A software “glitch” is being blamed for the mistaken killing of a dog, who escaped from his owner’s yard in Lexington, Kentucky, earlier this month reported WTVQ News. The dog who lost his life at an area animal control agency was a pit bull named “Drake,” who belonged to Vanessa Kyle.
Kyle expressed to WTVQ News her devastation over the sudden and unexpected loss of her pet, “It’s awful, I have cried constantly. You know for the first two or three days, I didn’t eat.” The tragedy took place after Drake somehow escaped from his fenced in yard and wound up on a neighbor’s property.
The neighbor did not know who Drake belonged to, so he transported him to the Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control. Drake’s owner visited the facility and looked for her dog, but could not find him – on a return visit, she was taken aside and given the heartbreaking news that her dog had already been put down.
The shelter has stated that mistakes like the one that claimed Drake’s life are rare – Kyle has been provided with an adoption certificate and license if she decides to get a new dog.
Unfortunately, nothing will bring Drake back. A painful reminder to all owners to keep current identification tags on your pet and ensure that your dog has a microhip with up-to-date information.
(Photos screen shots via ABC 36 News/WTVQ)