Photos courtesy of IndyHumane Society
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 27, 2014) – Three animals were abandoned near Humane Society of Indianapolis this week.
Abandoning animals is illegal in Marion County and can be dangerous or even fatal to the animals.
On Monday, a Good Samaritan found a 2-year-old Shiba Inu mix wandering in a residential area near the shelter. When brought to IndyHumane, staff on duty recognized the dog from a previous interaction with a patron on Sunday, and therefore believe the dog was abandoned.
On Monday evening after the shelter was closed, staff working late saw a patron tie a very thin, four-year-old Boxer mix to a fence on IndyHumane property and then abandon this dog.
On Tuesday evening after closing time, a 17-year-old calico cat was found outside shelter intake doors inside a carrier.
According to Marion County ordinance, Sec. 531-402 Abandonment of animal provision, ‘it shall be unlawful for a person to abandon any animal on public or private property in the city, and a violation of this section shall be punishable as provided in section 103-3 of this Code.’
“Surveillance video captures activity on shelter property,” Kirsten VantWoud, IndyHumane Chief Operating Officer, says.
‘The public can face fines of $200 or more for abandoning an animal, but the safety of the animals is what concerns our staff the most. We are asking patrons to please think about what can happen to malnourished dogs and 17-year-old cats (or any animal, for that matter) when left outdoors at night. It`s not only illegal, but also extremely dangerous to leave an animal abandoned outside. And in this cold weather, it`s particularly risky.”
“Our community is overwhelmed with animals in need and we are begging the public to ring the doorbell and talk to our staff when it comes to unwanted animals,” says VantWoud. “We can`t tackle this problem alone and are asking people to keep animals safe and confined until they can be handed over to Indianapolis Animal Care and Control or a rescue organization such as IndyHumane. Both Indianapolis Animal Care and Control and IndyHumane have regular business hours to help people and pets in need. Please be considerate of those hours, and help us save more animals.”
Thankfully, all three animals were found this week before it was too late. Citizens needing assistance for their animals can call the shelter at 317.872.5650 or call 211 to discuss available resources. IndyHumane does not require any fee to drop off an animal.