Days ago, an Alabama woman’s dog was accidentally killed at an area animal shelter. As reported by the Montgomery Advisor, Kim Wright’s dog, Vinnie, got loose on Monday morning and he was picked up by someone from the Montgomery County Humane Society.
Hours later, the pit bull was dead – the victim of mistaken identity. Wright had phoned the shelter to find out how to retrieve her dog after finding a notice on her door advising her that the dog was picked up, but staff could not find him. She later learned that someone at the animal shelter mistook her dog for another and he was euthanized in error.
Steven Tears, the shelter’s executive director, calls the mistake “devastating.” To his knowledge, in his 15 years with the facility, a mistake like this has never happened before. Tears told the news agency, “In this particular situation we missed a detail, and one of our pets lost their lives. We’re taking it very hard. We’re not taking it lightly. We still have 400 animals in our facility who need our help. We have to get back on the horse, look at our systems and make sure we’re doing what we need to keep them safe. We’re not making any excuses. There’s absolutely no excuse.”
In a Facebook post after Vinnie’s death, Wright wrote:
Missing my dog so much already. They didn’t have to do him like that 💔💔
The shelter is reviewing their protocol to make sure that more safeguards are in place.
(Stock image of pit bull via Pixabay)
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