Tuesday, WDBJ7 reported a story about a pit bull named Ace that had been shot in Pulaski County the previous weekend. The dog's former owner says she signed an order to have Ace put down because she couldn't afford the medical treatment, following the shooting.
Crystal Starkey said to her surprise, instead of Ace being euthanized, she found his picture posted on the local humane society's Facebook page that could eventually lead to his adoption. Click here to read the original story: http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/dublin-dog-appears-on-facebook-instead-of-being-euthanized/24672906
Ace is a blue pit bull that used to weigh 61 pounds. Today he's down a pound because now he's missing his right leg.
Dr. Jared Morgan said Wednesday he was the second veterinarian contacted by Pulaski County Animal Control, after another vet completed the initial assessment. Morgan said he was only trying to do the right thing after being asked if he could amputate the dog's right leg.
"[Pulaski County Animal Control] asked if I'd be willing to help do that service, to do the surgery. I evaluated the dog, he looked stable and wasn't in any shock."
This story began last Friday, when someone shot Ace. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says it is actively investigating what happened. Sources told this reporter that a neighbor is being questioned.
Ace's owner at the time, Crystal Starkey, said she rushed to meet animal control officers at the first veterinarian's office, but was told the surgery would cost thousands of dollars up front, money she didn't have. Starkey says she was given the option of putting Ace down, but would have to sign a form first.
"So I went in [to the veterinarian's office] and got to see [Ace] a little while, then he's on Facebook and not put to sleep."
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office faxed this reporter a copy of a form that pet owners must sign before giving up ownership. The end of the form reads in part, "... that the rightful owner, one; surrenders all property rights in such animal. Two; no other person has a right of property in the animal. Three; the animal may be immediately euthanized or disposed of." Those two very important words; ''may'' and ''be.''
Robert Hiss, Pulaski County's assistant administrator, said the county doesn't euthanize animals as a first option.
"We don't take animals just to euthanize them, that is something we do not do. That's not how we operate. We will take that animal and [owners] will sign that piece of paper and then we will evaluate the situation. We're going to try to adopt that animal the best we can."
Dr. Morgan, with Tipton Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, said Ace is learning to get along with three legs. Morgan also said he feels bad the former owner didn't understand all the options, when she signed the waiver.
"I feel bad that she got surprised about the Facebook incident and she should realize [Ace] is being taken care of and he will be placed in a great home."
Questions about the former owner being able to adopt Ace back at some point, were not clearly answered.