Calling All Dog Lovers: Emergency at PSPCA Shelter

By Tara Murtha
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There's been another outbreak of strep zoo at PSPCA’s Hunting Park Avenue shelter (or last year's outbreak, which happened alongside an outbreak of canine influenza, was never fully eradicated as recently indicated by PSPCA).

This is an emergency. Every minute counts toward how many dogs will ultimately die as a result of the outbreak.

An average of 25 homeless dogs are dropped off at the shelter every day. There are only two outcomes: a dog is either processed, vaccinated, funneled out to a rescue organization then adopted (or adopted right out of the shelter), or they are euthanized.

The current outbreak and the subsequent, highly unorthodox emergency plan does not bode well for the direction most dogs in the shelter will go. See more details below in the appeal that Melissa Levy, executive director of local rescue PAWS, sent out to rescues and volunteers earlier today.

PSPCA plans to implement a "population break," which means emptying the infected shelter for a scrub-down. Since a recent email from PSPCA CEO Sue Cosby indicates that last year’s four-day population break was ineffective because it wasn’t enacted for a full seven days, we can only assume the population break this time around would then be for a full seven days—though the Inky reports that the plan is for two days.

PSPCA plans to pack the dogs into crates and stack them in "temporary emergency housing in the garages at the Erie Ave. facility," according to an email sent from PSPCA to their network of volunteers and rescues.

Curiously, OK, more like mind-blowingly, despite announcing that the population break would require a “Herculean effort,” PSPCA has not levied their significant public-relations efforts toward a public plea begging animal lovers to adopt or foster dogs, despite the situation being so urgent that dogs will be crated and stacked in a garage. (Meanwhile, their in-house PR rep regularly blasts media with press releases trumpeting their efforts on the cruelty side of animal welfare).

Rescues will step up where they can, certainly, but the economy still sucks and regional rescues are always strapped and overburdened. Adoptions need to kick into high gear if there’s any hope of these dogs surviving.

A copy of the alert Levy sent earlier this afternoon:

Dear fellow animal lovers:
 
This is a desperate plea on behalf of Philadelphia's homeless dogs. Roughly 150 dogs in the city's animal control shelter are about to be moved from one dangerous situation into another. As you may have heard, persistent disease at the shelter (111 W. Hunting Park Avenue) is prompting the PSPCA to embark on a full evacuation and deep cleaning of the facility later this week. At that time, every dog will be moved into an un-airconditioned garage at the PSPCA's Erie Avenue location and housed in training and travel crates. They will live in those crates until they are rescued, fostered, adopted, or euthanized. They will not be returned to the animal control shelter. At the same time, all new stray and unwanted dogs coming in will be routed to the garage and placed in crates as well. Currently, animal control takes in about 25 dogs per day. That is approximately 300 dogs that need to be adopted, fostered, or rescued in the next six days to avoid being euthanized or held indefinitely in crates.

The PSPCA does not intend to euthanize these dogs on any larger scale than normal (more than 40% of all dogs are normally euthanized). But the temporary housing - crates in a garage - is far from ideal for any dog, let alone for large, scared, and stressed dogs that make up much of the animal control population. Many dogs have behavioral or medical conditions that will simply not be manageable in the temporary setting. Sending them there will be a death sentence. Increased killing is inevitable unless these dogs leave quickly and in very high numbers.

Rescue organizations have been asked to step-up their efforts to get more dogs out. But rescues already take as many dogs on a daily basis as they possibly can. The only way dogs will get out in any significant numbers is if the public comes forward to help. Please open your home to a dog who desperately needs you, and implore everyone you know to do the same. You can adopt a dog permanently or provide a temporary foster home. Either way, you will be saving two lives: the dog you take into safety, and the dog who will use the vacancy. There are dogs of all sizes, breeds, temperaments, and conditions; the lifesaving staff at animal control will help you find a good match. Every life makes a difference.
 
The rescue effort must begin immediately to reduce the number of dogs that will be placed in temporary housing, and it must continue once the dogs are relocated to the garage to minimize the time they must stay there and the number of dogs who will be killed.
 
