Columbia police ‘euthanized’ 8 dogs by shooting them

In Columbia, Mississippi, the Columbia Animal Control and Rescue and the Columbia Police Department have come under fire after eight dogs were “euthanized” by being shot to death. The shelter is operated through the police department which claims there isn’t money in the budget to hire a veterinarian to euthanize the dogs with drugs.

According to Hattiesburg American, Mayor Justin McKenzie defended the police shooting dogs stating it was “humane and legal” and that the police have been following the policies for years. On Monday night, eight dogs were shot – the mayor stating they were either “sick, aggressive or otherwise unadoptable.”

The police department issued the following news release:

“This week was one of those rare and unfortunate times in which euthanasia had to take place. Again, this is not our goal nor do we take pleasure in this duty, however it is necessary on occasion for the health and well being of adoptable animals as well as the staff of our facility,” wrote Police Chief Mike Kelly.

Comments on the shelter’s Facebook page were very critical of the police and shelter.

“Shame on you for allowing police officers to shoot 8 dogs to death because as a rescue you couldnt ask for help in getting them help. if they were truly aggressive, sick or unacceptable, someone should have reached out for help. They didn’t deserve that. I hope their cries haunt you for the rest of your lives. These animals have been repeatedly failed by people and the ones who could be their saviours allowed them to die in a barbaric and painful way.”
And another concerned citizen posted her outrage:
“Your town’s cops shoot dogs and cats that aren’t considered adoptable?! How is that humane?? No money to buy the proper medications to euthanize humanely? How much could these meds possibly cost? Those officers should be ashamed of themselves. No one can possibly believe that shooting a cat or dog is a humane way to “euthanize.” These 8 dogs that were recently shot were murdered!! Get a clue!!”
The Columbia Animal Control and Rescue is considered a no-kill shelter since less than 10 percent of animals are euthanized. At the current time, there are 32 dogs and 56 cats at the shelter. Two city employees work at the shelter as well as volunteers and local companies who help to supply the shelter with food and supplies.
In Mississippi, animals can be shot to death by a law enforcement officer, and according to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, is considered a humane method of euthanasia. The shelter is working  towards new practices to better serve the animals and the community.

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7 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    SHOOTING IS “HUMANE”? WHAT PLANET IS THIS?!

    THIS IS NOTHING LESS THAN COLD-BLOODED “MURDER!”

    FIRST, “KARMA”–NEXT, “HELL”!

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  2. Pennys dachshunds says:

    Mississippi What a Bunch of Ruthless Red-Neck Bunch of Riff-Raff : and YOU call YOUR SELVES OFFICER”S OF The LAW and ENFORCEMENT OF ANIMAL CONTROL!!! UP in MY End of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!!! : YOU ARE EQUAL to “MISSISSIPPI” BURNING or IN THE HEAT OF TH NIGHT PART II!!! BARBARIC!!!!

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  3. Bunny Peters says:

    Absolutely disgusting “POS Bullies with badges”…… They will burn in Hell forever for their cruelty……

    Precious treasures, I am so sorry that you all were failed in every way possible by humans……. Precious treasures I absolutely know that you all are in Heaven. Please look for MacKitty and join his wonderful snuggle buddies group and RIP amongst loving friends……..

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  4. Gens says:

    Terrible state law , WOULD NEVER VACATION OR VISIT, uncivilized obviously I guess they don’t have rescue groups in that inhumane state of Mississippi

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  5. Diana Rowell says:

    THAT is straight up MISSISSIPPI and do NOT believe a word that HEARTLESS, SOULLESS Police Chief Mike Kelly says. I’ve lived there and could NOT stomach how these WHITE, EVIL demons with badges, judgeships, etc. CONSTANTLY embrace and DEFEND EXTREME violence against ANY women, female child, and/or animals. ALL these vile sadists like Chief Kelly care about in Mississippi is STEALING as much taxpayer money as they can get away with. When they’re caught, their good ole boys allow them to ESCAPE ALL punishment and responsibility. THEY called ICE and BEGGED them to raid these food processing plants and records show: “they don’t like brown skin colored people at all and want immigrants to be violently destroyed” with a raid, and SPECIFICALLY asked that it be right as school started, so their children would “be extremely traumatized”. IF EVERYONE WOULD QUIT GIVING ANY MONEY TO ANY RESCUE IN A STATE LIKE THIS WHERE THEY DO NOTHING TO CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT DYNAMICS TO ALLOW FOR MORE HUMANE LAWS, I BET A $100 THESE SAME PEOPLE WOULD GO INTO HIGH GEAR TO VOTE IN TRUE AMERICANS, RATHER THAN THESE DEMON SPAWNED RUSSIAN PLACED MAGGOTS.

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  6. Diana Rowell says:

    I don’t blame the PD or AC, BUT I DO BLAME THE REDNECK FREAKS WHO VOTE THESE SUB-HUMAN, MAGGOT ASS WIPES INTO OFFICE OVER and OVER AGAIN. THEIR OWN CHILDREN ARE BEATEN, RAPED and SHOT IN THE BACK BY THE SAME BASTARDS; who do they vote for again, the SAME murderers. Please do NOT feel sorry for these people at ALL, they are getting EXACTLY what THEY DESERVE. Hopefully, one day they’ll put down the whiskey and drugs long enough to REALIZE: hey, we can vote them out and get someone else who ACTUALLY cares. Until then, I have no money OR feelings for you. One last thing to YOU EVIL PUKES in MS: God SEES all and forgets NOTHING. May not mean anything to these rednecks, because they seem to LIE about everything, so maybe they REALLY ARE NOT Christians!

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