A young German shepherd, slated for adoption, was accidentally killed at a Florida animal control facility earlier this week, reported Thursday's Tampa Bay News.
The dog, one-year-old "JoJo," was killed at the Hillsborough County Animal Services facility on the very day that he was scheduled to be picked up by his new, adoptive family.
The director of the facility, Ian Hallett, called JoJo's death "regrettable," and released the following statement:
Despite newly developed animal care policies and procedures and comprehensive staff training, a combination of human errors may have been the cause of JoJo's euthanization,
This loss is regrettable and demands action.
Tragically, mistakes that involve the ending of a life, cannot be undone.
On the day that JoJo should have happily walked free from the facility, he was instead killed at the hands of an employee who made a mistake.
JoJo's death is eerily similar to the death of the terrified German shepherd who was killed at a Columbia, S.C., animal control facility on the same day that his rescuers were driving to pick him up. In that instance as well, the animal control facility cited a mistake as the reason for the dog's death.
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