Sent: Sat, August 7, 2010 7:25:39 PM
Sable: help came too late
MCAS killed Sable within 72 hours for her skin condition. She is dead. The family called me this afternoon. They were the Samaritans who found her several months ago running down Powell Blvd. She never had a chance at life, thin and neglected then they took her in. After learning from me from public records that Sable was at risk (skin condition is a death sentence at MCAS) they had gone out to redeem her to seek care and humane options. They had taken her in as a stray.
The family is poor, he is disabled and on oxygen. They kept her several months, perhaps up to 6. They were advised by MCAS that she needed to be licensed, have her rabies, and they needed to address her skin problems (probably secondary to diet and fleas) or they would be steeply fined and charged with “neglect” The veterinarian told them the cost would be $400 to $500, money they did not have. MCAS, no one in fact, referred them to the PAWS team or other veterinary resources for low income persons. Not having that, they spoke to Amy Sacks at the Pixie Project. She enthusiastically directed them to take Sable to MCAS advising them that Sable would get “wonderful care; they would take care of her.” They did. She was dead, no options offered, no rescues contacted, in 72 hours, basically when they went through the door and they took their surrender fee. Amy Sacks has all of the MCAS stats and in separate earlier correspondence advised me she is well connected and would not work with me to help animals I sought resources for if I didn’t stop criticizing MCAS. This is the 4th animal I know about she has referred to MCAS that as a result of her encouraging referral has been killed.