A Detroit, Michigan family is heartbroken after their family dog was mistakenly euthanized on Friday at the Detroit Animal Care and Control because of a computer error. According to AbcNews, Melissa Jackson’s four-year-old dog, Coco, had been brought to the shelter after escaping through the bottom of the family fence and biting the next door neighbor’s dog. Under state law, Coco was required to spend ten days in rabies quarantine.
With just a few more days left for Coco’s mandatory isolation, Melissa arrived to make arrangements to pick up her dog; Coco could not be found. Jackson was put in contact with the head of Detroit’s animal control and after learning of her dog’s death and having been mistakenly euthanized was devastated and couldn’t understand what had happened:
“She told me I’m sorry that we had to euthanize your dog because she was aggressive to other dogs,” Jackson said. “But I don’t understand, if every dog is in their own cage, how could she get to another dog? I just bust out crying and they’re just rubbing my back and saying we’re sorry. And no, when were y’all going to call me and tell me. When I get there, she has already been dead six days without anybody telling me anything.”
A spokesperson for the shelter released the following statement:
“Ms. Jackson’s dog was brought to Detroit Animal Care and Control as part of a dog-on-dog bite situation. The owner complied with state law and the dog was held for a 10-day rabies quarantine period. As a result of a computer status error, a tragic and unacceptable euthanasia was authorized. Our hearts are with Ms. Jackson during this time of loss. We are thoroughly examining all procedures and systems that led to this and we are committed to putting safeguards in place to prevent this from happening again.”
Rest in peace Coco. You life was cut short because of human error. What a tragedy for a loved family member.
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