A photographer in Granville County spotted four emaciated pups by the side of the road on Saturday, Nov. 3. He called Animal Control, but was told they would “investigate” on Monday and that it would be illegal for him to take the puppies from the side of the road. He later took food out to them and saw that someone else had also left food, but the puppies were gone.
On Monday, the man received a rambling voice mail from Granville County Animal Control Director Cathy Hartley, who said:
We do know there might be a possible owner of these puppies at that address that you gave us. We are trying to contact the owner today. And um, we’ll, you know, if the owners, um, if it is the owner then we will definitely talk with them about the puppies running loose and also address the issues of, uh, their health. They appear to be on the thin side but nothing as far as totally emaciated or anything like that. Puppies grow very quickly, they do look like they are boxer type puppies, and I do know the people that, um, we’re thinking about on Flat Rock Road do have boxers, so we’re trying to get in touch with the possible owners. And I do appreciate your help and I appreciate you sending all the pictures to us. That helps us out a whole lot. And the address. And we’ll try to pull up our records and it did come up to somebody in the area that raises boxers on that road so we are trying to contat them at the time. And these puppies do appear to have boxers in them, it’s not all boxer they definitely look like they are mix. But we appreciate your help and we will continue to investigate it. Thank you very much, bye-bye.
TL/DR: Meh, skinny puppies in the road, whatevs. Buh-bye.
You can listen to the voice mail here,
Even sadder than the fact that the head of Granville County Animal Control thinks skinny puppies by the side of the road are nothing to worry about is the realization that those puppies probably have a greater chance of survival out on the street than in the county pound. The Granville County pound killed 78 percent of the pets that came in during 2011.