Monday, June 05, 2006

This Dog Deserved Better

John Hohnsbehn received 3-year-old Teddy, a Great Pyrenees, when it was a puppy as a gift from his brother, Bruce Hohnsbehn. When John Hohnsbehn moved out of his East Alton home and into an apartment a little more than a month ago because of marital troubles, he left the dog there. The 120-pound dog, which Hohnsbehn estimated was worth between $1,000 and $1,500, could not stay in the apartment.

Animal Control officers seized Teddy last Tuesday, and after trying to find a place for him at an Edwardsville pound and at a humane society shelter, they euthanized the animal. John Hohnsbehn said he never was notified. Instead, his 18-year-old daughter signed the paperwork that his wife, Jackie Hohnsbehn, approved over the telephone. She could not be reached for comment.

While John Hohnsbehn conceded he told his wife she could "do what she thought was best" to the dog, he countered he should have been called before it was killed.

So, why didn't this shelter contact a Great Pyrenees rescue organization? It isn't good enough, when you are in the business of rescuing dogs, to just make a token effort to find another home. And why didn't this husband, wife or adult daughter contact a GP rescue organization? Was this family fight worth the death of this dog? Where is the evidence this dog was either unhealthy or had an unstable temperament? Where is the evidence that everything was done to save this dog? If we assume that this story is complete and accurate, these people all were undeserving of having a dog, including the shelter involved. Poor dog; he deserved a lot better than this.

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