On Monday, within hours of being picked up, the dogs were put down at the Fort Bend County Animal Shelter.
The circumstances surrounding the killing of the dogs, a pit bull and a French bulldog, make the "mistake" all the more heartbreaking.
A representative from the rescue organization, Short Mugs, was at the facility signing paperwork which was necessary to free the dogs; the dogs were being killed while that paperwork was in process.
The situation gets worse...according to Short Mugs, the dogs had a family.
On Feb. 11, the rescue agency posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
The owners have been found. The dogs got loose Saturday and the owners have been looking. The shelter was closed over the weekend and they did not have the opportunity to call before they were euthanized.
Their names were Jake (frenchie) and Jaxx (pitty mix).
Officials at the facility admit that protocol was not followed, and they acknowledged that stray dogs should have been held for three days...time which would have enabled the owners to locate, and reclaim, their pets.
Jake and Jaxx were apparently not wearing any form of identification when they were found, nor did they have microchips.
The "mistake" is being investigated.
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