When we think about dogfight busts, we tend to think the innocent have been saved. That is not the case here. They were just moved from one place of horror to the next. Coalition Save the Lansing Michigan Pit Bulls fought so hard to save the dogs from the Lansing dogfight bust. As you can see, when Dreamvil first came into Ingham County Animal Control Shelter he had scars all over his body but was in good physical condition overall. There is no doubt he had to fight for his life. The shelter vet said he was “very aggressive”. I find that hard to believe looking at his intake photo. That does not look like an aggressive dog to me and I am sure you would agree. Rather, the dog looks shy and cautious, probably wondering if there is such thing as a “gentle loving touch”.
As we can also see from the bottom photos, Dreamvil did not leave the same way he came in. We never thought that the dogs we had grown to love and put in countless hours to save would end up facing more neglect and suffering in the hands of Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter. As you read below from the report of an investigation performed by the Michigan Humane Society, you will learn that innocent Dreamvil suffered for weeks. Director Dinon was advised multiple times of Dreamvil’s condition and he did nothing.
“Dreamville” was admitted to the Ingham County Shelter on 7/27/17 as a court hold in conjunction with dog fighting investigation. This dog was in good physical condition and weighed 40 lbs. upon intake and 44.8 lbs. on 8/11/17. On 9/13/17, animal care staff observed that the dog had vomited. The dog was observed to have vomited every day until a request for a medical exam was submitted on 9/18/17.
On 9/19/17 the shelter veterinarian Dr. Worthington advised that the dog was thin, vomiting and may need an x-ray. Dr. Worthington also advised that the dog would need to be tranquilized as it was very aggressive. Director Dinon was advised of the information received from the vet. Both Dr. Worthington and Director Dinon indicated that they would follow up with each other. on 9/20/17 the vet observed the dog but was unable to perform a physical exam. At this time the dog was still vomiting and would not eat.
On 9/25/17 Dr. Worthington observed the dog to be in worse condition. She discussed euthanasia with Director Dinon, as surgery was not an option due to the dog’s aggressive nature. On 9/26/17 the dog’s condition was worse per the veterinarian, Director Dinon was advised of dog’s condition. On 9/27/17 animal care staff reported that the dog was seizing.
A necropsy was performed on the dog at Michigan State University, with findings stating that the dog was emaciated and had a duodenal foreign body (rope segments).
Their Findings were:
- This dog was symptomatic for 14 days with minimal treatment.
- On 9/19/17 an x-ray was recommended by the shelter vet to confirm a foreign body; no x ray was performed.
- On 9/25/17 Dr. Worthington discussed euthanasia with Director Dinon.
- On 9/26/17 Dr. Worthington again advised Director Dinon of the dog’s condition.
- From medical records, that are minimal and appear incomplete, the dog was suspected of having a foreign body around 9/19/17, at this point a decision should have been made to treat or euthanize the dog. An x-ray would have aided in the decision-making process. The dog was not euthanized until 9/27/17 when it started seizing, 8 days after the initial recommendation to x-ray.
- The delay in deciding to treat or euthanized resulted in unnecessary suffering.
- This dog lost 9 lbs. while in the care of Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter.
- The decision to euthanize dogs on court case hold is the responsibility of Director Dinon.