On December 27, 2011, the Kansas Humane Society (KHS) accepted an owner surrender named Lucy, a friendly and healthy one year old Labrador. KHS killed Lucy within 10 minutes of intake in apparent violation of Kansas state law, which requires a three day holding period for all animals including owner surrenders.
- KS Attorney General
On Tuesday, December 27, 2011, the Kansas Humane Society reportedly accepted a friendly, healthy, 1 year old Labrador Retriever named Lucy from a surrendering owner. The owner apparently reported that the dog was left alone all day while the owner worked and during the day, the dog would chew on furniture and other inappropriate items. This is typical behavior for a dog of Lucy’s age and breed who is left alone all day.
The Kansas Humane Society did not hold Lucy for the minimum 3 days as required by state law but instead killed her immediately upon receipt, while the owner was still in the parking lot. The Kansas Humane Society did not deny this fact when asked by the Wichita Eagle, nor did the representative indicate this was an isolated incident, an error, or a practice the organization vowed to eliminate in future. In fact, the representative “said she couldn’t say how often an animal is put down in the relatively short time frame that [Lucy] was”. A logical interpretation would be that the immediate killing of surrendered pets is a common practice at the Kansas Humane Society.
I am requesting you open an investigation into Lucy’s killing and the practices of the Kansas Humane Society to determine if Lucy and/or other pets have been killed there in violation of Kansas state law.
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