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To the editor:
This week the
Humane Society of Logan County made the extremely difficult decision
to euthanize a five-and-a-half-year-old male dog named Titan. We are
releasing this statement to explain the true nature of the decision
and situation and to clear up mistruths that are being spread on our
On Sunday at noon, all current volunteers received an email
notifying them of the decision so that volunteers that wanted
closure and wanted to say goodbye had the opportunity to do so.
Current volunteers were given Sunday and Monday to come to the
shelter during regular volunteer shifts to say goodbye.
HSLC did not share the time or details surrounding the scheduled
euthanasia. Titan was put to rest at approximately 2:30 on Tuesday
afternoon. Around 5:00 p.m., after he was put to rest, HSLC received
an unsigned photograph of an injunction. We later learned that it
was formally filed sometime after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.
HSLC is a no-kill shelter, and we still are. To constitute a no-kill
shelter, the shelter does not euthanize for time or space
constraints. Humane euthanasia is used as a last resort in instances
when an animal is deemed too ill or too dangerous for
rehabilitation. This decision was not taken lightly or before going
to extensive lengths to rehabilitate, transfer, and publicize Titan.
HSLC reached out to rescues in Chicago, Central Illinois, and other
states, and attempts to transfer him to another shelter were
unsuccessful due to his history of aggression towards other animals
and humans. His aggression was a liability to HSLC and any other
organization that he would have been transferred to, and we were
turned away in all of our attempts.
Over the summer, a professional trainer came out to HSLC to evaluate
Titan and the opinion of that trainer was that he could not be
rehabilitated. The inconsistency and unpredictability of his attacks
ruled out our hopes for professional training.
Still, we persisted, and attempted to market Titan
to a home with no other animals, no children, and a securely fenced
in back yard. We made it very clear that he would need experienced
adopters willing to work very hard and train him.
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Titan was featured in a widely shared, professionally
made video over the summer. This video was shared by HSLC, and
rescues in the Chicagoland area to a wide audience.
Additionally, Titan was featured on animal segments
on both WICS in Springfield and WAND in Decatur. Our amazing
volunteers also shared flyers, social media posts, and advocated for
Titan and his need for a special home.
Titan arrived at HSLC in January 2018. He was adopted once, for a
period of approximately four months, but returned due to behavioral
issues and attempted attacks on the family cat. Since this initial
adoption and return, Titan has not received any viable (no kids,
pets, fenced yard) adoption applications in his time with HSLC.
Recently, someone expressed interest, but did not meet the
requirements and expressed concern after witnessing a recent attack.
Titan has a history of documented, and undocumented attacks on both
humans and other animals. Titan has had more than the necessary
incidents of aggression but most went undocumented by volunteers
attempting to insulate Titan from this outcome. Many will say he
just played rough or didnít know his own strength in attempts to
downplay. We also know that some of our volunteers were lucky enough
to never see his aggressive side, and we are thankful that they knew
the loving side all animals have. However, two recent attacks on
volunteers that involved severe bites caused HSLC leadership to
reach out to our insurance and legal provider.
Unfortunately, misinformation is being spread online and it has
severely impacted our operations and caused serious safety concerns.
We hope that you will come to see that this decision was not made
lightly, and it was made so that HSLC can keep our volunteers,
staff, and animals safe while servicing the needs of countless
animals in need.
Victoria Padilla, HSLC Board Secretary
Humane Society of Logan County
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