Hansen says the shelter is the only system in the country that makes its euthanasia list public on a regular basis.
"The reason why we do that is to give them one last chance. One last opportunity for someone in the general public to say, 'This dog is sick. I can take care of him' or 'I can give him training.'"
Piper isn't sick. He may need training. His biggest concern is time. A month into shelter life, he's already showing signs of shutting down.
His grins can turn to growls. His anxiety is increasingly evident. And tragically, as that hopelessness festers, people see less and less of the real Piper - only a dog who feels the walls around him all-too keenly.