In Kansas City, an animal advocacy group has called for change after a neglected Labrador was returned her owner by Animal Control.
Last weekend, Chain of Hope posted several photos of Goldie, a yellow Labrador Retriever. The photos of the dog show what appears to be lesions on the Lab’s ear.
“You saw ribs, the ears were bleeding, there were feces all around. There were several things wrong over there,” says Chain of Hope director Kate Quigley.
The Labrador Retriever was taken in by Animal Control. Just when Quigley thought that Goldie was in safe hands, the Labrador was returned to her owner less than 24 hours later.
Animal control officials say the quick return was because they took the dog to get treated by a veterinarian and it was believed to be in a condition that would not call for seizure or cruelty charges.
In the Animal Health and Public Safety Investigative report provided to 41 Action News, Dr. Bonnie Dechant examined Goldie and gave the following treatments: deworming, antibiotics, flea and tick treatments, vaccination and Pyrethrin for her ears.
The report also records that the fly strike wounds on Goldie’s ears were 1 cm in diameter on one ear, and 1 ½ cm by ½ cm on the other.
Goldie’s owner only received a citation for not having a pet license.
Quigley is disappointed in the lack of citations issued to Goldie’s owner.
“It just doesn’t seem to make sense,” said Quigley. “The officers that went in that backyard and looked at Goldie and said ‘no violations,’ in my opinion, reprimand them.”
Kansas City Animal Control is adamant they’ve followed all laws and that the dog’s condition was not serious enough for seizure.