New policy in place at humane shelter for your safety

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The newest aggressive animal policy at the Terre Haute Humane Society protects two groups of people.

Their employees.

“They have to handle all the animals that come in here. Certainly, we don’t want to put them in a dangerous position,” said Ray Buechler, Board of Directors president.

And the public.

“That’s paramount. We don’t want to adopt out animals that are aggressive, that we know are aggressive to the public. That poses a danger to them and their neighbors,” said Buechler.

The focus of the new policy is safety. Very basically, the policy defines animal aggression as lunging, snapping and biting including intent to attack.

“If a dog does bite a person, it’s certainly concerning. You have to go through some protocol and observation and kind of testing their temperament to assess that dog,” said Buechler.

It’s very similar to a three strikes and you’re out scenario.

“If it’s aggressive to the point that it poses a danger to our employees or to the public, unfortunately, yes, we would make the decision to euthanize,” said Buechler.

But for the most part, the humane society is able to rescue or rehabilitate aggressive animals. Last year, only two to three percent of their population had to be put down.

Making that tough decision a last resort, keeping in mind your safety.

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