Dogs in the News: Texas Animal Control Euthanizes Family Dog
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Texas Animal Control Accidently Euthanizes a Family Dog

Last week, animal control officials in Deer Park, Texas, picked up a loose dog after he allegedly chased after the mailman. When her daughter found a postcard left on the family’s front door, Rosalyn Pichon called animal control services to inquire about her Chow/Pit Bull mix, Newt.

The note read, “Dog was loose and attacked mail carrier please call.”

Surprised by the allegations, the Pichon family says the 10-year old family dog was not the slightest bit aggressive and that they doubt any attack occurred.

KHOU News, in San Antonio, Texa, reported:

“I said I’m the lady that you left the card in the door,” said Pichon. “I said what happened. He said well he attacked the mailman, but he didn’t bite the mailman.”

Pichon made arrangements with animal control to pick up her pet on Friday, just 3 days away.

That was, until they called her Thursday with shocking news – they had accidentally euthanized her dog.

A supervisor for the Deer Park Animal Control Services admitted to the mistake, saying that an employee neglected to pass on the information that the dog would be picked up on Friday. That same supervisor offered to let Pichon come by the shelter and pick out a new puppy.

“He said if you want to, you can come and get a puppy,” recalled Pichon. “I said no way. What would I get a puppy for? That’s not supposed to make me feel like everything is OK.”

Disciplinary action is being taken against the neglectful employee. However, it is our hope that animal control get their act together. Their entire system can’t possibly be operated on word-of-mouth alone – why wasn’t the dog’s file updated with the proper information before Newt was senselessly killed and his family left to mourn?

What would you do if animal control accidentally euthanized your dog?

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