According to an article on http://blogs.pitch.com: City Hall announced that it would not renew or extend its animal-shelter contract with Halfway Home Pet Adoptions due to "operational concerns." The announcement comes as Halfway Home and its head -- Dr. Wayne Steckelberg -- are under investigation by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board for alleged abuse and neglect. The complaint cites a dozen individual cases in which animals died in their kennels from easily treatable medical problems; were pulled out of the shelter with untreated or diagnosed medical problems by outside rescue groups; and, in the case of one three-month old kitten, was accidentally castrated while being prepped for surgery, then swapped out with an identical kitten for the unsuspecting adoptive family.
Unfortunately during this investigation, regular and longtime Halfway Home volunteers were not allowed to return and their efforts to save dogs was unfairly halted. We are unsure of exactly what the future holds once the city takes back complete control of the shelter, but there is speculation that volunteers will permanently no longer be allowed and thus euthanizations will most likely increase.
CURRENT URGENT / CRITICAL DOGS:
Halfway Home is TERRIBLY FULL right now! Animals listed at this link are all in urgent status (at risk of being euthanized) at Halfway Home Pet Adoptions - 4400 Raytown Rd. Kansas City MO 64129. Contact (816) 921-0201 or email@example.com if you are interested in adopting an animal.
URGENT DOGS ARE LISTED BELOW. MANY ARE PIT BULLS OR PIT BULL MIXES. THIS INACCURATELY STEREOTYPED BREED MAY BE THE FIRST TO BE EUTHANIZED ONCE THE CITY TAKES BACK CONTROL OF THE SHELTER. Please take a moment to learn more about the Pit Bull and educate others.
About Pit Bulls (from www.mabbr.org)
The Pit Bull has typically been a well muscled dog, with a deep rib cage, powerful back end, broad hips, heavy jaw, heavy front legs and delicate, athletic back legs. They can also be found slimmer and rangier in build with longer legs (a look that all too often earns them the mislabel of "pit mix" in animal shelters). The head shape has changed over the years, and only very recently have the "huge heads" become popular with certain crowds.
Why would anyone want a pit bull?
The fun loving, spunky and affectionate attitude of the APBT is what most admirers come to love best about these dogs. We like to say "To know them is to love them". Pit bulls are impressively loyal, bold and courageous animals. They are natually clownish, alert and intelligent .. in other words, a whole lot of fun to have around! Many participate and excel in various dog sports and activities, including Obedience Trials, Search and Rescue work, Agility Trials, Flyball and Frisbee Competitions, and Weight Pulling events. With their tenacious work drive and strong desire to please their owners, they are natural competitors and win impressive titles wherever they're worked.
The soft side of the breed shows up in their gushing affection for humans - a desirable trait that was very important to the original breeders of this animal and remains so today. For this reason, many pit bulls work as Certified Therapy Dogs in hospitals and nursing homes. Homes with children that know the breed continue to seek them out as their dog of choice. A favorite place of just about any well loved pit bull is in the lap of his adoring human or close by his side.
While huge numbers of pit bulls in this country are cherished family pets, many not so fortunate suffer the consequences of a nation with multi-layered social and economic problems. The historic fighting ability of this All American breed began to be exploited on a larger scale in the 1980's. Pit bulls were soon associated with poverty, crime, and newspaper headlines of back alley dog fighting rings. And, for the first time in the breed's history, we started hearing disturbing accounts of aggressive attacks on humans by poorly socialized and badly bred APBTs, APBT mixes and other breed dogs that were mislabled as APBTs. The press went wild, the public panicked, and the reputation of the entire breed was dragged down with sensationalistic headlines and a few rotten examples of "Pit Bull Imposters" owned by shady and irresponsible owners.
Despite the difficult beginnings many of our urban pit bulls suffer, one thing rings true: The K9 hero that was admired by this country's earliest citizens continues to show itself in the faces of the overwhelming majority of APBTs in our homes and even most of our area shelters. Even with the rocky starts that so many APBTs endure, an astounding number of dogs remain stable in temperament and great with people. Because of this, we can offer thanks to the earliest dogmen for their selective breeding efforts which produced a dog as hardy as the APBT. The animal that was once courageous enough to do battle with a bull or another APBT in the pit, now utilizes that same bravado to stay alive and sane in conditions where other 'softer' breeds might go insane.
Photos courtesy of Halfway Home Pet Adoptions.