Shadow gets global attention
by Jazz Clark
Starting July 6, outrage grew in the case of a young German shepherd named Shadow who was brought in to the kennels after biting a 13-year-old girl who sustained injuries requiring stitches on June 6.
The girl has received medical treatment, is doing well and has no complications from the bite, reported the Morgan County Health Department.
Shadow was seized from his owners as part of a bite case and not due to animal cruelty or neglect, said County Administrator Jody McClintock.
The outrage was due to county officials planning to put the dog to sleep after the 30-day grace period ran out. Calls and emails to county government came from all over the country and world.
Since no one could claim the dog from the bite case, un-adoptable dogs are to be put down after the 30th day.
Some of those protesting Shadow’s euthanasia claimed the animal had been abused and could be rehabilitated if given more time.
An email from a dog lover in Serbia said that the county administrator should be put down instead, and others wanted Shadow’s owner brought to justice for the alleged abuse.
Some of the opinions levied were too obscene for print.
“The dog had no physical signs of abuse,” said McClintock. “All we have right now are allegations.”
The dog was to be put to sleep on Wednesday, July 11, after being held for 30 days. Instead, Shadow was turned over to a Missouri German Rescue Shelter called MOGS on Saturday, July 14.