From investigating shelters to news pet lovers need to know, Watchdog Mary has the scoop.  If you have a story idea, tip or want to give Mary a shout out please email her using this link.


This dog was saved from a high kill shelter because someone offered to foster him.

"Sandy" the cute stray mistakenly killed by San Antonio Animal Care Services

"Sandy" the cute stray mistakenly killed by San Antonio Animal Care Services

Something to wag about: Fostering a pet is tax deductible!

When it comes to tax deductions, there's something to wag about for animal lovers, rescue groups and for people who foster (or are considering) fostering a pet: It's now tax deductible!


More complaints surface: San Antonio Animal Control

More complaints are surfacing today about the City of San Antonio's Animal Care Services. Residents sent Watchdog Mary new stories about what they say is shocking shelter mismanagement and miscategorization of dogs.

Last week we told you how the City put more than 4,000 dogs to sleep in 2013 and many people are now calling for big time changes., March 9, 2014

More than 4,000 dogs euthanized by the City of San Antonio during 2013

Four thousand, eight hundred thirty one. According to our analysis of the City of San Antonio’s own records: 4,831 dogs were euthanized by its Animal Care Services department last year. Nearly 2,000 of those dogs were listed in the reports as “healthy".

This lab was saved from a high kill shelter.

This lab was saved from a high kill shelter.

How to investigate your local shelter and why you should!

As an investigative journalist who helps out in the animal rescue world, I field a lot of questions from people who want to expose poor conditions at their municipal or county shelters. Emails from volunteers concerned about overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, inhumane treatment and even animals who are euthanized painfully or unfairly have filled my inbox over the years.
, May 21, 2014

City of San Antonio puts tick infested pups up for adoption, then euthanizes them

Volunteers in San Antonio are outraged about two pups they say came into the City's Animal Care Services (ACS) facility covered in clusters of ticks. They say no one from the City removed dozens of the insects from either of the dog's ears before placing them for public viewing on the adoption floor. When the infested dogs, which did not look very "adoptable", were not adopted, they were euthanized.


Shocking photos appeared on Facebook today and are quickly spreading over the internet. The pictures show what appears to be two dead dogs in a kennel next to a live dog in the Kenedy, Texas animal control facility.