Puppy Put To Sleep After Stay In Pound

Puppy Put To Sleep After Stay In Pound
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POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 6:40pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 7:46pm

EL PASO - A local family says they picked up their puppy from the pound, and had to put it to sleep days later. Now, they have a warning for other pet owners, and they are not the only ones.

"We started noticing body parts coming out," Marie Ramirez said.

"Pickles," her family's nine month old pit bull puppy, was locked in the pound for two days after it got out of the yard.

"We took him home. That night he started throwing up, and then he got really sick. Some weird things started happening to him," she said.

The puppy's intestines began to protrude from his bottom. He was in severe pain and had to be put down.

"It was real sad to have to see him suffer like that, because it's something that we've never seen happen to an animal," Ramirez said.

Ramirez says "Pickles" was healthy before he went into the pound, and the family thinks he may have gotten sick during his stay there.

"The veterinarian looks at every dog, every day," Ellen Smyth said.

Smyth oversees El Paso Animal Control Services, and she says that's not the case.

"The dog came in healthy and was released healthy," Smyth said.

Smyth says a genetic defect in "Pickles" likely caused the prolapse. In fact, she says pit bulls are predisposed to the condition.

"This is just a tragic incident, and we're sorry about that," Smyth said.

Ramirez says she was told the pound's food made "Pickles" sick, but Smyth's vet says there's no way. The family also says one of their other pit bulls is sick, and they're worried the condition is contagious. Animal control services says it's not.

Now both sides have a warning for other pet owners.

"Just be careful with your pets. You know we trust them with our pets and we don't know what's going on," Ramirez said.

"I think the message for owners of pit bills and boxers is to watch for this type of a condition," Smyth said.

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Why do people in el paso blame everyone but themselves? The dog might of ate something before they picked him up off the street. Why was the dog roaming? I hate the fact the dog had to be put down but the root cause was the owner. I know it happens to even the best owners but it does not change the fact if you own a dog that dog is the owner's and only the owner's responsibility.

I used to work under Ellen Smyth, I wouldn't believe a word that comes out of her mouth!

The incubation period was too short for the dog to have gotten sick from Animal Control. It was probably harboring the germ/virus beforehand and the stress of being in a new place merely caused the illness to emerge. Were these dogs already vaccinated by the owners?

In addition: The anal prolapse probably happened because of diaherra from change of diet, which is common. It is not catching AND IT COULD'VE BEEN FIXED. A little homework should've been done before blaming an organization that busts butt cleaning up after humans.

I know from personal experience that they do not check on animals. The so called VET that works there in not there everyday. What they will do is attempt to turn the situation around and make it seem as if it is your fault or as they are saying a genetic condition as the reason your pet fell ill. DO NOT TRUST the El Paso Animal Control. They are full of crap.

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