Conroe, August 21 – The Montgomery County Animal Shelter euthanized 27 dogs and more than 50 kittens and cats on Monday, August 20, 2018, without a veterinary evaluation. The elderly lady who owned the animals signed a form requesting euthanasia, but, under the Shelter’s longstanding policy, the Animal Shelter reserves the right to save the animal, even after an owner has signed a request for euthanasia.
The Golden Hammer has confirmed with three employees of the Animal Shelter that at least a dozen of the kittens and young cats were gentle and friendly. Shelter Director Aaron Johnson disagrees. “All of the animals were very sick, feral, and aggressive,” Johnson told this newspaper. Johnson is not a veterinarian.
Johnson confirmed that none of the animals that Animal Control picked up from the lady’s property received a veterinary evaluation before the euthanasia occurred. “She didn’t want the animals and couldn’t take care of them any longer due to her health. We just did as the owner requested because of her failing health,” the Animal Shelter Director said.
There is no question that some of the animals were in very bad condition. Montgomery County Animal Control took some of the animals from the lady’s property over this past weekend.
One Animal Shelter employee who witnessed the intake of the animals and many of the euthanasias said, on condition of anonymity, for fear of losing her job at the Shelter, “We didn’t do the right thing by these animals. For some reason, the veterinarians were excluded from this process entirely.”
Another Animal Shelter employee confirmed that the standard procedure for taking in animals, even with an owner request for euthanasia, is to evaluate the animal to determine whether it is unhealthy or untreatable. Statistically, more than 93% of animals that have come into the Montgomery County Animal Shelter with owner requests for euthanasia have been healthy enough to save and give them permanent homes elsewhere, according to the first employee as well as a second employee who also confirmed the statistics.
Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack said of the situation, “It is certainly a sad day for the Animal Shelter and the employees but most importantly for the animals. I understand this is an owner surrender of over 84 animals. We need to get a full understanding of exactly what happened here.”
Johnson has recently come under criticism for his failure to move animals out the front door of the Shelter efficiently. The population of the Animal Shelter is slightly over 500 animals, although, in fairness to Johnson, an adoption weekend that just concluded resulted in the adoption of over 150 animals.