Dog in California shelter is desperately seeking help
Canela’s pleading eyes gaze out from behind the bars of her kennel run.
When someone comes close enough for her to reach out, she places her paw through those bars in a desperate attempt to be touched.
Recently, a volunteer with a German shepherd rescue organization was at the North Central animal shelter in Los Angeles, Calif. That volunteer was at the facility picking up another dog when she came across Canela’s imploring eyes.
All I could tell her was, “Im sorry, I tried, ” because there has been no response……I know everyone is so overfull and crowded, and unfortunately it doesn’t look like Canela is going to make it out of there.
Rescues are full. Foster homes are in short supply.
Dogs like Canela are dying - dogs who are beautiful, loyal, intelligent and friendly.
Canela is waiting for someone to notice her.
Canela is searching every face that walks by her kennel run - hoping against hope that someone will stop and free her from the prison that she has found herself locked inside.
Please share Canela’s information - she desperately needs help before it is too late.
This weekend we took out little Max again but this time with Rio who has now gone to his new home! They both loved playing rough together and there was lots of ear biting! We took them out with our dog Ben and they got on very nicely together. Then we took out Dino who as been at the shelter for about a year now and we haven’t walked him since he first came in. He came in with a lot of dog aggression and he was a bit of a nightmare to take out sometimes but now he is a different dog! That staff have done wonders with him and now he is getting on much better with other dogs and we even took him out for a long walk with out dog and they got on very well, we are so proud of him! We hope this improvment will mean he gets a home soon as he is a great dog with a really lovely nature!
This week we walked a gorgeous little Staffy puppy called Max.
He’s just the cutest little boy, he has so much love to give and has lots of character. He was originally part of a litter at the RSPCA but unfortunately has been returned through no fault of his own. His previous owners have obviously been very loving and responsible as he is very obedient even at this early age, he knows some tricks, he’s very good on the lead and he absolutely loves other dogs. He made lots of new doggy friends this week on his walks and has been investigating some ducks and piglets.
As you can see he loves the outdoors and had lots of fun jumping through the long grass. He’s a very special little boy and we hope he gets a home very soon as he will be a wonderful, loyal companion.
This week we walked little Trixie again. She has really come out of her shell since we last walked her! Stephy has really fallen in love with her and wishes she could take her home. She really is a fantastic dog with such a sweet nature, she loves kisses and cuddles and she’s lots of fun. She’s very inquisitive and likes to put her front legs up on the bridge we walk over to watch the cars zip past down below. She walks like a dream on the lead and seems to be very gentle with other dogs she meets. We hope she gets a lovely home very soon as she really is special.
This week we walked Patch, a super intelligent dog. You have to keep your eye on him or he will outwit you, he definitely keeps you on your toes. He’s great fun and loves to play with anything, he can get bored easily so will need a home where he is going to be stimulated. He’s very friendly and nothing phases him but he doesn’t really like it when you leave. He has lived with children and gets on with other dogs, he knows some obedience but it is hard to get him out of play mode once he’s started! He will make a great family dog and will be loads of fun and mischief!
This week we walked Chip the Staffy and Ash the Corgi mix. Chip is a really lovely boy, he is very lively and loves to play but can also be very calm and relaxed on a walk. He gets on with other dogs and he knows some commands, he’s very well behaved and would be a great companion. Ash is a very old boy, he is blind and had to have his eyes removed due to Glaucoma. Despite this he likes to potter about and ends up walking around in circles sniffing everything. He’s very sweet and deserves a nice home where he can spend his last years pottering about the garden and relaxing.
Bella is still at the shelter so we took her out again on a lovely misty morning. She really is adorable and lots of fun to be around, she loves to play and investigate. She’s very gentle and playful with other dogs but gets very excited when she sees other animals and wants to chase them. Someone did come to look at her but decided not to take her, we hope she gets a home very soon as she really is a star.
This week we walked Lola & Eddie with new dog walkers to show them the ropes. Lola is a lovely Collie with lots of energy and a great sense of fun who loves to play fetch. She’s quite independent and seems to have a lovely attitude to life. Eddie is a beautiful Whippet who was found as a stray and is very underweight so we made sure we gave him lots of treats! He’s very gentle and is happy just pottering about, he’s a really lovely dog. He even took influence from Lola and tried to play tug but wasn’t really sure what to do, he needs a loving home with someone who will teach him how to play!
Bella is a Rottweiler German Shepherd mix. She is amazing! We’ve really fallen in love with her, she’s gorgeous and she loves everyone, she gets on really well with other dogs and loves to play. She has a lovely temperament and is quite laid back and calm for a 1 year old. She’d make a great addition to a family!
Jess has been at the shelter for a long time now and this weekend we walked her for the first time. Jess is an old girl at the age of 9 but she still has loads of energy. Like most Staffies she loves nothing more than a toy she can get her teeth into and ultimately destroy! She has a big personality for her small size and she deserves a loving and playful home to spend her last years.
Unfortunately Blake is still at the RSPCA, so we took him on a lovely frosty morning walk. The staff put a head collar on him incase he pulled but he walked very well and hardly pulled at all. He is still a little boisterous but he is only young and he was excited for his walk! We had a lovely walk down the country lanes and he didn’t fall in the canal this time!
Blaze is a gorgeous, rough coated ex-racing Lurcher. He has lots of energy and can be a bit of a handful if he hasn’t had his exercise. He gets on great with other dogs, he loves to run around and play with them, it was a shame we couldn’t let him off the lead to play! He is very gentle and has a lovely nature, he would make a great addition to a family.
