2021 Quarter 1 Update:

New year, new content! We have had an eventful year already and we’re here to share some of our stories with you.

We are continuing to do our spay/neuter clinics for the public.  So far this year we have spayed/neutered almost 150 dogs and cats.  If you are doing your part to spay and neuter stray cats, or your own pets, we thank you!

Prince’s Story

How about Prince Charming? He was with us on and off for almost three years. He was very leery of strangers before and did not seem like a very nice dog behind his kennel, though he was wonderful with our kennel attendants. He really came out of his shell during his last visit and is now living with a quiet family who love him dearly.

Pretty Girl Abigail!

Abigail came into the shelter after she was dropped off at an elderly woman’s house. She was severely matted and weighed just three pounds. After only a few weeks, she had almost doubled her weight.  We did have to sedate her in order to shave her matted fur. Now, she has a beautiful, luscious coat and is living the good life with her wonderful new family after 157 days at the shelter.

 


Animal cruelty does not just mean physical abuse…meet Lola:

Cruelty,” “torment,” and “torture” include every act, omission, or neglect by which unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering is caused, permitted, or allowed to continue, when there is a reasonable remedy or relief.

In October of 2019 is when we first met Lola. Lola came to us after found running at large. Lola had a horrible skin infection and appeared to have some type of allergies. Shortly after intake, Lola’s owners called and reclaimed her. Contact was made with the owners and was advised Lola needed medical attention to address the skin issues. The owners seemed concerned and did take Lola for medical treatment of chronic skin dermatitis but did not continue her care after this visit. This was the first contact with Lola and her owners, but unfortunately it was not the last.

Over the next year, Lola came to Fort Defiance Humane Society three other times. In October of 2020, Lola was brought in by a passerby who again found her and her fur-sister running at large. Lola had open wounds, scratches, skin inflammation and infection over much of her body. She was obviously in pain and was suffering. Lola required several months of treatment and numerous medications to correct her skin. Her condition could have been easily corrected with medication and Lola would not have been suffering for months.  This constitutes cruelty. The owners were again contacted, but Lola was not released to them. This time Lola was not going home. This time Lola was not going to be neglected. This time Lola’s owners were going to answer for the neglect.

Lola’s owner was charged with Cruelty to Companion Animals and given a mandatory court appearance. After several pre-trials, her owner finally plead guilty. Lola and her sister both were ordered to be surrendered to the humane society. Like Lola’s owner, many people do not understand cruelty does not just mean “starving and animal or physically abusing and animal.” In Lola’s case, cruelty was an omission.

This time Lola won!  She was officially adopted in January 2021 by her foster parents who spoil her every day.  Lola’s sister was also adopted 10 days later into a wonderful home where she will also be treated like a queen!