This is another unfortunate and heartbreaking incident of a dog being euthanized even when the owner had already claimed the dog.
Lady (pictured here), a pit bull, went missing and was brought to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Texas. Jose Martinez went to pick up his dog. He went to Lady’s cage, identified her and even gave her a few pats on the head. Lady was excited to be reunited with Martinez and his son.
Martinez was asked to wait in the lobby while shelter employees processed the paperwork. But then he got some shocking news.
â€œThe manager called me in, walked me into her office, closed the door and told me, â€˜we just euthanized your dogâ€™. Just like that,â€ Martinez said.
The interim shelter director said Lady was aggressive and tried to bite a couple of employees when they were trying to move her. That was why the shelter said they put Lady, who didn’t have any identification, down.
Except since her owner came to pick her up, the dog should not have been euthanized.
The interim shelter director said there was a new shelter employee and she was not sure what to do.
â€œShe just said, â€˜we can give you another dog if you want toâ€™. I mean, just like if it was nothing. I told her, no, that wasn’t the point,â€ Martinez said.
The shelter said it was a miscommunication and they will ensure that it will not happen again.
But this is not the first time Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter has been in a similar situation.
Before the incident with Lady, another dog owner, Gilbert Angelle, said his dog was euthanized when she shouldn’t have been. He said his dog, Reba, was at the shelter and it was likely that she was euthanized on her third day at the shelter, which is against the shelter’s policy.
The shelter said Reba was not socializing well and that’s why they decided to put her down. A spokesperson for the shelter said she is unsure of what actually happened with Reba.
The facility has put in new polices which include not leaving identified animals in kennels and not euthanizing animals during business hours.
Both Martinez and Angelle hope that no one has to go through their painful situation. They have spoken with an attorney who is investigating the shelter. He said he wants the problems fixed without any legal action.