A Lexington, Kentucky man is trying to deal with his grief after being informed his one-year-old Chihuahua was euthanized at the Lexington-Fayette County Animal Care and Control just days after he went missing from his home. On July 2, the tiny Chi named Echo wandered away from his home.
According to WkytNews, Michael Geers went to the shelter the next day and filed a lost dog report. For the next week he tried to find his little dog with no luck, however on July 9, Geers received a call informing him that Echo had been found and was dropped off at the shelter the same day Geers filed the report of his lost dog. Excited, Geers hurried to the shelter to pick Echo up and bring him home, but that was not to be. The shelter euthanized the pup that morning stating he wasn’t put up for adoption because he “did not pass their evaluation.”
As per the state and local ordinance, dogs are held for five days and cats are held for three days before they are euthanized. Echo had been at the shelter for six days; he ran out of time. And although Geers immediately contacted the shelter about his lost dog, it is the dog owner’s responsibility to continually check back to see if their dog had been turned in to the shelter.
The Lexington-Fayette County Animal Care and Control state they have an 80% save rate. Had Echo been micro chipped, he would have been held at the shelter for ten days. While it is a terrible tragedy that Echo was killed, please microchip your pets; they can’t talk and tell us where they live and who their favorite human is, but that tiny rice sized chip can alert shelters, veterinarians and rescue organizations bring some amazing reunions.
Rest in peace Echo. We will miss you.
(Photo via screenshot from WkytNews)
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