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updated: Dec 01, 2012, 6:00 PM

It was a chaotic scene in one Santa Barbara neighborhood Saturday morning after a van dropped off several dogs on the street, then took off.

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 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 06:30 PM

Wow what a trip..


 COMMENT 349350 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 07:48 PM

There is a special place in hell for people who are cruel to animals, children or the elderly. The driver of this van has a seat reserved.


 COMMENT 349364P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 08:56 PM

We don't know yet what happened. Perhaps the driver stole the dogs from an abusive owner and freed them rather than taking them to the Humane Society or Animal Services and risking arrest for stealing somone's "pets". It will be an interesting story if the truth ever comes out.


 COMMENT 349365 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 08:57 PM

How incredibly cruel. It is heartbreaking to read how some people treat helpless animals. Yes, EDDIEKD. there surely will be a reckoning someday for the person who abandoned these poor dogs to their fate.


 COMMENT 349370 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 09:08 PM

I was driving by Orpet park when i saw this in progess. Looked like a pit bull mix was yelping bloody murder at being collared by the animal control.


 COMMENT 349372 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 09:58 PM

64P, it is not "freeing" a dog to dump them on a roadway. Period. There are plenty of places to drop off, tie up, or turn in rescued animals. It is not saving them to push the out of a vehicle. I agree, there are always more details to a story than what is apparent initially, but no sane person rescues animals by depositing them in traffic.


 COMMENT 349379P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 10:23 PM

Well, the good news is: now these dogs will be cared for and, hopefully, will get new and better homes.

Who knows what motivated this, but I am glad they did it. The dogs obviously needed, for whatever reason, to be given the opportunity for loving homes.

The method is highly suspect, but everything turned out okay. My thanks to the neighborhood men and women who helped round up these canines. Good job. I appreciate your kind hearts.


 COMMENT 349397 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 06:29 AM

The only "freedom" here was for the driver from the responsibility of properly caring for these animals. The thoughtless nitwit dropped these critters off not caring what would happen to them after that. Did they consider whether or not these animals could have been a danger to neighborhood they dumped them in? How much time and money was spent by Animal Control to round them up when they could have been dropped off at the shelter and cared for immediately?

Venting about lazy jerks aside, the real positive here is that the neighborhood the dogs were dropped in stepped up and did the right things. Good hearts and kind people trump nitwits very day!


 COMMENT 349399 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 06:31 AM

With the present tragic crowding in the rescue facilities how can one safely assume they will find good homes? The humane move is not to have pets for the wrong reasons, and if one can neither afford to support them, nor have the room in which to keep them.

This same irresponsibility leads to leaving babies in trash cans, on doorsteps and cruelly abandoning toddlers in public places. And much worse.

I am so tired of human beings. Animals are better.


 COMMENT 349407 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:32 AM

This seems like the intro to some 1980s detective movie , whereas a wacky an dedicated detective duo uncovers a plot by the mayor to control all of the cotton candy operations within the city via street gangs on their payroll and only tom hanks and dan ackroid can stop it!

I'd pay to see the movie


 COMMENT 349417 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 07:59 AM

Of course it is irresponsible and cruel to dump animals. But @399: The local shelters are not tragically overcrowded. There has not been a euthanasia in Santa Barbara for reason of overcrowding in about 10 years.


 COMMENT 349441 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 08:58 AM

It will be interesting to find out if these dogs were spayed/neutered.

Thank you, Animal Control. To those naysayers about AC, please note that with help from a wonderful neighborhood, AC stepped right up quickly and effectively.


 COMMENT 349443P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 09:00 AM

I accept what you say about euthanasia, but is it really true that the shelters are not overcrowded? If that is so, why are they refusing to take in a rooster, for instance? Several people have written here that they have been turned down/away by the Humane Society so that there is no alternative in the south county, at least, but killing, whether humane/euthanasia or otherwise.


 COMMENT 349446 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 09:07 AM

@443P. The Humane Society is not the same as Animal Control. HS can accept/refuse as they deem appropriate. Animal Control, by State law, cannot refuse. Roosters are particularly difficult, as most neighborhoods don't allow them.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 09:40 AM

Not sure what happened here but I'd like to think that the dogs were taken out of abusive homes and dumped here.


 COMMENT 349495P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 11:26 AM

I believe the county shelter line or philosophy is: no euthanasia due to lack of space; it's done only for medical or behavioral problems. The shelter is ALWAYS overcrowded with dogs; they continue to make do by building kennels on open space, placing multiple dogs in a kennel if possible (nice for the dogs), and using rolling racks of kennels (bought by K--9 PALS) for small dogs. ASAP says their cat population is a little more manageable now, so they take cats from Santa Maria when they can.


 COMMENT 349520 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 01:43 PM

who let the dogs out?


 COMMENT 349609 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-02 08:23 PM

399- That logic leads to locking all the humans in dense cities so the animals can have the natural world, free of humans...because they're better. This is why I quit the Sierra club years ago. I will agree that our rescue dogs are better than most humans though, and happier too!


 COMMENT 349651 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 07:09 AM

609 Nonsense! Humans are taking over the countryside, gobbling up resources, chasing the animals away from their natural habitat, forcing them to incroach seeking food in those cities and towns. Where they are shot and killed by greedy wasteful humans


 COMMENT 349757 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 12:48 PM

Except that K-9 pals is fast running out of money after spending upwards of $150K/yr for the past two years on medical care and special food for dogs that are injured, sick, or can't tolerate the food the shelter gets from Science Diet. So when K-9 stops supporting the dogs then the County will be euthanizing the dogs after they call them unadoptable for medical reasons. They will still call themselves no-kill, it's just that their euthanization rate will go up by quite a bit.


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