(Editor’s note: I wrote this in December of 2001 – I think for CityBeat but I’m not sure. It never got used, so I’m posting it here. I think it’s just another reminder of the terrible things we do to animals.)
On December 15 a dog, which was part pit-bull, was tied to a pole outside Keller’s IGA in Clifton and abandoned by its owners. Jennifer Goosnan, who works nearby and who knew the mutt, because the owners live in her building, witnessed the dog catcher from the Hamilton County SPCA attempting to load the dog in the truck.
Realizing what was happening; Ms. Goosnan pleaded with the dogcatcher to release the animal to her – that she would find a home for it. The dogcatcher would have no part of that.
“It’s not your dog – don’t worry about it” he stated while getting in his truck, dog in back, and driving away – leaving Ms. Goosnan in tears.
Quick action by Ms. Goosnan resulted in a happy ending last week. She now has custody of the dog and is trying to find a permanent home for it. Let’s hope it’s not those people who live in her building or the surly dogcatcher.