Interesting! I'm surprised by the apparent assumptions that the volunteer just handed the dog over. I don't know many details (I had a hard time getting a consistent answer from the several people I spoke to) but I never assumed that the volunteer hadn't done what she could to keep the dog in her control. Nor do I think she should have done more. Try to take my dogs from me, and yeah, you'd better be prepared to do some damage because you're only getting them over my cold, dead body. But to ask a volunteer to put herself at risk for a shelter dog? No. I won't do that, and I'm shocked that some of you think we should. (for the record, one of my coworkers felt that we should as well)
The police were called, by the way, and the dog is back at the shelter. I don't know much more than that. It was a shocking and extremely difficult day, not just because of this incident, so I didn't have a chance to chase down details.
buckaroo wrote:Number one reason why volunteers aren't allowed to be out of sight of kennel staff while walking dogs. This happens a lot.
That may be a reasonable rule in a smaller, better funded shelter, but with two hundred dogs, two hundred cats, and eight employees caring for them, it's just not possible. Dogs wouldn't get out at all.