The lifesaving staff and volunteers at animal control are working around the clock to get these dogs out of the shelter and into safety. Therefore, if you are able to provide a home for a dog in need, please go directly to the animal control shelter (111 W. Hunting Park Avenue) or to the PSPCA's Erie Avenue location (350 E. Erie Avenue) during regular business hours. A staff member will help you save a dog that is right for you. Both locations are open seven days a week. The staff does not often have time to respond promptly to phone or email inquiries, but if you need to email in advance, you can contact nsmith@pspca.org or jsweeney@pspca.org.
 
Please forward and distribute this urgent plea as widely as possible; the more people who know what is going on, the greater the number of dogs that can be saved. Please do all that you can. They won't make it without you.

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1. ahomeforcutie said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 03:41PM

“If the dogs have been on preventative antibiotics for 2 weeks, they should ALL be able to return to Hunting Park after a week's absence, after the cleaning. Absolutely no reason not to do this and every rescue in the Delaware Valley is asking the same question. I am hoping that the PSPCA is rethinking their decision not to allow healthy animals back at the Hunting Park facility. To allow the animals to stress out in crates, 23/7, and then claim they are 'unadoptable' so that they can then be disposed of (and by the way, the euthanasia rate will drop, as dogs considered 'unadoptable' don't count in that number) is unconscionable at best and morally repugnant at the worst.”

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2. Stop bashing and do something already! said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 03:54PM

“Highly unorthodox? right - because the easier plan of action would be to de-populate which means to simply euthanize the entire shelter population. Seriously - i'm not hearing anyone offering up the use of their nice air-conditioned homes, offices or shady acres of land with large-sized kennels.”

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3. SmellsFishy said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 03:57PM

“This whole process is just horrible. This was done in the worst way possible. Doesn't anyone down there have a brain? I realize there are a lot of great people trying to help but this is a clear case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Ultimately, however, I blame people who are still breeding dogs or people that refuse to get their animals neutered. The world wouldn't be in this mess if we were more careful about the domestic animal population. The day when there ARE no more homeless dogs is the day when breeding, in any capacity, should be allowed again.”

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4. PA Animals said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 04:21PM

“Population breaks have been carried out in other shelters throughout the country and in most instances entire populations were euthanized immediately with little or no attempt to adopt or foster. Ms. Levy and others have selective recall (remember PACCA) and obviously she doesn't visit the PAWS store on 2nd street which could never pass the "white glove" test.”

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5. Anonymous said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 06:17PM

“One thing that troubles me about this whole situation if that no one is talking to veterinarians. I have been following the situation closely and I have yet to see any indication that a licensed, competent veterinarian is controlling the situation with respect to the viral and bacterial infections. How do we know that anything they are doing is based in medical fact and in the best interest of any of these dogs?”

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6. FosterMom said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 06:27PM

“PA Animals, when is the last time you heard of a strep zoo(or FIV, FeLV, FIP, canine influenza, should I keep going?) outbreak at the ADOPTION CENTER(not a store there,bud) at 2nd and Arch? You can not possibly compare PAWS and the PSPCA in this argument. PSPCA runs on millions of dollars;PAWS does not have the extensive funding that the PSPCA has.

Did PACCA have flaws, some major? Yes of course it did. But compare the save rate(those animals who have gotten adopted or rescued) from when PACCA was around and those of the PSPCA. It's appalling how little the brass at the PSPCA know about animal care and health. It's time for a complete overhaul of the governing board and get some people in there who actually know, love, and understand animals.”

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7. ahomeforcutie said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 07:35PM

“As a former PACCA volunteer (and NOT a PSPCA volunteer), I have to say: FosterMom is right. The PSPCA fought like crazy for the contract to run Philadelphia Animal Control....and they won. But did the dogs win? I would have to say, regretfully not. They are the true losers in this situation. And I can't say enough about the volunteers that stuck with the dogs, NOT because of PACCA, NOT because of the SPCA, but because they truly care about the welfare of the city's homeless animals. It's a very tough position to be in, especially with the PSPCA 'non-disparagement' clause in their volunteer contract, meant to keep the volunteers 'in line'. Let the sun shine on this whole mess and let's not duck the questions or hide from the answers either.”

