Dog shot waits 24 hours for vet care inside DAC

Posted at 6:34 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 18:34:51-05

"You're supposed to be taking care of animals, not letting them suffer," said Kendra Palazzolo about workers inside Detroit Animal Control that picked up a dog that was shot Wednesday morning on the city's east side, but did not provide veterinary care for the dog until Thursday.

The Michigan Humane Society picked up the injured dog from animal control Thursday afternoon.

A veterinarian is on the payroll at Detroit Animal Control, but she only works four days a week. A former worker tells 7 Action News that the vet is off Wednesdays and weekends.

Officials for the City of Detroit say change at Detroit Animal Control is coming, but concern for the dogs, cats, and birds inside the controversial facility is mounting among animal welfare advocates.

A number of members from Citizens for Change for Detroit Dogs & Cats have spent the last few weeks outside animal control providing information and resources to citizens.

Members of the animal welfare group have even taken dogs and kittens from people who anticipated turning the animals over to workers in the facility that has been at the center of allegations of animal neglect and cruelty.

"We feel that if we can stop some of the animals from entering in, that would save their lives," said Shawn Waeghe of Citizens for Detroit Dogs & Cats.

For a number of weeks now, Michigan rescue groups and shelters have been allowed to transfer dogs and cats out of Detroit Animal Control to get them adopted.

On Thursday, two Siberian Huskies were rescued by Hairy Houdini Siberian Husky Rescue.

A dog with what appeared to be a badly injured leg was one of three dogs rescued by Last Day Dog Rescue (LDDR) on Thursday.

The dog, now named Champion, will have to have his leg amputated, but we're told LDDR will make sure he is adopted into a safe and loving home after he's recovered.

Click here if would like to donate to the veterinary care of Champion and the other dogs rescued from Detroit Animal Control by Last Day Dog Rescue.

And if you would like to follow Champion's progress, you can click here to go to Last Day Dog Rescue's Facebook page for updates.