In Bakersfield, California, a video circulating on social media has caused a lot of criticism for the founder of the popular Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. The organization’s founder, Zach Skow is shown sitting on the floor pushing a small white puppy away.
Animal advocate Emily Randolph Hansen posted the video, said to have been originally recorded in May, and stated she had waited months for the rescue’s board of directors to address the incident, but nothing had ever been done. The puppy that had been pushed had recently undergone surgery and was still wearing his protective Elizabethan collar..
“**live video was posted on their fb page on 5/5/19 this is a screen recording of it in case it was since removed. Video / posts of him talking about the puppy needing surgery again are still up (posted 5/7/19 for example- screen recorded snippet added to this post on 8/15/19 in case they remove that video)”
On Wednesday, Marley’s Mutts Director of Operations, Mike Lightfoot explained Skow had not been feeling well that day, however the video was not indicative of how Skow treats animals. The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mark Fox also defended Skow, stating he is dedicated to helping and rescuing animals. Fox did apologize for Skow pushing the puppy, but wanted to assure everyone this kind of action is not typical of the founder’s behavior.
Zach Skow also issued a statement apologizing for his action.
“It was an imperfect decision in the midst of trying to balance a lot of things at the end of a very hard day. I messed up and I own up to it. I just hope that people look at the breath of all of our work, my work in this field and understand that this is not indicative of my hear and how I operate.”
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