Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mr. Nobody Strikes Again

If you've ever had roommates, you know that dirty dishes pile up in the sink, all by themselves. That is, Mr. Nobody used them.

From Houston:
One moment, Brad Lovelace's beloved dog, Coltrane, was in his garage, getting a weekly bath. The next day, he was in the agonizing throes of a fatal case of heatstroke.

What happened in between has become a bitter dispute between Lovelace and the city of Houston. The Kingwood man says his dog, a Labrador-German shepherd mix, escaped his backyard for about 15 minutes after a meter reader left his fence gate open. In that time, Coltrane was picked up by police and turned over to animal control, where he was caged inside a truck for six or seven hours.

The next day Coltrane was vomiting blood and bile all over Lovelace's home. He spent the next two days at a private veterinary clinic, where he was euthanized.

The city denies any culpability in the heatstroke that killed Coltrane, but Lovelace and local animal activists are convinced that the dog's death is another sad episode in Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care.

Although the blame for Coltrane's death lies with solely Mr. Nobody, I can't help thinking that after everyone gets through denying responsibility, and the house is quiet, there's going to be a broken-hearted owner and an empty chair by the window. I'm sorry Mr. Nobody failed you Coltrane.


Anonymous said...

There is no way they should still have a job after this.

B. T. Forsythe said...

Growling for those who no longer can: Grrrrrrrr

A tragedy, Ms Godforsaken. ;)

Deb H. said...

There is no excuse for heat related deaths in dogs. These are totally preventable and there have been way too many lately. Two dogs died in my area when an owner forgot about them in her car.

-J. said...

This isn't the first time they've done this - they killed 8 dogs in one truck in 2008 due to broken air conditioning. This isn't rocket science.

Anonymous said...

I think the lesson here is don't take the collar off when you bathe your dog.

And how did animal control happen by so quickly?

Was that bad luck, or a bad neighbor?

Ok, now I have to go watch a stupid movie on Comedy Central to get over this...

Barb said...

I hope Mr. Lovelace gets a good lawyer. He probably won't, and even if he did he probably couldn't get much of a settlement because Coltrane (being a mixed breed) wasn't worth much in the eyes of the law.
But if it was me, and they had literally baked my dog alive I would be moving Heaven and Earth to sue BARC out of existence. This makes me so furious - like -J. said, they have done this before and the fact that they STILL are transporting (and apparently storing) animals in what basically amounts to a mobile oven on a 100+ degree day is unimaginable.

Anonymous said...

How does this *not* constitute felony animal abuse?