The Whitfield County Animal Shelter mistakenly kills the wrong dog. Now, the family is pleading for answers about how the accident happened.
The Animal Shelter's director owned up to the mistake, saying it was just human error. He says the dog in question was in a cage next to another dog that was scheduled to be euthanized. They apparently looked alike, and the wrong dog was killed.
"We simply made a human error. We made a mistake," said Don Allen Garrett, the director of the shelter. Don Allen Garrett says mistakes like the one last Friday aren't unheard of at the Whitfield County Animal Shelter. That's when the shelter killed this 3-year-old dog named Wiz.
The boxer was being held for 10 days because he bit a 6-year-old girl on her leg. Allie's mother says Wiz had been coming around for about 2 weeks and they never felt threatened. "I told them at the hospital that I didn't believe the dog needed to be put down. It has never been aggressive except that one day," said Patricia Howell, the girl's mother.
Because Wiz didn't have his rabies vaccination, the shelter had to hold him for 10 days. His 10 days were up on Sunday. He was killed the Friday before. "When I called he said 'which dog is it?' I said the 'black boxer.' He said 'we don't have a black boxer.' Other people need to know if your dog is at that pound, you need to be calling about it everyday," said Elaine Smith, Wiz's owner.
Garrett, who's been the director for 22 years, says Wiz was in a cage next to another dog that looked similar to him and was set to be euthanized. "We've tried our best to keep these things from ever taking place but to say it hasn't would be wrong and to say it won't happen will probably be wrong too," said Garrett.
"Why? Why is it happening? If they need me to come down there and run it I will do it. I don't have animal control experience, but I do have common sense," said Smith.
Little Allie had to get one stitch on her leg, and her mother didn't press any charges against the dog's owner.
Elaine Smith was cited for having a dog at large and no proof of rabies vaccination.
By Natalie Jenereski