PRICE, Utah (KUTV) — A Carbon County veterinarian is worried after he said the local animal shelter hasn’t been feeding its dogs enough food.
- Dogs in glittery costumes parade in Rio de Janeiro as pet lovers kick off Carnival
- FROM TRAUMA TO TRIUMPH: HOW REX THE ABUSED MASTIFF FOUND HEALING AND HAPPINESS IN THE COMPANY OF PAWSOME SIBLINGS
- Anton Got a Pet! (Not a Dog)
- Miracle dog” who survived 72 days in the Colorado mountains after her owner’s death is recovering, had “ravenous appetite
- Police search for Texas woman who left dog tied to dumpster
Dr. Dan Harmer, who works at Castle County Vet in Price, said one of the Carbon County Animal Shelter dogs came to them underweight and malnourished.
Dr. Dan Harmer said about two weeks ago, an employee called concerned about how much weight a dog named Waffles had lost.
MORE: 6-week-old kitten upgraded to stable condition after being found inside taped sandwich box
When the dog arrived at the vet, Dr. Harmer said Waffles weighed about 33 pounds.
“You could see his ribs, his vertebrate, and even his spleen through his skin,” he said. “I was furious.”
Waffles was a stray at the shelter.
“He came in about a month earlier to be neutered, and at that time, he was a normal, happy dog,” Dr. Harmer said. “He weighed about 12 pounds heavier then. My responsibility as a vet is to report abuse to animal control, and in this case, it’s animal control that is the issue.”
Dr. Harmer said some of the employees at the shelter shared different information about how much they were told to feed the dogs each day. He said one employee told him they were directed to feed them one cup per day. Another employee said they were directed to feed the dogs 1/2 cup per day.
Dr. Harmer reached out to the state veterinarian, Dr. Daniel Christensen, who wasn’t available for an interview. Christensen did tell KUTV he went to Price and investigated. He believes there was some type of miscommunication between the employees on how much food the dogs should receive. Christensen said he reevaluated the nutrition plan, and he said the dogs are now being fed an appropriate amount.
MORE: 19 dogs rescued from life-threatening conditions at Southern Utah training facility
He added he doesn’t believe there was malicious intent, but it was something that needed to be addressed. He plans to revisit the shelter at a future date.
KUTV reached out to the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the shelter. The sheriff wasn’t available for an interview tonight, but he said he’d like to share their side of the story on Friday.
The sheriff said Dr. Harmer did not come to him directly about this issue. He also said the no-kill shelter has been working for a year to improve the conditions for these pets.
As far as Waffle’s future, Dr. Harmer said his family decided to adopt the dog, after they quickly fell in love with him.
As of Thursday night, Waffle’s weighed around 50 pounds. That’s how much weight he has gained in the two weeks he’s been at the vet.
This vet said he’s been working with the shelter for about six years, and this is the first time he’s seen something like this.