Last year we reported on Melrose Park located across the street from the Harris County Animal Control facility. Not much has changed since that reporting other than a few compassionate rescue volunteers exhausting themselves to help the abandoned animals. Many dogs are dumped there by people thinking the animals will be taken in by the facility. They are mistaken because the facility is run by the county and the park across the street falls under the jurisdiction of the city shelter BARC. Consequently neither is helping the animals dumped there and many animals have been abandoned to die or worse: suffer from starvation, abuse, being hit by cars and suffering for long periods of time.
Recent witness accounts state that animals are tied to the fence of the county facility only to be released to face the cruelties of life on the streets. Recently there has been an outbreak of the parvovirus at the park. Treatment for parvo can be very expensive and has taxed rescuers to their limits. The most recent parvo puppy named Sable was rescued yesterday and turned away from the first vet because the foster parent didn’t have $2000 up front for her treatment. The rescuers were able to find a vet willing to treat Sable and allow volunteers to raise funds for her treatment. Sable is currently at Brazos Vet Clinic in Rosenberg and a youcaring account has been set up for donations for her care.
UPDATE 10-3-13 Yesterday we learned that Sable passed away overnight. Rest in Peace little one. Thank you to all who volunteered, shared, cared and donated for her.
Two other dogs that need rescue remain on the street, one is a starving pregnant pit bull and the other is a male pit bull. Please see the slideshow for their pictures.
Something needs to be done about this horrible situation. The county has posted signs that say abandoning animals is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $4000 and one year imprisonment. Yet the facility has no surveillance cameras to catch the offenders and prosecute them. Apparently the county can’t afford the cameras nor does the county concern itself with helping the dumped animals. And so the situation remains the same.
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