Shelter mistakenly euthanized puppy tagged for rescue

Shelter accidentally euthanized puppy tagged for rescue

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A California animal shelter has admitted that mistakes were made after a German shepherd puppy was put down. According to KMPH News, the young dog had been brought in as a stray, but she was put down the morning after her stray hold was up – even though a woman had told employees at the Central California SPCA that they were coming to pick her up.

The puppy’s story

Laika, the five-month-old German shepherd pup, had been brought to the animal shelter by her owner, who was no longer able to keep her because of landlord issues. The puppy’s owner turned Laika in as a stray to avoid fees at the shelter.

Karyn, a local German shepherd rescuer, went to the shelter and met the puppy and told the shelter staff that she wanted to tag the shepherd for rescue – she was on her way to pick up the young dog on Saturday morning when she learned that the pup had already been euthanized.

Mistakes made

The animal shelter released an official statement about the findings of their internal investigation:

The CCSPCA has completed its internal investigation regarding the failure to release a dog at the conclusion of its stray hold period to one of our partner rescues in northern California. It is our determination that proper rescue procedures were not followed. Appropriate corrective actions are being taken and proper procedural training will be reinforced. We are saddened that the dog was subsequently euthanized for behavioral and illness related issues. The CCSPCA is deeply committed to providing the best possible care to the tens of thousands of animals that come through our doors each year and to providing the highest quality public service to our community.

(Image screenshot via KMPH News)

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14 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    “Proper rescue procedures” be damned, someone had been there visited the puppy and tagged her for rescue! Why are you euthanizing a 5 month old puppy in the first place. Give the dog a chance at finding a home! This is a poor excuse and what “behavioral and illness related issues” could have lead to this! If you call this “providing the highest quality public service to our community” when you are killing puppies, then you need to be shut down! Rest in peace Laika, you deserved better.

  2. Larry says:

    This is more than mere negligence, this is incompetence at the highest level. There can be no question that the individual responsible should be fired at a minimum. Laika was a beautiful dog who deserved a long and happy life now ended by the stupidity of a moron who has no business even being in contact with animals. No apologies, excuses, or rationalizations can make up for this senseless loss of a precious life. To the person in charge of this facility, DO THE RIGHT THING and rid youself and everyone else of the person who committed this murder.

  3. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Doesn’t anybody in this country know how to do their job????? People make mistakes and there are no consequences except, ooops, I’m sorry. NOT GOOD ENOUGH PEOPLE! You need to lose your job!

  4. Bunny Peters says:

    RIP precious treasure Laika……. Your life was stolen from you….. You didn’t deserve to be murdered…… please look for MacKitty in Heaven….. you will be welcome to join his group of snuggle buddies…….. so sorry that you were failed so horribly by humans……..

    That POS who murdered you will burn in Hell forever for his cruelty……. let’s hope he gets there ASAP after suffering a terrible death in pain, alone, afraid and unloved…….

    IMHO, the shelter MUST change it’s procedures for identifying “tagged for rescue” animals so this horrible situation NEVER happens again…… just how can the shelter “make it “right” for Laika”???

    My Dad always said, “common sense is not so common”…… whoever did the euthanasia should never be allowed near animals as they are waaaaaaay too stupid to work near them…… you can fix many things, but you can’t fix stupid……

    Sadly there is no “do-over” for Laika……. she is the innocent victim, her life mattered and she deserves justice…….

  5. maxiemom says:

    This makes me SICK!!

    This was a 5 month old puppy who should have been given a bit of extra time in any case, never mind that she’d been tagged for rescue and that someone should have taken care to make certain that NOTHING happened to screw that up!

    How many times have we seen something like this in the past? If it happens once, that’s once too often.

    The mistakes here involve life and death, not a piece of merchandise that can be ordered and replaced later! If you hire people who can’t be diligent about what they’re doing, then you, and they, need to go.

  6. Adrienne says:

    Sorry Laika that these humans let you down and were too stupid to realize that someone was coming for you. People do their jobs so poorly and others suffer the consequences, in this case death for Laika. Five month old dog and they couldn’t double check to make sure they were doing the right thing. All of those workers need to truly understand what they did to a dog that was about to be rescued. Why should they care as long as they get their paycheck. Maybe they shouldn’t receive anything for ending a beautiful pups life. See how careful they will be the next time to double check and confirm what they are doing is correct. Hit these workers where it matters to them-their paycheck. RIP Laika, run free with the others who have had this happen to them.

  7. Gizmos Mommy says:

    Accidentally euthanized? No that’s not good enough; slaughtered, killed, murdered would be a far more accurate description of what those maggots did. You don’t make a mistake when it ends someone’s life. Fucking morons. I’m not surprised though coming from that shelter.

  8. Melissa Gurley says:

    A 5 month old PUPPY BABY had to die because of your mistakes. So it’s normal to kill babies because no one there tried to stop it. How evil is this place should be investagated NOW before another baby is killed


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