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8. Jim Jones said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 08:02PM

“The building is the problem. Disease spreads like wildfire and there is no way to contain it. Sadly PACCA couldn't either. I applaud the PSPCA for attempting to do something about this horrible situation other than taking the easy way out -mass euthanization. A lot of people seem very judgeMENTAL about this but until you've walked in the shoes of those who manage these shelters day in and day out you cannot possibly know what it's like. I commend all the volunteers but being a volunteer is not being there all day everyday. Walking dogs is a wonderful service and this post by no means minimizes the great work that they do, but walking dogs is not equivalent to the ability to manage operations in one of the most challenging cities.”

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9. Anonymous said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 08:20PM

“Thank you, Jim Jones.”

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10. Bee said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 08:27PM

“I would love to adopt a young dog , but I can not afford the fees of adoption , I have refrences from Dr. Gates (karen ) .... I would love to save one if I could , I had a Stafford Shire terrier , he died from cancer at age 8 , I miss him , I can never replace him , but again , I would help if I could get help with the funds for the adoption .Thank you !!
God Bless all the animals !!”

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11. Anonymous said... on Apr 8, 2010 at 08:50PM

“Bee, have you considered being a foster parent? I understand they are looking for people to adopt and/or foster.”

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12. MONICA said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 02:19AM

“I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO HELP IMMEDIATELY. I WOULD START BY ADOPTING A PUPPY RIGHT AWAY....LIKE THIS MINUTE. COULD YOU E-MAIL ME SOME PICTURES/DESCRIPTIONS OF SOME OF THE PUPPIES YOU HAVE....I WILL ALSO TRY TO GET OTHERS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD TO ADOPT AS QUICKLY AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE.”

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13. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 06:07AM

“This is definitely not the topic to be opening this can of worms in, but Bee, if you can't afford the adoption fees you have to think about how you will afford to take care of the dog once you get it home (food, medical care). I think fostering instead sounds like a great idea for you and it's a huge help to the shelter. And to Monica, it seems like the puppies are the ones who go into rescues the fastest, why not considering an adult or senior dog, one who is truly at risk for being euthanized.”

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14. ahomeforcutie said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 07:23AM

“FYI: No puppies leave the shelter without being spayed or neutered. Also, since the shelter is 80% pitbull and pitmix, you are much better off taking an adult, as the personality is fully developed and you will know if the dog is dog-selective, dog-social or dog-aggressive.”

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15. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 08:32AM

“Philly shelters are 80% pit bull mixes and it's super sad to see so many euthanized. I volunteer at ACCT and honestly don't see how this differs from the day to day in any large city shelter where there are way more pit mixes than adopters. Many become unadoptable from being in the shelter. The garages will be stressful too but this is a problem that won't go away until back yard breeders cease and desist. I get a lot of emails and facebook postings everyday about urgent dogs at the shelter and it's like preaching to the choir. The sad reality is that pit mixes are not a good match for a lot of city dwellers and the breeders are breeding them like rabbits.”

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16. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 08:51AM

“Does anyone wonder where the City of Philadelphia i.e. the Health Department is in all this? THIS IS THE CITY'S SHELTER. The PSPCA is only "administering" the contract and anyone thinking they still have a huge endowment, has obviously not read the articles that they almost went out of business altogether this year. Now we can argue till the cows come
home reg PACCA/PAWS verus PSPCA. Fact is, both organizations ran a contract that is vastly UNDERFUNDED by THE CITY. What we need RIGHT now, is focus on the problem of saving as many of the dog as possible, before they get to be in crates in garages at the PSPCA. Which as we all agree is less than ideal. Anyone got a better idea where to place them??? I'd love to hear it. Hello city health department ?
That being said, I am also still waiting for an answer from a PSPCA official and/or disease expert who can tell us why these animals CANNOT return to ACCT once it is disinfected.”