Tye is a lovely staffy. He gets on with other dogs and is very obedient. He was brought in by his owner who is homeless, Tye hadn’t eaten in a couple of days and his owner thought it was best he finds a new home as he loves him very much. It’s a very sad case and we hope someone snaps him up because he really is an amazing little dog.
Blake is a lovely Rottweiler puppy with lots of love to give. Blake is very friendly and gets on well with everyone including other dogs. He’s very bright and will be quick to learn. He’s been making lots of new doggie friends on his walks and made friends with a piggy too.
This is Parker. He was a lab/retriever mix that came into Sheboygan County Humane Society in May 2011. He came in on a Friday afternoon. Kim Wagner, a dog caregiver at the shelter took him in and did his intake. Intakes involve giving vaccinations, clipping nails, cleaning ears and general handling. During this time Parker was a perfect gentleman the entire time. Kim fed Parker and gave him water and put him in his kennel. Later she took Parker outside to run around and relieve himself and then back in for the night.
The picture you see above was taken by Jesy Olson, Quad leader (someone in charge of an entire sector, hers includes dogs) the next day. One thing you may want to know about Jesy is that she is afraid of dogs and has difficulty in handling many dogs that come through the shelter both large and small. Jesy also refused to allow Kim Wagner to attempt to calm the dog (with whom she had already had a repoire) Jesy also refused to allow other dog caregivers that were on premise and were able to handle Parker previously to attemp to calm him down. Instead she had an untrained office worker assist her only managing to further agitate Parker by essentially poking and prodding him with a catch pole. At this point Point Parker was so agitated I don’t think any amount of soothing would have worked for him because the trust had been broken. This poor dog had been abused by those that were supposed to be the very people to help him. I can only assume that it was at this point that the picture was taken. Jesy then got assistance from a cat caregiver to restrain Parker and take him to an outside kennel area.
Jesy then sent the picture via text to Eilene Ribbens stating that she felt the dog had rabies because it was foaming at the mouth and wanted to house the dog outside permanently. Eilene gave the OK to do this based on nothing more than a picture. She admitted to making this 10 second decision based on a picture alone. She made no attempt to go into the shelter and observe the dog on her own. And her being a supposed Humane Officer I would have thought she should know better than to take the word of an employee that is afraid of dogs.
Further, this poor dog was put in a kennel with nothing more than a blanket, a food bowl, and a water bowl. Please understand that this particular kennel that he was placed in is a low spot in the run of kennels and has poor drainage as well. In other words, all of the water pools in this kennel leaving no dry area only standing water with soap and bleach from cleaning the other kennels (assuming they were actually cleaned). Also, during this weekend that Parker was left outside the temperatures regularly dipped into the low 30’s and wind gusts into the 40-50 mph range and rain. The kennels are chain link with only a corrugated metal roof over the top and is against the building. However, the exposed part is facing north and this is typically where most of our wind comes from.
Upon returning to work on Monday, Kim Wagner finds Parker outside and goes to Eilene Ribbens about this to discuss it. Kim is upset about having a dog kept outside and is told by Eilene that she should not be upset about this “he is a lab and can handle the weather, he came in as a stray and is used to being outside” It should also be noted that on many occasions Kim and any new hire was told that if they left a dog out overnight that it was grounds for immediate dismissal. There was a note written by Jesy Olson that Parker was to be housed outside or in intake. This is also noted on the attendance board and sheet. Kim puts him in intake, again she has no issues with handling him. Parker shows no aggression of any kind. Kim handles Parker several times thoughout the day with no issues.
The next time Kim reports to work Parker is again housed in the outside kennel, this time a tarp is around the kennel, a doghouse is provided, and a kuranda bed and blanket is provided as well. There is also a sign on the kennel door stating that the dog is not to be removed from the kennel per Eilene/Mgmt. A short time later Kim is called into the office and questioned as to why she had called the police about this dog. When in fact she had not. The former shelter manager had learned of the treatment of the dog and contacted the police department in reference to the matter because it was deemed abuse and neglect. Kim was dismissed from employment on that day because she cared about a dog named Parker. It was not until after the police made contact with the shelter that Parker was provided with with a bed, a dog house, and better protection from the elements.
Eilene took a position that the dog was under quarantine for rabies and Kim put staff in jeopardy by bringing Parker into the shelter for housing. I find it odd that one day a dog seems perfectly normal, the next day it is supposedly showing signs of rabies, then the next day it is seemingly normal again back and forth depending on the handler. It is my opinion that Jesy was simply afraid of handling this dog and is untrained in proper handling of a difficult dog and was unwilling to allow another individual to handle the dog. Jesy Olson and Lisa Matek antagonized the dog until it was completely distrustful of them and anytime they came around it would act aggressively because it was afraid of them.
In short, Eilene Ribbens as a Humane Officer should have made certain that this animal was properly cared for. As a Humane Society this chould be a certainty. We as a community rely on the shelter staff to care for animals in a himane and caring way. We expect that staff is trained in proper handling and care of these animals. It is obvious this was not the case.
Changes need to be made immediately at the Sheboygan County humane Society!!!
Why does it seem that people who have no business being around any animal end up staffing animal shelters? And when you finally do get someone who can calm/handle/care for/advocate for the animals they’re quickly weeded out. This shit blows my mind but sadly it’s all too common at shelters all across the country.