Rescue group filing complaint, says dog mistreated at Wichita Animal Shelter

WICHITA, Kan. A Kansas City rescue is filing a complaint against the Wichita Animal Shelter over the shelter's care for a dog named Chance.

The rescue claims Chance was mistreated in the shelter and due to paralysis, he wasn't able to go to the bathroom for days.

Thursday night, the Wichita Animal Shelter responds, saying its staff gave Chance the proper care.

Doctors diagnosed Chance with degenerative myelopathy, which, over time, causes progress paralysis.

"I feel on his feet and there's not much here. He doesn't have much feeling," says Jessica Sherwood with local rescue group Canine Karma. Sherwood this week has spent time with Chance at an emergency veterinary hospital before another rescue takes him into its care.

The situation has that other rescue, Kansas City's Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary filing the complaint. The rescue says when Chance was picked up at the shelter, his bladder was the size of a football.

Wichita Police Lt. Brian Sigman, Commander of Animal Services, says a Facebook post about Chance paints an inaccurate picture of the care he received at the shelter.

"Chance didn't show any signs of any of (his physical problems) until the day before he left," Sigman says.

He says Chance walked into the shelter on June 10 and appeared healthy.

"Tuesday morning (June 18), I was notified that Chance was acting a little strange. He was acting like he didn't want to move his back legs," Sigman says.

Because of his condition, Chance didn't have control over his bladder.

Sherwood says this time of year shelters are overwhelmed with animals and it can be hard to keep up.

"Maybe a little more paying attention would be helpful, but they get busy," she says.

Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary is scheduled to pick up Chance Friday morning. The group says it's looking for a hospice foster for him.