Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS) has agreed to allow Dr. James C. Ha, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist to conduct an independent evaluation of Jenny.
Seattle Animal Shelter wants us to accept these terms:
- Jenny is the property of the City of Seattle.
- Jenny is not to be in contact with anyone besides us until evaluation.
- Jenny must wear a muzzle whenever we are outside our apartment.
We cannot be present for the evaluation.
Update 07/21: Dr. Ha to arrange evaluation directly with us. Time/place TBD.
Update 07/31: Dr. Ha evaluated Jenny at our home.
- We will accept the outcome of Dr. Ha’s evaluation.
- SAS will make the final decision.
Update 08/15: We receive a copy of Dr. Ha’s evaluation. Read →
June 20 — Emailed Laura Mundy (Foster Care Coordinator) and Kara Main-Hester (Jenny’s Case Manager) to ask why Jenny has not been listed on Old Dog Haven and to ask for foster transfer by end of July.
Reported that Jenny air snapped a woman’s skirt, is reactive to some people in uniforms, and requested pain medication for her arthritis.
Kara wrote, Every time I see a grumpy dog, I do think “pain meds.”
Later in the afternoon, Laura called to tell us that SAS reviewed the situation and Jenny is no longer a safe adoption candidate and should be euthanized within a week.
June 21 — Sent SAS three-page report about Jenny’s behavior, detailing positive and negative characteristics, listed all incidents of air snapping and ways to manage concerns, including foster parent burn-out.
Told SAS that we did not believe that Jenny should be euthanized. Asked to adopt Jenny.
June 22 — Contacted animal organizations including Seattle Humane Society, Homeward Pet, King County.
June 23 — Sent SAS statements from others in our community about Jenny’s behavior and restated that we cannot support euthanasia. Asked to adopt her or transfer her to another organizations.
This decision is for the shelter to make, and while I know you have Jenny’s best interests at heart, we have to also think of the community around you. I wish Jenny was a happier dog, but there are just some dogs that need more than we can offer.
June 24 — Jenny evaluated by certified professional dog trainer, Judith Anderson-Wright of Great Dog. Report sent to SAS.
Katie Olsen from Seattle Humane Society wrote to say that their transfer team will reach out to SAS to learn more about Jenny and to see if they can offer any additional rescue/sanctuary contacts for them to pursue.
June 25 — Spoke to Katie Olsen about Jenny, she said, All dogs can be managed. Seattle Humane Society willing to assist with evaluation and training only if SAS allows us to adopt.
Don Baxter emailed to say that SAS will not seek a transfer of Jenny to Seattle Humane Society or any other organization. Insists that Jenny be returned to the shelter.
We requested an in-person meeting with Don Baxter and Laura Mundy.
June 26 — Contacted Dr. Wailani Sung to request a behavior evaluation.
Contacted Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at City of Seattle.
June 29 — Contacted Attorney Adam Karp to discuss options for Jenny.
Submitted adoption application to SAS.
July 8 — Met with Don Baxter and Laura Mundy. Offered to pay for an evaluation by Dr. Wailani Sung or any other professional they choose. SAS declined stating that an evaluation of Jenny’s current behavior is not relevant because her known behavior shows that she is a dangerous animal. More information →
SAS rejects our application to adopt.
Asked if Attorney Adam Karp can review laws and negotiate an adoption contract with John Schochet at the City Attorney’s Office to address liability concerns.
July 11 — Don Baxter called to say that he spoke to Don Jordan and the City’s Attorney and we cannot adopt. We asked if they would consider the accounts of the recipients of Jenny’s air snapping. He said no. Jenny must be returned to the shelter by Monday.
We worked for 36 hours straight to launch Save Jenny Dog campaign — website, social media, flyers, video, community voices.
July 13 — Don Baxter called to say that there will be no more discussion and Jenny must be returned to SAS today. At 4:20 pm, SAS animal control officers came to our apartment unannounced. We did not open the door.
Laura Mundy sent email to SAS Foster Parent Program restating that Jenny is not an adoption candidate. Read her message and our response →
July 14 — jennydog.co visited by over 2,000 people. Received dozens of messages of support and offers of help, including from former SAS volunteers whose animals were also euthanized. Other rescue organizations contact SAS to negotiate transfer.
Jenny evaluated by Patty Glynn of 4 Fun Dog Training. (Report coming soon.)
Afternoon: Don Baxter left voicemails asking to discuss Jenny.
July 15 — Don Baxter called to say that SAS will conduct an outside assessment. He did not acknowledge community protest / input or the information provided on this website. (He said that he has not seen it.) Restated that Jenny is the property of the City of Seattle and it’s their decision.
July 18 — Dr. Wailani Sung will not provide behavior evaluation without permission from SAS.
July 31 — Dr. Ha evaluated Jenny at our home. Jenny showed no fearful, anxious, or aggressive behavior. High probability of undiagnosed medical issues.
August 5 — Meeting with SAS. We are allowed to adopt!
August 18 — SAS releases a statement about Jenny.
August 26 — SAS sends us adoption agreement!