A lost dog was euthanized within 24 hours after he arrived at the Staten Island Animal Care Center. The owner had frantically been searching for his 16-year-old mastiff only to find out his dog had already been killed by the shelter.
According to News12 Westchester, the entire tragic situation was caught on video. On Thanksgiving weekend, the dog was found in a Staten Island park on Saturday morning and taken to the shelter. She was then transferred to the Manhattan location where she was euthanized later the same day.
The dog, named Lila had been with his family since she was three-months-old and had been a rescue from the same shelter. Lila had a microchip; although it did not have a phone number, the address of the owner was correct located just five minutes from the Staten Island shelter where Lila was found.
The shelter stated they had examined the dog and a veterinarian concluded she had been suffering and her quality of life had been poor “that euthanasia was the only humane option.”
New York State Law does give shelters the authority to euthanize dogs that are “suffering.” Lost or abandoned dogs are to be held for five days – identified strays are to be held for seven.
Sadly, Lila died alone with unfamiliar staff – most likely desperately searching for her family as she took her final breath. Rest in peace Lila.
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