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17. Protest said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 08:53AM

“Thank you for publishing this article!

There is no reason these dogs need to be placed into such a cruel situation, especially by the PSPCA. They are suppose to prevent cruelty - not create it! They are spinning this in the media...trying to save face. They need to admit their choice, not to all the dogs return, was a mistake! Since the information supports healthy dogs returning to ACCT, this is indeed a choice - they are not being forced by the situation or the health concerns.

Other shelters and rescues need to join this discussion - protest in the media. The only way to stop this is to call them out on such a cruel and unnecessary decision.

I volunteer at ACCT. If you can not foster or adopt, please become a volunteer and help walk our friends that will be crated (boxed up) in the garage. The more love and walks they get...the less they will suffer.

Speak up - ACCT up!”

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18. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 09:09AM

“This whole thing has gotten me so upset. There is no reason that these dogs should not be returned after the building is disinfected and cleaned thoroughly. My question is if the building is not safe enough for the dogs that were taken out how about new dogs coming in, is the same thing going to happen. I have worked and volunteered at a branch of the PSPCA and there is NO isolation area for the animals that come in. Yes there is a room but they are not to use it. Now other shelters the first thing they do is isolate animals for 5 to 7 days to see if they have a disease not here, not a branch of the PSPCA. I have also known people to adopt kittens that came down with FIP and they were all the cats and kittens are in general population. Come on people wake up, this is a travesty. The PSPCA is no better today than they were when Howard Nelson was in charge. Oh also if you want to foster they don't call you even if you have references of when and where you fostered before.Poor animals”

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19. ahomeforcutie said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 09:33AM

“Perhaps the HSUS should be called in to investigate...just a joke folks.”

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20. Adopt Don't Shop said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 09:58AM

“@Protest Said - THANK YOU!!! Well said and right to the point. The BIG issue here is "THIS IS NOT HUMANE OR FAIR TO THE ANIMALS" to put them in these horrible conditions. If the animals are healthy enough for adopting or fostering, then they should bring them back to ACCT. We aren't talking about cleaning house here where furniture is being cleared out - we are talking about the lives of helpless animals. These poor animals going to be put down one way or another, whether it be from the Strep Zoo virus or going insane being put in such horrible conditions. Would anyone who made this ridiculous decision subject their own pet(s) to such horrific conditions? I bet the answer would be no. The PSPCA is supposed to be here to protect animals and demand humane treatment of them. I would say the PSPCA is failing miserably and it is in their own back yard..”

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21. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:22AM

“I couldn't agree more with Protest Said and Adopt Don't Shop this is horrible and horrific for the poor innocent animals. I feel as though this has gone on too long, for years and years and years where animals are not treated humanly at the PSPCA and their branches. Why don't we all start to speak out for the poor innocent animals who can't speak for themselves. They not only need to clean out the PSPCA with disinfectant but they need to clean out the people starting from the top. I don't mean this to be a bashing session but the PSPCA has said it themselves this is the second time in a year this has happened and what do they think of euthanisia. Please lets help these poor animals.”

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22. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:59AM

“I do not work for the PSPCA.

The SPCA is doing this as a last ditch effort, mostly because too many animals were DYING NECESSARILY from strep zoo. Animals would come in and infect the current population, and MANY dogs would get sick. Volunteers are working nonstop to find fosters/adoptions, and the only reason not a lot has been said by the public is because negative media (like what this article gives) is what is trying to be avoided.

There are two sides to every story. Don't believe everything you hear. Isn't it better that they're being housed at Erie at all, instead of ACCT just euthanizing animals without giving them every chance they can? I'll tell you that if the city gets control of ACCT, that's damn well what would happen in this situation.

