City of Lawrenceburg: It's Time For A Change At The City Pound!!! The Practices There Are Senseless, Unethical, & Morally Disturbing!!!
  • Petitioned Keith Durham

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Mayor
Keith Durham
City Administrator
Chris Shaffer
Chief of Police
Judy Moore
Tennessee Governor
Tennessee State Senate
Tennessee State House

City of Lawrenceburg: It's Time For A Change At The City Pound!!! The Practices There Are Senseless, Unethical, & Morally Disturbing!!!

    1. J R
    2. Petition by

      J R

      Lawrenceburg, TN

First and foremost I would like to stress this is a peaceful attempt to bring awareness to an ongoing issue that is currently affecting our city pound. For quite some time, residents of our town have been asking for change to the way things are being handled and dealt with at the pound, answers to questions regarding the welfare of the animals being housed there, and reasons as to why multiple dogs are missing/unaccounted for or have been euthanized. So far, no direct answers have been issued, only claims that these issues are being "looked into" and an answer will be provided when paperwork has been received. It's been well over a month and still no word. The Animal Welfare League has literally begged to cover medical expenses for the animals in need of verterinarian assistance out of their own pocket (no charge to the city), provide labor (free of charge) to ensure proper housing conditions, food & water (again free of charge) so that these animals can have proper nutrition, all in addition to working tirelessly to network and find the unclaimed animals a good home and avoid being euthanized.


Beyond being a lover of all God's creatures, this request is personal for me. While on a weekend getaway our dog of 13 years managed to get through the gate of a fenced in back yard and go for a run. While not unusual, she did slip her collar before getting out. After awhile she still had not returned and this was definitely odd. She's always ran around for a bit and came straight back wanting to be let back in the gate. We arrived back from our trip on Monday & started calling the pound since Lady had been missing overnight and there was no sign of her anywhere. No answer, the pound was closed. Tuesday: No answer, the pound was closed. Wednesday: Dispatch was called to see why no one was at the pound for 2 consecutive days & we were told no one was there today either so we should call back tomorrow and ask if someone was there. Thursday: Same response from the dispatcher informing us we had to call back the next day. At this point my dad became angry and asked to speak to an officer to complain. Upon being transferred, he was informed that our dog was indeed out there and had been picked up on Tuesday by the Animal Control Officer after a woman in the neighborhood called to complain about a dog romaing around. My dad asked why no one had been out there all week and he was told if he went out there right now there should be a woman there that will let him get our dog. With no answer to his question he hung up and they left to go pick up Lady.

Horror, disgust, outrage, heartbreak, all do not begin to do justice to what was witnessed. The pens were beyond filthy and caked in feces. The new ACO was onsight and apologized profusely for the conditions and informed my parents it was her first day out there and she was working really hard to get everything cleaned up. She also claimed the dogs had no food or water for the past 2 days, a statement she now says was misunderstood as what she meant was OUR dog had refused to eat or drink the past 2 days (although this was her first day being out at the pound.) Finally, our dog was spotted huddled behind a wall in a segregation pen. She is a long haired dog and her coat was completely matted with feces, urine, vomit, and fly eggs. Horriffingly disgusting to say the least. Her eyes had a 2 inch thick layer of pus that had oozed from both her eyes and crusted over preventing her from being able to see. It was obvious she had been hosed down with Mace. Mom called for her to come but she could not see and was too weak to walk. After several failed attempts to stand, she began trying to drag herself towards my mom's voice but was too weak to even do that.


This was a healthy dog prior to this tortureous experience. She was 13 years old, but she was healthy for her age. Lady never showed any signs of aggression and would eagerly walk up to any stranger in hopes they would pat her head and love on her. She was the most loving dog I have ever seen. The ACO informed my parents she was supposed to charge them a fee for picking up our dog but she said she wouldn't do that given the circumstances. She continued to apologize profusely and said she would do all she could to make sure things were taken care of at the pound.


After getting her home mom cleaned and flushed her eyes repeatedly trying to clear them out. She gave her water and she couldn't even keep it down. She was vomiting profusely. She tried cooling her down with wet towels and tried to get her to eat some chicken broth. She eventually was able to keep that and some water down but could not gain enough strength to stand. Her breathing was shallow and labored so we took her to the vet where he said she had a temperature of 105 and was severely dehydrated. He said he would do what he could but didn't know if she would pull through or not. Lady spent the night at the animal hospital but showed no signs of improvement the next day. It would take another day for the lab results to come back so we had to sit and wait and pray for our loved one. We awoke to the sad news on Saturday that there was no hope for Lady. The lab tests showed she had suffered a heat stroke, her kidneys were failing, she appeared to be blind, and the damage to her internal organs was beyond repair. The humane thing to do was have her put down and end her suffering.


So we brought our angel home in a box, the end result from being housed at the city pound. The same pound that is funded by our tax paying dollars has just allowed our pet to die because she had no water for 2-3 days in heat that was in excess of mid to high 90's. It was obvious to any moron this dog was in serious need of medical attention. Why, if someone was out there checking on them, was she allowed to lay there and suffer in such deplorable conditions?


