No one noticed that I was sick the last week before I died.
No one noticed that I could hardly walk the last week before I died.
No one noticed the putrid smell or my pus covered neck the last week before I died.
|This is 1 of only 2 pictures of me. This was taken the day before I died. I did not feel good at all.|
I am a Pit Bull mix, not a cute little Pug mix or a beautiful Shepherd.
I'm just a black and white Pit Bull. I'm just another Pit Bull in the hundreds of other Pit Bulls at Pima Animal Care Center.
Bowen was a field confiscate on 11/23/14. This means the owner was probably told that he needs to give his dog up or he'd be fined for neglect or for whatever irresponsible behavior the owner had with his dog.
Bowen's review date at PACC was 12/02/14.
He was reviewed on 12/03/14:
He weighed 55 pounds
BCS (Body Condition Scale) 4/9
No temp was taken
He was QAR (Quiet, Alert Responsive)
CRT was 2 seconds
Healing wound on right hind leg
Everything else, within normal limits
He passed, looked good and was set for neutering the next day.
12/04/14 Neutering Day
Reported that he "has high temp and crusty eyes"
Notes: "Temp yesterday at S/N clinic was 103.9, but BAR, no nasal/ocuolar discharge. Recheck temp today 101.2, wt=49#. Ate meatball of canned food readily. No tx indicated."
Marked as "Adoptable"
I find him. He's brought to my attention by another volunteer. He can't walk. She's been instructed by staff to take him from the indoor kennels in the main room up to the tent but he won't go. He can't walk.
When I look at him, I can actually smell him first. It's the smell of infection and it's strong. I don't know where it's coming from. I look in his mouth to see if there is an infection in there and I notice his gums, they're very pale. His cheeks and lips are cold.
I pick him up and carry him to the vet.
This is when I realize it's his neck covered in pus.
Depressed, drooling. Ate canned cat food reluctantly.
Moist dermatitis on ventral mandible/neck.
Seromucoid nasal discharge and ocular crust.
A: Severe URI
Dr. Wilcox treated him with antibiotics and SQ fluids IMMEDIATELY and IMMEDIATELY got a kennel ready for him in sick bay.
I carried him to his kennel and laid him down on his bed. I had to leave as I had pus on my clothes and didn't want to spread infection.
It was the last time I saw him.
I asked about him Saturday, Sunday and it wasn't until Wednesday, 12/17 when I was back in Sick Bay, that I was told he was found on the floor Saturday morning (12/13/14). Dead. There was a small amount of blood next to him.
I had many questions for the Live Rescue Coordinator at PACC, including:
- Why was he neutered at a 103.9 temp?
- Why was he marked as a "A" just two days before he was dead?
- What happened to him in the week between being neutered and death?
- Do the inmates not notice when they're trying to pull a dog out of his kennel and he won't walk?
- Do the inmates let someone know when a dog is sick?
- You could smell his infection from 5 feet away. Why was he being moved to the tent?
- Why was he NOT on the walker board? Another volunteer would have noticed he was sick before it was too late? (I asked a volunteer that is there nearly daily if she had ever put him on the walker board. The answer was no, meaning that he had not been released for walking. Dogs with a E-Collar are allowed to walk, just not as far)
WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? HOW WAS HE MISSED???
The Live Release Coordinator's answer to this was honest. He was disappointed as well that this dog fell through the cracks.
"We are understaffed."
Pima County, DO SOMETHING about this. This dog was confiscated from his owners for a reason. The reason was NOT so he could die alone on the cold cement floor. There is no proper excuse for this. NONE whatsoever.
I can remember during my PACC Volunteer Orientation it was stated, that for some dogs, PACC is the best place they've ever been. Many dogs are kept in the cold with no water, food or shelter. When they come to PACC, they are warm and safe. I believed that and that is what made me come back to do the volunteer training and volunteer hundreds of hours over the last year.
Bowen was NOT safe at PACC. He was overlooked.
He was neglected at PACC the same way he was neglected by the owner he was taken away from.
Bowen, I will not let your death be in vain. You will be the dog that sparks a change, that touches someone's heart, that helps make a decision that this will never, ever happen again.
ETA 1/28 3:00 PM: SOMEONE took off his E-Collar. He was wearing one in the first picture on his kennel card. Did that same SOMEONE NOT notice the smell? or the moisture? or the fact that he was so sick?