And for whoever the jerk was that said that the people at the PSPCA (animal cops specifically were noted) don't love and care for animals, you have NO IDEA what you're talking about. Almost the ENTIRE staff started off as volunteers”

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23. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 12:06PM

“and were hired BECAUSE of their compassion towards animals. The people at these shelters do try the best they can. It isn't their fault that irresponsible breeding is a major problem in this city, and that more unwanted dogs than they can house/handle are turned over every day. Maybe if the city provided more funding, more space could be made for more dogs.

To Protest specifically, and everyone else who doesn't understand the dogs not returning: there is a serious reason why the dogs can't be returned to ACCT. These dogs have been exposed to Strep Zoo. This disease is fatal, HIGHLY contagious, and spreads like crazy. Once the building is totally disinfected, it will be safe for new dogs, as these dogs are not necessarily infected. However, the old dogs have been exposed. So if they go back, if they are carriers, they could reinfect the ENTIRE shelter, making the disease-control efforts a moot point.”

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24. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 12:10PM

“They can't be mixed into the Erie Ave. population for the same reason- god forbid they got the Erie dogs sick, THAT shelter would have to be cleared out and disinfected too, and those dogs wouldn't have ANYWHERE to go. They're being put in crates because it is the only place to put them to still hopefully find fosters/adopters. They can't house them where the Erie dogs are. They can't send them back to ACCT because it could make the problem happen again. Would you seriously rather they just do a massive euthanization? (Thank you Jim Jones for pointing this out).”

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25. Adopt don't Shop said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 12:11PM

“To Anonymous - the last entry - They are NOT being housed at Erie.. They are being put into crates and placed into Erie's garage. They will be that way for at least 7 days. There is no air conditioning and the ventilation is less than adequate. The only opportunity they will have to go out is by the wonderful volunteers who will hand walk them. That's it. They will NOT be moved into Erie's housing facility even after the process is completed. And this information is coming directly from PSPCA. You couldn't ask for a more stressful environment for a homeless dog. They will remain in these conditions until they are adopted or need to be euthanized as a result of these conditions.”

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26. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 12:12PM

“Instead of just bitching on the internet about something you don't know all of the details about, why don't you FOSTER A DOG and save its life instead of just complaining about "the irresponsibility of the PSPCA" and not helping the issue. The reason that these dogs die is because the general public doesn't do ANYTHING to help. Adopt or foster. If we could find merely 150 people in the city to do EITHER of these things, EVERY dog would be saved. Considering how many people there are in the city of Philadelphia alone, not including the Delaware Valley, this really shouldn't be that hard. But it is. Because everyone likes to get in a huff about this politically-charged, animal-rights issues. Don't complain unless you're helping. And if you can't foster/adopt, try to find someone who can.”

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27. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 12:14PM

“The animal control situation in this city sucks, but that is not the fault of PSPCA, ACCT, PAWS, or any other animal care shelter. All of these people do the work they do because they care and want to help. They don't get paid much, as this is non-profit work. They do it for the love of the animals.

If you have a problem with this situation, you should call on your local or state government to help the shelters, provide them with temporary shelters/housing during this crisis, stiffen penalties for animal abusers, or to allocate more funding for the obviously growing homeless pet population in this city (due to rising dog-fight rates, the poor economic situation in this country, etc).

Don't blame the people who are seriously doing everything in their power to do the best they can. Remember, they could have just gassed every dog at ACCT and been done with it. But they didn't. They're trying.”

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28. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 12:18PM

“And Adopt not Shop: I know where they're going. I AM one of those wonderful volunteers who not only walks, but to date has found six foster families for ACCT dogs. Again, it's better than them all just immediately being put down without a chance, which in a situation like this, is the ONLY other option.”

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29. Animal Lovers Anon said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 12:41PM

“There will always be people who think they are helping animals by attacking whoever has the city contract. For those who think they know more and can do things better step right up. You'll be in good company driving each other crazy.”

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30. JW said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 12:49PM

“so we are being urged to adopt these dogs- - and they might have been infected? I'm unsure what to do. I was going to go adopt one and now am afraid too because I don't want the dog I already have getting infected. (I just lost a dog to pneumonia last year, can't go thru that again).
If you volunteer to walk the dogs, can a human pass this virus on to another dog?
Appreciate replies....”