Sadly it appears these same issues have been brought before the commission and police department before and still nothing is being done. We have been fed lie after lie, excuse after excuse, finger pointing to shift blame onto someone else, AND IT HAS TO STOP!!! There is NO reason why this is happening. Why is the city administrator so adamant that volunteers from the Animal Welfare League not be allowed on the property to photograph the animals that have gone unclaimed, in hopes to have them adopted so they can live a happy, healthy life?? Why are animals missing and dropping dead for no reason?? Why is the city refusing to allow someone to pay out of their own pocket to help these dogs since they clearly are not going to provide medical assistance when needed themselves?!?!? Why, Why, Why, Why, Why???


My family chose to take the high road and are making every attempt to have this manner handled properly, peacefully, and quickly. There are still animals at the pound that may or may not be suffering the same way our precious pet suffered. To date, we have declined several interviews with various media outlets & the option to file a class action lawsuit against the city. We are hoping it doesn't have to go to such unnecessary lengths to get such a simple resolution. The time for change is now!! This problem has gone on long enough and it needs to stop today. Please, for the love of animals and humanity, help us during this difficult time to bring hope and reassurance to our furry friends who cannot speak for themselves. They should not suffer another minute due to the ignorance of those who consider this an out of sight out of mind problem. The Animal Welfare League respectfully asks to be allowed onto the premesises to look for themselves and ensure these animals are being cared for properly. The "word" of our city leaders can no longer be valued or trusted after multiple instances reflect their lack of sympathy, compassion, or interest. So far, my status has been shared & liked in excess of 75,000 on Facebook. Please take 2 seconds of your time to sign this petition so we can show our city officials we are no longer going to tolerate this sickening injustice to animals. I promised our sweet Lady her death would not be in vain. Please have a heart and help us out.

To:
Keith Durham, Mayor
Chris Shaffer, City Administrator
Judy Moore, Chief of Police
Tennessee Governor
Tennessee State Senate
Tennessee State House
Stop the inhumane treatment of animals at the city pound!!!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Improvements Have Been Made...But Still Work To Be Done

      J R
      by J R
      Petition organiser

      It is also dually noted that things have improved at the pound since the new ACO has been in charge. She has so far done a wonderful job getting things back into the shape. Since it was never my intention from the start to place blame on one person in particular, I do hope as a group of elected officials you give ME the opportunity to speak & actually listen to what I have to say. Personal differences aside, I have no vendetta & no axe to grind with the city as it has been so distastefully described. This is for the best interest of the animals & how they are cared for & handled..permanently!! Not until she is replaced as has happened in the past. A signed waiver that would free the city of any liability surely can be drafted so that volunteers can go to the pound without hassle & help out. What difference does it matter if you're with this group or that group?? That's childish and petty!! If someone wants to help save an animal's life, they should be allowed without being judged!!!

    2. It's Social Networking...We're Connected All Over The World!!!

      J R
      by J R
      Petition organiser

      The sadness remains..its not any easier to accept. I have asked to speak before the commission & was assured it wouldn't be a problem although I have not heard anything yet. At this time I am really doubtful it would even do any good because its been relayed some on the commission believe this is all a lie & have no interest in believing anything different. It was also implied they were aware this petition was being signed by a lot of people who were out of town & didn't know the truth. My reply is simple, as a military wife I have met people from every corner of this world. Many live in the States & an equal number are stationed overseas & live in other countries. That does not mean they do not know me or the situation personally. Why must so much time & effort be wasted on bashing someone or trying to discredit them?? Is it too much to ask for a written resolution to help rectify this situation?? Thank you all for taking time to sign, no matter where you are in the world!!!

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. 500 Signatures...So Amazing!!!

      J R
      by J R
      Petition organiser

      I cannot thank everyone enough. Still keeping my fingers crossed this will get some changes made in writing and not just a verbal promise to do better!! Their good word does not hold much weight with me at this point!!! Keep on sharing :)

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Keep Up The Good Work :)

      J R
      by J R
      Petition organiser

      Already up to 250 supporters!!! Thanks so much guys..I have received such kind words of encouragement & sympathy from places all over the world. So amazing to see animal lovers unite :) Keep the hope alive by sharing the link!!!

    7. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Patricia Saunders SANDY, OR
      • 11 months ago

      If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

      — St. Francis of Assisi

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    • Kelly Taylor CORNERSVILLE, TN
      • 11 months ago

      I am a member of the Giles County Humane Association and agree these are God's creatures and should be treated as such.

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    • Claudia Harris BELLINGHAM, WA
      • 11 months ago

      This pound needs a complete change of management! A class action suit against the city would be a good start! Completely irresponsible - a group of grade school children could do a better job of running that facility!

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    • Michelle Ford-Copley LAWRENCEBURG, TN
      • 11 months ago

      This is important to me because I currently live in this place. I have witnessed numerous attempts at others trying to better the circumstances in Lawrence County to no avail. In case no one has brought this up, there was a poor dog tortured by being shot at in a drain pipe and then drug off to be euthanized by the orders of the so called 'officials' of this town. I am VERY disgusted by what they deem humane treatment in this town. I've never been out to the pound, I am sure it is horrific. I can't believe that the ASPCA or any other large pet advocate group can't bother themselves to help the animals out in this county. Lawrence County, I am ashamed to call this place home.

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    • Sheila monroe LINDEN, TN
      • 11 months ago

      Avid animal lover...they r not animals they r human!!!!

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