Local government fail

Things I don’t like my (or anybody’s) tax dollars being wasted on:

1) Picking up a dog wearing a collar with a tag 1/4 mile from its home and not even making at attempt to bring dog home/contact owner before taking to an animal shelter 20 miles away.  (Said dog is in the metaphorical dog house for jumping the fence after never showing any previous inclination).

2) Animal shelter immediately spending significant resources with a full vet exam, rabies shots, and heartworm medication for a dog entirely in need of none of the above.  Which could have been easily learned if they had managed to search through the fur around his neck and find his collar with contact information.  He’s now at risk for an Ivermectin overdose.

3) Failing to find contact information and putting the pet on adoptable pets webpage (admittedly, with the “not yet available” line) without even trying to contact the owner or the contact information listed on the microchip!

4) (Not government fail, but still annoying as hell…)  Microchip company failing to update proper ownership information after more than 5 weeks.  It’s not hard!  Relatedly, the shelter certainly could have called Saving Grace (still the owner on the microchip) and their information would have led them straight to us.

Fine that they want to make money off of us for our dog getting out of our yard.  I can accept that.  But a 40 mile round trip to an animal shelter?  A bunch of unnecessary vet treatment?  Inexcusable.  Some people will be hearing from me.

Here’s the mug shot:



About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

2 Responses to Local government fail

  1. Mike from Canada says:

    So how is your dog? Did you get him back and is he in good health?

    • Steve Greene says:

      Sorry– should have been more clear. He’s fine. He was really low key for a day, kind of doggie PTSD, I think– but seems fine all around. We talked to the vet about the Ivermectin overdose and we’re watching for warning signs, but he seems to be fine in that regard. Thanks for checking!

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