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31. Thank you Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:07PM

“Anonymous. You are intelligent, well-informed, and articulate. Your insight transcends many of the postings here. Your broad scope of understanding about the situation is evident and may I emphasize, this is indeed a societal based problem rooted in overbreeding and a poor economy. I appreciate your kindness towards both the PSPCA and the animals. This problem is so much bigger than the animals being placed in that garage. In fact, I suspect those animals will get more attention and time than they typically would because of all the hype about the garage environment being unsuitable. This problem starts at the front door of ACCT where people walk in with an unwanted pet and just dump it on the employees. From there it becomes an expensive piece of property that would be easily disposed of and forgotten if it weren't for the crew of people trying desperately to give that animal a chance because their owners could not or would not care for it. Thank you Anonymous for your thoughts”

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32. ahomeforcutie said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:16PM

“The dogs have been on preventative antibiotics for over two weeks now. They are probably healthier than they have ever been! Meaning, no kennel cough, strep zoo, or anything else. Call your vet (as I have called mine and am awaiting an answer) as to what it takes to determine if a dog is a 'carrier'. In the meantime, if you would like to foster, go down to Hunting Park to get one and keep the dog isolated from your dog, which frankly, I do in all cases anyway, strep zoo or not...at least until your own vet has examined the dog.”

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33. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:30PM

“JW: Dogs that have been cleared for foster/adoption are not sick. The sick animals are separate from them. I'll ask again as a precautionary when I head down there but I'm going to give my 99% that any dog being sent home is one of the dogs that has been on preventative antibiotics for two weeks that has never shown signs of having Strep Zoo. You'll be sent home with more preventative medication for the foster/adopted dog as well as backup.

If you are seriously interested in fostering/adopting from ACCT, please post your email. I would be MORE than happy to personally help match you to a good dog at ACCT, and would be happy to personally meet you there, as staff is seriously overwhelmed at this time, but volunteers sure aren't!

And to the person with the kind words: thank you. It has been a rough couple of weeks for everyone personally involved in this, and the media hailstorm has been far from comforting.

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34. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:31PM

“JW: Dogs that have been cleared for foster/adoption are not sick. The sick animals are separate from them. I'll ask again as a precautionary when I head down there but I'm going to give my 99% that any dog being sent home is one of the dogs that has been on preventative antibiotics for two weeks that has never shown signs of having Strep Zoo. You'll be sent home with more preventative medication for the foster/adopted dog as well as backup.

If you are seriously interested in fostering/adopting from ACCT, please post your email. I would be MORE than happy to personally help match you to a good dog at ACCT, and would be happy to personally meet you there, as staff is seriously overwhelmed at this time, but volunteers sure aren't!

And to the person with the kind words: thank you. It has been a rough couple of weeks for everyone personally involved in this, and the media hailstorm has been far from comforting.

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35. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:35PM

“Might I add: it baffles me that the Philadelphia Weekly has the cohones to post an article such as this, condemning ACCT for its choice, because the dogs left at ACCT are 85-90% Pit Bulls at this point. Didn't you guys just run an article three weeks ago written by one of your journalists, saying how much better the city of Philadelphia would be if Pit Bulls were BANNED in this city? If they were banned, wouldn't pretty much EVERY dog at the PSPCA/ACCT have to be humanely euthanized BY LAW? And that by printing that article, you're in a way condoning that? Ok, just making sure.”

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36. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:37PM

“Might I add: it baffles me that the Philadelphia Weekly has the cohones to post an article such as this, condemning ACCT for its choice, because the dogs left at ACCT are 85-90% Pit Bulls at this point. Didn't you guys just run an article three weeks ago written by one of your journalists, saying how much better the city of Philadelphia would be if Pit Bulls were BANNED in this city? If they were banned, wouldn't pretty much EVERY dog at the PSPCA/ACCT have to be humanely euthanized BY LAW? And that by printing that article, you're in a way condoning that? Ok, just making sure.”

