(Warning: Grab the tissues for this one.)
It's sad when a dog runs away or escapes. It's heartbreaking, really. Wandering around, posting fliers, searching the neighborhood, calling neighbors — it's stressful, especially when the idea creeps into your mind that you'll never see your dog again or that he/she got hit by a car.
You know what's really sad, though? If you discover that your dog is safe and sound, that some kind stranger found the pup and took him to the pound, and you get to the pound and your dog is dead because they killed him by mistake.
That's exactly what happened in Stark County recently.
Kristen Greathouse says that her dog, "Roxy," got out of their yard last week. A neighbor found the dog, which didn't have a tag, and took Roxy to the Stark County Pound. The next day Greathouse found Roxy's picture on the pound's website and called to say she was on her way to pick up her darling pooch.
When she got there, however, she discovered the pound had mistakenly euthanized her dog.
“It’s a very sad and unfortunate situation. All of us that own dogs feel that way and even people that don't own dogs feel that way,” Stark County administrator Mike Hanke said.
The dog warden is investigating how this could have happened. Hanke said, by law, the dog should have been kept for 72 hours. But Roxy’s owner said she was only there for 18.
Hanke said the dog warden has already changed the policy at the pound.
Roxy’s owner said her family isn’t upset with the warden, adding that mistakes happen and unfortunately that mistake happened to Roxy.
They are certainly handling this better than we would.