One lucky puppy survived being euthanized at an animal shelter in Sulpher, Oklahoma (south of Oklahoma City). The pup had come in as a stray and was given two lethal injections on Friday Feb 25, 2011. Its body was then placed in a garbage container, however Saturday morning, the pup was found to be very much alive.
At this point the puppy’s story gathered attention and currently hundreds of people from all over Canada and the United States have shown an interest in adopting the little black and white puppy, who has since been named Wall-e.
You would think a story like this would make an animal lover like myself very happy, but it disgusts me!
First of all if even half of those people had gone to shelters to adopt dogs prior, the shelter may not have been so over burdened with pups that they selected to euthanize this one. In the USA shelters euthanize over 4 million cats and dogs a year. The shelter was only doing what the public forced it to do, euthanize unwanted surplus animals.
The pup had been left there as a stray, in some areas strays are never put for adoption, so although many people are angered at the shelter for trying to euthanize a puppy, they should direct their anger at the breeder, or owner, who let it go and did not claim it from the shelter (most shelters hold strays for 72 hours or longer).
I do question how a live dog was placed in a garbage. I worked in a shelter and a veterinarian was present (and preformed) all euthanasias, and checked the every animal before it was disposed of. I wont even go further, but in some scenarios things could have got a lot worse for this pup.
I am disgusted with the number of people who want to adopt this pup simply because it has a sad story, without getting adopted millions of dogs, and cats, will have far sadder stories, that will never be told. Why don’t these people want to save those dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens?
Yes, Wall-e is a lucky puppy, but why are people not moved to save the life of another animal nearly so much?