Justice for Kringle
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This is a picture of a dead dog, Kringle, who died in my car on the way to the vet at Bear Branch this morning. He sat on the floor this morning with me and my husband with his head on our laps and his eyes beaming bright blue. I thought we had a shot, but no, God had other plans for this baby. The nurse carried him into the back room and the vet took an xray of his chest. He died due to extreme trauma from the car that hit him, so hard that he had a huge hole in his lungs and his heart was out of place in his internal cavity. Both lungs were filled with his blood! He slowly over weeks suffocated to death.
So when he came in to Montgomery County Animal Shelter on October 17 he was given vaccines and a HW test and weighed in at only 56 pounds, all the while someone (a vet or vet tech) could have seen, with a visual, his injuries to his hip. No pain meds were given for the first 6 days of his internment! And they were only given for 5 days total per the shelter records. He was put on the adoption room floor to be adopted. 10 DAYS later, on October 27, he was allowed to go to Bear Branch for an x-ray on his hip, while there BB offered to treat further as they saw that he was sick and needed more help, however when they called MCAS for authorization they were told NO, they could only do the x-ray and to return him to the shelter.
Within the next day or so, Dr. Gentry, the head vet at the shelter, actually authorized this dog to be sent to A&M for a neuter surgery. Total and complete lack of competence by a vet to allow the dog to travel for such an unnecessary surgery when there was an underlying more pressing situation to be dealt with. And for A&M to do the surgery is criminal as well. I have verified with the student who performed the surgery that Kringle's weight was 51 pounds, temperature was 104.9 and he was visually presenting symptom's of a URI. However the student was instructed to still perform the surgery as he was "just a shelter dog"! What are they teaching future vets to do? Perform unnecessary surgeries just so the students can get training? Isn't the first rule of medicine is "to do no harm"?
So Kringle is then transferred back to MCAS on Saturday November 4 where he is again placed on the adoption floor in the Green room in kennel 13A with a bright purple "I've been walked" card. Why anyone would actually walk a dog in the condition he was in is beyond what we can fathom ..... you could clearly see the hip injury and that his breathing was labored. However from that walk it was the pictures and compassion of a volunteer over 18 days after his arrival that his plight and pain were brought to the internet. That's how our rescue, Northern Lakes Rescue, came to find him. Kringle was then moved to the ISO room with what the shelter thought was a URI. When we picked him up Monday morning a kennel tech did offer to carry him to my car but the Rescue Coordinator said "No he can walk" and she went and retrieved him from ISO and made him walk down that long hallway to me. Imagine making your grandmother with a broken hip walk the length of a long driveway? I'm speechless with the lack of compassion from a coordinator whose job it is to contact rescues and save the lives of the dogs they are entrusted with.
Kringle was brought directly to BB for evaluation before coming to our home to try and be saved. Two short days later and lots of hours spent trying to love him and save him, he passed away in the car gently nudging me on our way back to the vet because he was coughing up blood. We now know that he was tested positive for distemper (while he was on the open adoption floors at the shelter) and he suffered so much trauma from his initial run in with a car that he never should have survived. In fact if only we could have had a proper medical evaluation of his condition upon intake at the shelter 21 days prior, either by a lateral chest x-ray or hands on eval by a vet, the extent of his injuries would have been detected and a very humane decision could have been made to end his suffering.
This was Kringle's story, however we don't want it to be the story of other dogs at our shelter. We want the head vet to be censured or released from his duties and the rescue coordinator as well. The dogs at MCAS and their needs must be a priority while they are under our care.
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