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37. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:37PM

“Might I add: it baffles me that the Philadelphia Weekly has the cohones to post an article such as this, condemning ACCT for its choice, because the dogs left at ACCT are 85-90% Pit Bulls at this point. Didn't you guys just run an article three weeks ago written by one of your journalists, saying how much better the city of Philadelphia would be if Pit Bulls were BANNED in this city? By enacting that law, and having them banned, wouldn't pretty much EVERY dog at the PSPCA/ACCT have to be humanely euthanized BY LAW? And that by printing that article, you're in a way condoning that? Ok, just making sure.”

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38. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:37PM

“Might I add: it baffles me that the Philadelphia Weekly has the cohones to post an article such as this, condemning ACCT for its choice, because the dogs left at ACCT are 85-90% Pit Bulls at this point. Didn't you guys just run an article three weeks ago written by one of your journalists, saying how much better the city of Philadelphia would be if Pit Bulls were BANNED in this city? By enacting that law, and having them banned, wouldn't pretty much EVERY dog at the PSPCA/ACCT have to be humanely euthanized BY LAW? And that by printing that article, you're in a way condoning that? Ok, just making sure.”

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39. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:41PM

““Might I add: it baffles me that the Philadelphia Weekly has the cohones to post an article such as this, condemning ACCT for its choice, because the dogs left at ACCT are 85-90% Pit Bulls at this point. Didn't you guys just run an article three weeks ago written by one of your journalists, saying how much better the city of Philadelphia would be if Pit Bulls were BANNED in this city? By enacting that law, and having them banned, wouldn't pretty much EVERY dog at the PSPCA/ACCT have to be humanely euthanized BY LAW? And that by printing that article, you're in a way condoning that? Ok, just making sure.””

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40. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:44PM

“Wow sorry for the multiple posts there.. hooray spotty internet service.”

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41. JW said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 02:20PM

“thx for the responses guys. Anonymous- - I'm not actually looking for another dog right now. My husband and I were just so sick to learn of these dogs that we were thinking of foster/adopting just to help out. As it is we are still reeling from the death of our dear dog last year and have a 7 month old puppy that is still being trained, etc. If we don't adopt now we will adopt in the next year or so. I'd really like to wait until my little one is a little older. That said- - I have been trying to volunteer at Paws/PSPCA for 6 months now and cannot get a response from either- so help with that I would greatly appreciate!!! We're definitely considering going up to help walk these dogs though and donate.”

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42. ahomeforcutie said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 02:26PM

“Anonymous at 12:06 today. You said: "there is a serious reason why the dogs can't be returned to ACCT. These dogs have been exposed to Strep Zoo. This disease is fatal, HIGHLY contagious, and spreads like crazy. Once the building is totally disinfected, it will be safe for new dogs, as these dogs are not necessarily infected. However, the old dogs have been exposed. So if they go back, if they are carriers, they could reinfect the ENTIRE shelter, making the disease-control efforts a moot point.”

If the dogs are carriers, why would rescues, fosters, adopt them???? What will the PSPCA do to ensure that dogs adopted out/fostered/rescued, are NOT CARRIERS?

Doesn't the PSPCA see that it is talking out of both sides of its mouth here?”

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43. Kittylover said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 02:34PM

“@Tara Murtha: Is it possible that while you were writing this PSPCA/ACCT-bashing article you failed to see the days of multiple-network TV coverage of this situation and the PSPCA's on-air pleas for adopters and foster parents? That doesn't happen without the in-house PR person doing her job. Just sayin'.”

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44. Adopt don't Shop said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 03:08PM

“I agree, if your going to bitch, then get out there & do something.. I do, I foster, I volunteer & donate a lot of my time & money to the cause of homeless animals. @ahomeforcuties, my thoughts exactly!! I don't think this is about bashing. Just stating the facts. Thank you Tara for a well written & informative article. You aren't bashing the PSPCA/ACCT, simply stating the facts. Sometimes the truth hurts.”

