In Oklahoma City, a young woman broke into the Oklahoma City Anima Shelter to save her dog just hours before she was to be euthanized according to a judge’s order. The pit bull named Hazel was ordered to be put to sleep because of her aggression.
That night, Hazel’s owner, Toya Stewart, broke into the shelter and rescued her dog. According to CbsNews, Stewart just wanted a chance to appeal her dog’s death sentence. And after she saved her dog, Hazel lived a few more days at home. Stewart adopted Hazel when she was only two months old, and the dog had been through many emotional struggles with her human. And even though Hazel was an angel around people she knew and loved, she had received the death sentence after having bitten the mailman and another small dog. The question always remains – had Hazel been a different breed, would she have still been doomed to death.
A few days later Stewart and her boyfriend were arrested for burglary, and Hazel was euthanized. The couple have been charged with burglary and concealing stolen property.
Stewart never wanted to break the law – she just wanted to save her dog, and as hard as she tried, it just wasn’t enough.
As tragic as Hazel’s life ended, Stewart has since adopted a new puppy; not that another dog would ever take her place, but she hopes the puppy helps.
Rest in peace Hazel. We are so sorry humans failed you.
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