Marshall PD: Animal control followed rules in regard to surrendered mastiff

Dog wound up with East Texas animal rescue organization

Marshall PD: Animal control followed rules in regard to surrendered mastiff
Source: City of Marshall Facebook page. (Source: City of Marshall Facebook page)

Editor’s Note: East Texas News has reached out to the All Good Dogs Coalition and the person believed to be the dog’s owner, but neither party has responded to our communications.

From the Marshall Police Department

MARSHALL, TX (News Release) - On August 24, 2018, a female Bullmastiff was delivered to the City of Marshall Animal Shelter as a stray. Upon bringing the dog to the shelter, the person in possession of the dog explained to shelter staff that the animal was initially found at the Sabine Water Treatment plant in Harrison County. Plant workers had reportedly been feeding the dog for a week before one of the employees took the dog home with the intention of finding it a suitable home. After another week of caring for the dog and unable to find it a home, the dog was taken to the Marshall Animal Shelter. Shelter staff scanned the dog with a microchip reader in hopes of locating a microchip, but the scanner did not detect a microchip. The dog was subsequently placed in a kennel at the shelter under a stray hold in compliance with the holding and impoundment provisions detailed in the Marshall City Ordinance Code.

This stray hold is in accordance with Marshall City Ordinance Chapter 4, Article II Sec. 4-24 (a) which states, “The owner or keeper of any dog impounded under the provisions of this article shall be permitted and allowed at any time within seventy-two (72) hours after such dog shall have been impounded to redeem, reclaim, or again receive possession of such dog upon payment to the city animal control supervisor, or his duly authorized agent, of the appropriate impoundment fee.”

Sec. 4-24 (b), “Should the owner or keeper of such dog fail to redeem the same as provided for in subsection (a) of this section within such seventy-two-hour period, then such dog shall be killed by the city animal control supervisor; or in the event the city animal control supervisor is of the opinion that such dog is suitable for adoption, the same shall be available for adoption to the public either through the Marshall Animal Shelter, released to any nonprofit 501c3 animal welfare group, humane society or other recognized animal welfare organization.”

On August 29, 2018, five days after the dog was initially delivered to the shelter, a local rescue, All Good Dogs Coalition, picked up the dog and took her into their care. The rescue was told by shelter staff that the dog was delivered to the shelter as a stray, as also stated on the intake paperwork regarding the animal.

Marshall Animal Shelter staff followed departmental policies and city ordinances exactly as they were trained. The City of Marshall Police Department’s Animal Control and Shelter cannot comment on any dispute between a pet owner and an animal rescue organization.