Imagine you have an overcrowded animal shelter. Some media attention and publicity could probably help with that, right?
In a nice twist of fate, let’s say that your local television station agrees to come down to your shelter to help you publicize the fact that you’re overcrowded.
If you’re that shelter, do you:
a) use the media time to try and show off some of your adoptable pets
b) Kill an animal on live television, and then tell the public it’s ‘their fault’ you had to kill him.
If you picked B, you must work for Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, who just did exactly that live on ABC Affiliate KVIA.
Animal Services Center Director Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock, who apparently signed off on the live televised execution, pulls out the tired old “Blame the public” card in the follow up story on KVIA’s web page, saying –
“It is just really, really irresponsible,” Vesco-Mock said. “This is a lifetime commitment of the animal and it’s really not fair to be dumping it at the shelter all the time and expecting the shelter staff to be able to come up with a solution for your animal.”
Shelter worker Curtis Herring is the one who actually killed the dog live on camera, but Curtis says that’s ok – the owners basically tell the shelter they don’t mind if their dogs get killed.
“They bring their dogs in and say they don’t care if we euthanize it, it’s our decision,” Herring said.
More of the same old song and dance here, including footage of the murder. And no, I’m not calling euthanasia, because this was an execution, not a mercy killing.
By the way, in my opinon KVIA is not off the hook here, either – they epitomize the very worst of “if it bleeds, it leads” shock reporting. Heads up, KVIA – you might want to take a close look at how well that worked out for Rupert Murdoch’s “News of the World”.
If you’re leaving a comment on KVIA’s page, feel free to point out to this ABC affiliate just how repugnant you also find their role in all of this.