Sweet Pea was brought to the Roanoke pound several days ago. We were told that her toenails were so long she could not stand up, and that she had so much matted hair on her back end that she had a hard time going to the bathroom. She was brought in with 4 other dogs. The owner returned the next day and picked up the other 4 dogs, and left Sweet Pea behind.
So.... this little dog was in such bad shape that she could not stand up upon arrival to the pound. And the next day, 4 dogs were returned to the very same owner. This leads to a few questions- first of all, really?
Second of all, if the dogs were surrendered, ownership became transferred to the pound. When the former owner returned, were the dogs adopted back? If so, was it through the pound? We have been told all pound adoptions are funneled through the Roanoke Valley SPCA. Were the dogs merely returned to the owner, or adopted?
While we do not know the answers to the above questions, we do know few things. The staff at the Roanoke pound is working under the direction of the policies, procedures and leadership in place, and it's a hard job. They absolutely did ensure that Sweet Pea was cleaned up, and I am sure she appreciated it very much. She was transferred to Angels of Assisi today, and is settling in well. She is very scared, and seems to have some medical issues- we'll know more soon.
Meanwhile, there is a an entire community working hard to save little ones like Sweet pea, and ya'll are appreciated more than words can say. Thank you.
The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible. That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière