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A Michigan dog owner is devastated and angry after his 16 year old dog, Capone, escaped from home, only to be found and euthanized just three short hours later.
Serafin Montoya’s 16 year old pit bull, Capone, escaped from his Fenton, Michigan home. Shortly after his escape, he was found by good Samaritan and dog-lover, Todd MacDonell, who set out to find his rightful owner.
MacDonell scooped the old dog into his truck and visited two different veterinarians and to Adopt-a-Pet in Fenton, hoping to locate the dog’s family. Because Capone was not wearing an ID tag and was not microchipped, no one could help.
So, MacDonell posted a photo of the dog to a Facebook page for lost pets in the area and took him to the Genesee County Animal Control Shelter where he was told the dog would be safely held until his owner claimed him.
Within just 3 hours of posting his photo, Capone’s owner was found. But it was too late.
The Genessee County Animal Control Shelter had already euthanized the senior dog.
Shelter director Paul Wallace told ABC12 News they didn’t have a choice but to euthanize the 16-year-old dog named Capone.
“That was mercy for the dog,” Wallace said.
The veterinarian on staff said Capone was extremely frail with partial paralysis in his hind legs. The nerves in his spine apparently couldn’t function, causing excruciating pain. Wallace said the dog was screaming in pain when he was brought in, a statement that the man who found him denies.
It is standard protocol to hold a found dog for at least 7 days.
The good Samaritan that found Capone is, of course, upset by what happened and says if he’d been wearing a collar or had been microchipped, he would have contact the owner directly instead of going to the county shelter.