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45. JW said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 03:28PM

“athomeforcutie: my thoughts exactly. This makes me very nervous. @ Anonymous- what can we do to help besides foster/adopt? Can a human pick up the disease from a dog if we go to volunteer to help walking the dogs? I wouldn't want that being transferred to my own dog- and that would keep me from coming to help. (Which I feel bad about since I adopted my own dog from them)
This whole thing is making me sick!”

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46. Adopt don't Shop said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 03:36PM

“JW, ACCT has given out instructions to all the volunteers on how to prevent bringing this virus home to their pets. They recommend changing your shoes and clothes if possible before returning to your home & washing your clothes in hot water. If your interested in volunteering, they hold volunteer orientations every Sunday at 10 am and every other Tuesday evening. First go to the PSPCA website and fill out an applicaton. Once you have done so, if you don't hear anything, call down there or just show up on Sunday for the orientation. I think, I could be wrong, that if they at least have your application on file that should be enough to get you into the orientation. All volunteers are required to go through the orientation before being able to offically volunteer and work with the animals. Hope this helps & good luck! They need all the help they can get :)”

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47. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 06:35PM

“1. Why conduct a population break at ACCT, but then integrate that population, which is potentially carrying these diseases, into the PSPCA?
2. It is ten months since the first purported outbreak - why did the PSPCA wait until now to call 'mayday'?
3. Knock off the 'No Kill' blame game ! Why not find viable rescues/fosters for all of these dogs before announcing the population break instead of telling the public, in the middle of a recession, that if they don't swoop in and save the day, they are the ones holding the proverbial needle? If the PSPCA doesn't take responsibility IT CANNOT EXPECT THE PUBLIC TO DO SO.
4. Calling this adoption event a 'garage sale' is noxious. It is disgusting. That on-the-fly, gimmicky quip that CEO Sue Cosby dreamed up in her recent television interview likens the dogs to dusty old cast-offs that the public is invited to 'rummage through'. Not to mention - the idea of raffling off dogs for free is vomitous. The PSPCA is beyond the pale.”

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48. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:16PM

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49. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:16PM

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1. The ACCT population is NOT being integrated into the PSPCA population, for the very reason you mentioned. They're being kept separate.

2. They waited because they wanted to try as hard as they could to quarantine and kill the disease without taking the steps they will be taking tomorrow. Unfortunately, because Strep Zoo can live indefinitely on a surface, the entire shelter needs to be disinfected without any dogs present in order to ensure a full eradication of the bacteria.

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50. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:21PM

“3. The PSPCA is acting responsibly here: they are choosing to keep these dogs around, give them as long as they can to find a new home, instead of euthanizing them without even bothering to move them to Erie. The difficult decision to make this population break was made because many healthy, otherwise problem-free dogs were entering ACCT and getting incredibly sick because Strep Zoo was present. ACCT was losing dogs to Strep Zoo, and without this population break, that would have continued indefinitely. This protective measure will actually ending up saving the lives of more dogs by preventing illness in the future than the possible euthanasia could take out here.”

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51. Anonymous said... on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:35PM

“4. I also do not like that it is being called a garage sale. It's supposed to be cute but I don't like them playing on the fact that the dogs are being kept in a garage. It isn't cute or anything it just sucks and everyone knows it. However, the dogs aren't being raffled off for free- I don't know where you got that information but there is still an adoption fee applied to all of the ACCT dogs. It actually never safe to offer a dog for free- that is exactly what people looking to find dogs and sell them to testers who experiment on them are looking for. Free dogs to make a massive profit on. It's disgusting. Back to the point though: $125 for a puppy 6 months and under, $75 for a dog older than 6 months.”

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52. Nadine Barry said... on Apr 10, 2010 at 10:32AM

“I have to agree with "Home for Cutie" s first post on this thread.
If all the dogs have been on antibiotics for weeks, why can't they be returned to the building immediately after it is cleared.
This sounds desparate, sure, but not very thoughtful.”

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53. Anonymous said... on Jun 21, 2010 at 12:06AM

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