The five dogs and two cats removed from the Galt home where a Sacramento County animal control officer was killed last week will not be adopted immediately.
Instead, they will be sent to area animal rescue organizations — with hopes of being socialized for possible future adoption — at the request of the officer’s family, according to Gina Knepp, manager of Animal Care Services of Sacramento.
City of Sacramento animal control officers volunteered to retrieve the animals Nov. 29, one day after county officer Roy Marcum, of Elk Grove, was fatally shot outside the residence. He had accompanied two locksmiths to retrieve the animals believed abandoned in an eviction earlier, police said at the time.
Police suspect the owner of the house, Joseph Corey, of shooting Marcum through Corey’s front door. Following a nearly 17-hour police stand-off, Corey was taken into custody and the animals were rescued.
They were well-fed and in relatively good condition, Knepp said, save for two dogs that had wounds on their front paws. It was unclear from a veterinarian whether they had been chewing on them for some time or they were injured in the stand-off, she said Thursday.
The male and female Catahoula mixes were transported Thursday to Placer County Animal Care and will be taken to a Lake Tahoe rescue center to be worked with until they are ready for adoption.
The remaining three dogs include a large female border collie mix, a large female American Staffordshire bull terrier and a large male American Staffordshire bull terrier. The last breed is similar to a pit bull, only smaller.
Today, one or two of them are being transferred to the city of Folsom, who will in turn give them to Compliant K9, an organization that performs dog training and behavior modification, according to Knepp.
“We are on a mission to save them all,” she said.
All five dogs failed temperament tests that would have allowed the shelter to put them up for traditional adoption, according to Knepp.
“They were clearly lacking socialization,” she added.
Temperament testing is performed on all dogs that come into shelter. It can include, among other things, tests to determine whether an animal is aggressive and how it interacts with other dogs.
Rescue groups have the time to work with animals to improve their temperaments for possible future adoption, Knepp said.
“Most, given enough time, can turn around and become great pets,” she said.
Shortly after the incident, Knepp’s office was contacted by Tina Marcum, Roy Marcum’s wife, who requested the shelter make a commitment not to euthanize the animals, since that’s not what Roy Marcum would want. He was known for taking in some of the animals he rescued while on the job.
“We are committed to getting all of them into sanctuaries or rescues,” Knepp said. “They’re victims, too.”
The two cats, described as Siamese mixes, have already been taken to Animal Outreach, a Diamond Springs organization that deals primarily with cat adoptions. One is considered feral, according to Knepp.
Marcum, unlike Sacramento city animal control officers, was not wearing a bulletproof vest when he was killed in the line of duty.
Marcum’s public memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Towers Church of The Nazarene, 5132 Elkhorn Blvd., in Sacramento. A burial will follow at around 11 a.m. at neary East Lawn Cemetery.
Knepp said her staff will work at the county shelter during that time so that Marcum’s co-workers can attend the services.
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