to provide you time to come find them or for us reunite them with their families. If no one claims them as their own after 72 hours, the animal gets released to the shelter and evaluated for placement.
Advocates are demanding to know why this dog was put down before his owner could come in to retrieve him. Why was the 72 hour stray hold not applied in this case? Stray holds are in place to allow people who are searching for their pets time to find and retrieve them…what happened this time?
Sadly there are more questions than answers, with the only certainty being that this little dog is gone. Rest in peace Gaston.
Note: An email has been sent to the animal care center for answers to these questions. When and if someone responds, this article will be updated.
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