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Family Devastated After Shelter Accidentally Euthanizes Beloved Dog

A North Carolina family is devastated, heartbroken after their dog was mistakenly euthanized at the Henderson County Animal shelter following the Christmas holiday.

“We’ve got all this construction going on, and she got out on Thursday right before Christmas,” Jake Jarvis explained to KTRK. The family’s Boxer-mix, Indy, was found about 1/8th of a mile from home and picked up by Henderson County Animal Control. Because Indy was microchipped, animal control contacted Jarvis who was told the dog would have to spend the holidays in the shelter.

“The animal control officer from Henderson County Sheriff told me that I couldn’t pick up until Tuesday when they reopened,” Jarvis recalls. “He assured me she was fine and told me there was no way I could get her before Christmas.”

Jarvis assured the shelter that he would be picking Indy up.

On Tuesday, Jarvis was held up at work and unable to get to the shelter before they closed. By Wednesday morning, Indy was dead. Following a mandatory 72-hour hold, shelter workers euthanized the Jarvis’ beloved dog.

“We buried her yesterday,” Jarvis said, standing at his dog Indy’s grave next to his 9-year old daughter Kaylee. “We have a newborn who’s nine months old, and that was her first word was Indy.”

Although it’s too late for Indy, her death prompted County Manager Steve Wyatt to take measures to prevent such a mistake in the future. “I’ve issued an order that we will make a second opportunity,” Wyatt said. “Do everything we can to notify the owner, but, eventually, if that owner does not come forward, we have capacity issues. I’m not trying to be cold, we try to be very compassionate.”

 

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. DELLA

    Dec 31, 2016 at 2:54 am

    THATS INSANE NO DOG HAS TIME FOR ADOPTION IN SUCH A SHORT TIME PERIOD, SERIOUSLY DO YOU EVER HAVE DOGS ADOPTED OR JUST EUTHANIZE D, GOOD LORD WE AS HUMANS MUST BE ABLE TO DO BETTER THAN THIS. AFTER ALL, THE HOLE PET POPULATION PROBLEM IS DUE TO HUMANS

    • Brandy Arnold

      Dec 31, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Agreed! Especially considering the holiday break – the shelter was closed and the owners were told they couldn’t come get her! IMO a 72-hour hold should not include holidays or days when the shelter isn’t even open.

  2. Jeri Kastner

    Dec 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    So, EVERY dog is euthanized after 72 hours? How on earth can any dog ever be adopted from such a kill shelter?

    • Sev

      Dec 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Exactly my thoughts….makes no sense.

    • Nugs

      Dec 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      This type of thing is common in the South. They don’t have the resources.

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