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Man stunned to learn his missing dog was ‘euthanized without warning’ at shelter

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A Georgia man was surprised when he saw his missing dog’s photo on the Facebook page for a local animal shelter. His dog, named Georgia, was on the Facebook page for the Baldwin County Animal Shelter – he was sure it was her because of her unique ears. Matthew Griffin told WMAZ News, “I’m scrolling through it, and there’s a picture, there’s Georgia plain as day, you can tell by one ear sticking up, one ear down, she’s been that way forever.”

Griffin messaged the shelter and thought that things were in order for him to come to the facility to retrieve his dog…but that never happened. Before he made his way to the facility to bring her home, he read a message that stated that Georgia had been “euthanized without warning” because of space issues.

The blame game

Griffin is angry that his pup was put down, especially after he reached out to them, but the facility manager has stated that standard protocol was followed and she was put down because those there the longest can be killed when space becomes an issue.

Carlos Tobar, the county manager, told the news agency: “Basically, the animals that have been here the longest, generally they are the ones that get euthanized first. Being there for about three weeks unclaimed, Georgia fit that description.”

Owner responsibility

Owners must be responsible for their pets. Why had Griffin failed to visit this facility to see if his dog was there? Why wasn’t Georgia protected with her owner’s information via an identification tag and a microchip?

According to the news agency, Griffin had actually been corresponding with a shelter volunteer, not staff – which may explain why notes were not input into the system to protect her from being put down.

Be a good pet parent – keep a collar with identification tag on your cat or dog and ensure that your companion has a microchip with up to date information. If your pet runs away, check in with all shelters in the area – not just once, every day. Visit the facilities in person to see if your pet has been picked up. The amount of effort you put in may be the difference between your pet’s life, or death.

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6 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    I don’t care who Mr Griffin was talking to be it a volunteer or shelter staff. The volunteer should have made sure that it was known that Georgia had an owner who was coming to get her. Euthanizing dogs because of space is disgusting and I don’t blame Mr Griffin for being angry!

  2. Bunny Peters says:

    Precious treasure, your life was stolen from you (& your life mattered). I am absolutely heartbroken for your death. So sorry that humans failed you in every way possible……

    Please look for MacKitty in Heaven and he will welcome you into his snuggle buddies group. You can RIP amongst his loving friends……..

    In some so-called shelters, the staff is “needle happy”….. which is another way of saying “callous, cruel & indifferent to suffering”…….. I truly believe that anyone who is deliberately cruel to others (people or animals) will burn in Hell forever for their cruelty…..

    Whilst it’s absolutely true that pet parents MUST take steps to safeguard their pets from harm and have proper yard fencing, collars and tags can fall off, shelters might fail to find microchips (or have the “wrong chip reader”)….. I do think that there are some very serious questions that must be answered.
    Disgusting and cruel to not thoroughly update intake records (even if the corresponding person is a “volunteer”) and verify situation BEFORE euthanasia. This is not a proper shelter (& I have no doubt this awful murder of “animals who will be retrieved by their families” has happened before).
    The attitude towards animals speaks volumes about whether these POS shelter employees even value lives…..
    Sad beyond words……

  3. Me' says:

    RIP. Humans csn no longer hurt you. Yes the owner should be angry. He should sue the city and shelter. The only way you can make changes these days.


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