Maggie was confined at Greyhound Friends for approximately 1,182 days.
She lived in the back kennel, away from the adoption floor. She began to spin in her cage, which is a sign of anxiety in a captive animal.
A nationally-known animal behaviorist and former Director of Behavioral Programs for Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine's Shelter Medicine program toured Greyhound Friends and reported that “I do not believe it is ever humane to make a dog spent its life in a cage, but at Greyhound Friends where the cages are so incredibly small, this option would be even more inhumane…Dogs who lie in a barren cage for years and years with no exercise and nothing to occupy their brain sometimes become aggressive like Maggie or totally depressed.
The term we use in these cases is ‘learned helplessness’. The animal basically gives up because they have learned that no matter what they do they cannot get out of the cage or provide themselves with anything for stimulation. This is a very sad state for any animal to be in and it is completely inhumane to allow dogs to be housed in these conditions."