To the Editor:
Over the past two years, I’ve adopted three dogs from the Killeen Animal Shelter, each one with medical problems that have cost several hundred dollars.
The most recent, Balthier, adopted Aug. 31, became sick two days later and continued to get worse until I had to hold him through a difficult night and rush him to the vet the next morning.
The vets thought he had pneumonia, but now with his health getting worse, they think it might be distemper or canine influenza.
I remember asking if anything was wrong with the dog with my past history of the other two adopted animals, but they said “We don’t guarantee the health of our animals.”
How many other people are adopting a sick dog from there and have to make the decision to bring it back and have it put down, or pay the thousands of dollars to try and save its life?
I not only want the animal shelter to pay for the medical costs, but I truly believe a full investigation needs to be done and verify if they’re intentionally adopting out sick pets to people that come to a shelter hoping to save an unwanted pet.
If sick pets are the common thing, then they’ll go to breeders versus a shelter and then hundreds more dogs and cats will be added to the kill lists.