There has been a devastating turn of events in the rescue effort for a terrified German shepherd mix who was held at a municipal animal control facility in Columbia, S.C.
As word spread about the dog, name unknown, dozens of offers to save his life came in from across the county.
Shortly there after, HEART, the non-profit agency which was working to save his life, announced that a rescue organization had been located, and the dog would be safe.
Tragically, not long after word was issued that the young dog would be rescued, came a devastating follow-up...the animal control facility had accidentally killed the dog before the rescue agency arrived to pull him from the building.
The official response reads:
Thank you again for your interest in this sweet, scared boy. The outpouring of concern and help for him was nothing short of amazing. By Wednesday, a mere 24 hours after profiling him, we had a rescue in place and had confirmed it at the municipal shelter where he was being housed.
However, because of his stray hold time (five days during which an owner could have reclaimed him), the municipal shelter was unable to physically release him to rescue until his mandatory hold time had expired. When the rescue arrived at the municipal shelter to save this life, we learned that he had been accidentally added to that morning’s euthanasia log.
We are devastated and heart-broken at this terrible turn of events. Even as we mourn this loss of this boy, we are reminded that he is only one of the more than 12,000 animals who lose their lives each and every year for no other reason than homelessness. We did everything we could to get this boy a positive outcome, but for him and so many more, it simply wasn’t enough.
This shouldn’t have happened to this boy, and it shouldn’t happen to those still sitting in our local municipal shelters, either. Together, we can solve this over-whelming issue in our community, and we look forward to working with you soon.
Prior story on this dog here.
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