It’s another “just when you think you have heard it all” story. Someone actually put a dog in a box and mailed it to a local post office in Seattle, Washington. It was reported that the dog spent as long as two days in this box without any food or water to drink.
The story was first reported by KOMO 4 News Seattle on Friday, December 7 and later aired on ABC News television on Sunday, December 9.
As the story goes, the box the dog was put in was the type intended to transport small animals for short distances. The postal clerks indicated that they thought the animal was a rooster, which is legal to put in the mail with special handling. The post office said its policy does not permit the mailing of dogs or cats.
The Humane Society for Seattle/King County was called in for evaluation and comment. Their view was that regardless of the species of animal, it is inhumane to leave an animal in a box for two days or longer.
“I’ve never heard of someone just putting an animal in a box – dog, cat or otherwise – and just licking a stamp and hoping they’re going to safely get to where they belong,” said David Loewe, CEO, Seattle Humane Society.
Moral of the story: Do not mail a pet. It is inhumane and dangerous for its health and safety. Find other ways to transport the pet by car or air carrier. Contact your local veterinarian, animal shelter or humane society for advice on how to proceed. Put your pet’s health and safety concerns first.
Read the complete story as reported by KOMO 4 News online here. The story sparked many comments by outraged readers and pet owners who also found it hard to believe.
The Humane Society for Seattle/King County can be reached at 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005. Telephone (adoption): 425-649-7563
The Humane Society of Seattle/King County, also known as the Seattle Humane Society is a private, non-profit animal welfare organization with a variety of programs including pet adoptions, veterinary services, dog training classes, a pet food bank, and humane education for children. They receive no local, state or federal support. All donations are welcome.
Visit their animals available for adoption online here, or stop by the shelter to meet them in person. A pre-adoption questionnaire is required in order to proceed.
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