I'm not a fan of pit bulls, but I'm also smart enough to know that its not the breed of the dog as much as it is the breed of owners that have given "Pit Bulls" a bad name.
But this is about a pit bull named Diesel. Diesel slipped out of his fenced-in back yard and went for a stroll last Tuesday. Just a block from his home, he was hit by a car. A nearby home owner saw that Diesel was injured and called CMPD. An hour later Diesel was picked up by CMPD Animal Care and Control.
Diesel's owner Joe Gibson put up flyers in his neighborhood and made several trips to CMPD's Animal Care and Control office.
Every time Gibson went to CMPD's Animal Control he was shown dozens of healthy dogs, but not one of the injured dogs. He also posted a picture of Diesel on a bulletin board for lost dogs in the hallway of the Animal Control center.
Each time Joe Gibson walked down the hall, Diesel was only a wall and a bureaucratic mentality of stupid away from being reunited.
Gibson also checked the Animal Care and Control website, but he says it was difficult to tell if some of the dogs were Diesel because of the angles of the pictures and the large number of dogs.
On Monday, Diesel was euthanized minutes before Joe Gibson pulled into the parking lot for the fourth time.
It turns out that Gibson's dog was in a section of the building for injured dogs, which is not open to the public, the whole time.
“No one told me that my dog was in another room, because he had been hit by a car," Gibson told WBT's Tara Servatius Wednesday afternoon during an on-air interview.
Diesel could have survived his injuries, but he was euthanized because Animal Care and Control has a policy that doesn’t allow pit bulls to be adopted out to the general public.
Mark Balestra, the director of Animal Care and Control, told WBT that Gibson is to blame because he never got a microchip for his dog. He said that’s a responsibility of dog owners.
Balestra also said a picture of Diesel was on the website since February 2nd and that if Gibson pointed out pictures that could have been Diesel to employees, they would have looked into each one.
Balestra repeated his indictment of Gibson on WSOC again blaming the owner for Diesel's death. More from WSOC here.
This in not the first time CMPD's Animal Control freaks killed a family pet, a story from WCNC last March is here. And another from September is here.