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Central California SPCA euthanizes wrong dog

According to the CCSPCA spokesperson, an internal investigation found that the proper rescue procedures were not followed for a German Shepherd puppy that was brought in as a stray. (Photo courtesy: Karyn)

FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) -- A woman who rescues German Shepherds says the Central California SPCA euthanized the wrong dog.

The dog was put down August 4.

According to Karyn, a German Shepherd rescuer, she saw a Facebook post by the owner of Laika, a 5-month-old German Shepherd puppy, stating that they needed to rehome the dog as soon as possible.

Karyn made contact with the dog's owner a couple different times trying to get the dog.

Karyn says the family finally got back to her and said because of a rental agreement not allowing them to have a dog, they took the puppy to the CCSPCA.

Karyn then checked with the shelter and found the family turned the dog in as a stray to avoid fees.

Because the dog was turned in as a stray, the SPCA had to hold the dog for several days by law before releasing for adoption.

Karyn tells us she went to the shelter on Tuesday, saw the dog, saw its sweet demeanor and told the shelter worker she would take the dog either as a rescue or foster it.

The workers were supposed to mark the kennel tag for rescue, but never did, Karyn says.

We're told the dog came off of a kennel hold on Friday evening and by Saturday morning it was dead. Karyn was on her way to the shelter to pick up the dog when she got a call saying what had happened.

According to the CCSPCA spokesperson, an internal investigation found that the proper rescue procedures were not followed for the German Shepherd puppy that was brought in as a stray.

The spokesperson says the dog was euthanized for behavioral and illness-related issues.

According to California Assembly Bill No. 2343, "Existing law specifies that no stray dog or cat impounded by a public or private shelter shall be euthanized before 6 business days after the stray dog or cat is impounded, not including the day of impoundment, and requires that the stray dog or cat be released to a nonprofit animal rescue or adoption organization prior to the scheduled euthanasia of the stray dog or cat in certain circumstances, subject to specified exceptions."

The spokesperson released the following statement after the dog was euthanized:

The CCSPCA has completed its internal investigation regarding the failure to release a dog at the conclusion of its stray hold period to one of our partner rescues in northern California. It is our determination that proper rescue procedures were not followed. Appropriate corrective actions are being taken and proper procedural training will be reinforced. We are saddened that the dog was subsequently euthanized for behavioral and illness related issues. The CCSPCA is deeply committed to providing the best possible care to the tens of thousands of animals that come through our doors each year and to providing the highest quality public service to our community.


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