Demand Justice for Copper, the Dog Released into the Wild as a "Coyote" |

Thursday, 29 July 2010

n Frankfort, Kentucky, a police officer picked up a stray dog and brought her to the humane society. The shelter manager decided the dog was a coyote and told the police that the shelter couldn't take her in. Acting the advice of experts, the police released the "coyote" back into the wild.

The dog was not a coyote, but an 11-year-old purebred Shiba Inu. Copper, a domestic dog, was left to fend for herself. Police and volunteers have started up search parties, but she's still missing.

Shiba Inus don't look anything like coyotes. Even if it had been a breed that more closely resembled its wild cousins, when a dog who acts like a domestic dog arrives at the humane society, she should be given shelter. However, with a euthanasia rate around 80 percent, this isn't the first time that the Franklin County Humane Society has failed its community's animals.

The search continues for Copper, but the reality is that she may never be found. But the people responsible for the carelessness that led to her tragic fate need to be held accountable.

Tell Franklin County that this mistake was inexcusable and they need to adopt policies that give animals a chance.


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