PUPPY LOVE: Shelter makes hard decisions but not without heart

COLUMBIA CITY — Discussions regarding the care and concern for stray and abandoned animals in Whitley County have been thick with controversy.When the Whitley County Humane Shelter petitioned the County Commissioners for funding, several letters were submitted to The Post & Mail that spoke of strong opinions both for and against the county’s financial support.With the recent charges brought against numerous individuals found to have participated in a dog-fighting ring, the shelter was once again thrust in the spotlight.Three dogs were recovered from the dog-fighting incident and placed in the custody of the shelter. Treatment began immediately to help heal the serious injuries each dog had.At the time the shelter took the dogs in, Lindsay Pease, the humane shelter’s director of operations, was not only concerned about the dogs’ visible wounds, but the emotional and mental stability and recovery of the animals as well.A plea was made for financial help in giving the dogs the specific care and treatment needed. According to Pease, the community supported the initiative to try to rehabilitate the dogs.Whitley County Humane Shelter took in the dogs in December of 2012. Since then, the animals have been in the care of the shelter and have spent months receiving treatment.However, Monday, The Post & Mail reported that two of three dogs had been euthanized, according to court documents.Pease confirmed that two dogs were put down, but strongly expressed the reasoning behind such a decision.To read the rest of this story, see the April 11 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.