Wichita animal control budget doesn’t cover extensive care

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The City of Wichita said it’s strapped for funds when it comes to giving extra care to abused shelter animals.

Wichita police found what they believe to be a bait dog, a dog used to train fight dogs, roaming on the 900 block of north Grove St. on October 15.

The animal, now named Dante, was found with deep lacerations to his head, neck and chest. Police said a majority of his teeth appeared to be knocked out or filed down.

“We took the dog to our contract vet, who cleaned the wounds, dressed him as best as he could,” said Wichita Police Lt. Joe Schroeder.

However, even after Dante’s visit with the city’s contracted veterinarian, video shows the dog at the shelter with open wounds.

“In this particular case this animal was in our shelter. His injuries had been treated, so he was not in danger of dying. However, in order to have a good life he is going to need additional surgeries and that is not something I can put the taxpayers with a couple thousand dollar bills for one animal,” Schroeder said. “My budget doesn’t allow me to do a lot of extensive things.”

Beauties and Beasts Inc., a local animal rescue, adopted Dante. Beauties and Beasts Inc., the Kansas Humane Society (KHS) and another group were able to pay for Dante’s additional vet care, including surgery to repair his neck.

KHS put in $250 for Dante’s surgery from its emergency fund. At the same time, KHS also put up $1,000 to care for nine abandoned puppies that came into the city shelter the same week. The expenses nearly wiped out the KHS emergency fund.

“We have been able to replenish a couple hundred dollars, but we are short now,” said KHS President and CEO Mark Eby.

Eby said the less money the non-profit has in its emergency fund, the fewer animals it can help.

“It’s tough. You don’t ever want to see any animal hurting, you know, and when you see that you want to help in any way you can and unfortunately we don’t have unlimited funds right now,” Eby said.

Eby said he’s thankful KHS can accept donations to help with the recovery of animals like Dante. Meanwhile, Lt. Schroeder said the city shelter does not have that luxury.

“The problem that I run into is a lot of people don’t understand the tax payers cannot be burdened with doing a lot of vet care that is above and beyond just sustaining their life and caring for them,” Schroeder said.

Click here to donate to the KHS emergency fund.