Dog’s death in Carson raises hackles

first_imgBurke made a motion at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting asking the county’s director of animal care and control to report the findings of an investigation into Zephyr’s death at the board’s Jan. 8 meeting. “Whatever comes back is probably going to be lip service to the Board of Supervisors,” Olshan said. “I don’t have faith, based on my experience with them, that anything positive is going to come out of this.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe dog had become sick on Nov. 5, and did not respond to subsequent treatment, according to the shelter. On Nov. 27, the dog took a turn for the worse and died of pneumonia before it could be adopted out. Burke’s office has received numerous letters complaining about Zephyr’s treatment, and Burke herself visited the shelter last week to examine the situation. “I’m a dog lover and a cat lover, and you can be sure I’ll never let a dog be mistreated,” Burke said Tuesday. “I did go in and check the temperature, and the temperature was around 70. But you just never know what the situation is.” The activists say that the heating system has been repaired since Zephyr’s death, and dogs are now receiving blankets. They also claim that dogs do not receive adequate medical care at the facility. The shelter is scheduled to receive more than $1million in upgrades, much of which is expected to cover the cost of a new ward for medical treatment and surgery. Under pressure from animal welfare activists, county Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke asked for an investigation Tuesday into the death of a puppy at the Carson animal shelter. The 10-month-old dog, named Zephyr, died Dec. 1 after an illness. Spurred by an account from an anonymous volunteer at the shelter, numerous activists have charged that the dog was left out in the cold without blankets, contributing to its death. “The county wasn’t providing her emergency care, which she should have gotten,” said Ryan Olshan, one of the activists who has protested the dog’s treatment. “It’s most likely that the cold, from her being outside, contributed to her death.” The shelter staff issued a statement on the death Dec. 4, disputing some of the activists’ claims. According to the shelter, Zephyr was provided indoor shelter space, a bed and a blanket. last_img read more