From: Mundy, Laura;
Date: July 13, 2015 at 18:05:24 PDT
To: Baxter, Donald; Jordan, Don; Wilder, Cyndi; Moore, Julie; Peyer, Lisa;
You recently received an email from a foster parent regarding the status of her foster dog, Jenny, and the shelter’s decision to not place Jenny for adoption.
To give you a point of reference, it came to the staff’s attention, approximately 2 weeks ago, that Jenny had 13 separate incidents of aggression towards people, either provoked, or unprovoked, and occasionally made contact with these people. These acts were directed towards people she knew, as well as strangers. The staff had long conversations with both foster parents regarding Jenny, on the phone, and in person, to discuss Jenny, and the surrounding circumstances.
It’s the responsibility of the Seattle Animal Shelter to provide safety to our community, and unfortunately, Jenny is no longer considered a safe adoption candidate. This is never a decision that’s made lightly and without due diligence.
Foster Care Coordinator
*Note: Laura listed wrong email address for Don Jordan. We changed it here from Donald to Don.
From: Amie Thao;
Subject: Re: Jenny
Date: July 13, 2015 at 19:06:28 PDT
To: Mundy, Laura;
Cc: Baxter, Donald; Jordan, Don; Wilder, Cyndi; Moore, Julie; Peyer, Lisa;
Dear Seattle Animal Shelter,
We have always been completely honest and transparent with you and reported all of Jenny’s behavior.
It is untrue that the air snapping incidents (what you call aggression) came to your attention two weeks ago. Jenny’s behavior was documented and shared with you since the day we fostered her.
You are able to count the 13 incidents now because we provided you a list of names of those who were air snapped after you made your decision to euthanize. The reason we were so specific was because all, but two, involved our friends, neighbors, and visitors, and a majority of these incidents happened within the first few months and was already known to you.
For more details about the two stranger incidents, please visit jennydog.co.
The new information that was provided two weeks ago:
- We were feeling burnt out and wanted a break from fostering by “the end of July-ish”.
- Jenny is in pain, it’s making her grumpy, and she needs arthritis medication.
- Jenny is reactive to some people in uniforms.
- Jenny barked and pulled at a police officer in a parked car with his window down. (By the way, he didn’t even look up.)
- Jenny air snapped a woman’s skirt.
We understand that you want the community of Seattle to be safe, but it a great injustice not to take in account the perspective of the recipients of Jenny’s behavior. These are the people who see her daily and live with her and can see her progress. They are our community. And they are heartbroken that you want to kill Jenny.
Before the new information was provided to you, we did not receive a warning or indication from our case managers or any shelter staff that Jenny’s behavior could cause her to be euthanized. Nor did you require us to take her to training. This is unfair to us, to Jenny, and to all the people that love her.
Amie Thao and Olli Tumelius
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