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CAA mistakenly euthanizes family pet

3 years ago January 13, 2012 Jan 13, 2012 Friday, January 13 2012 Friday, January 13, 2012 5:23:51 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

BATON ROUGE - Anna Boone and her three kids are angry and hurt after their family dog was euthanized Thursday, one day before a judge was scheduled to decide if it could go back home to its family.

Animal control officers picked up "Tigger" after a report he killed a smaller dog and bit the dog's owner in mid-December. 

Since then, Boone said she went through every motion she knew of to try to get her dog back.  She waited ten days for a rabies observation, called Animal Control and Companion Animal Alliance over and over, even went to the building with questions and money in hand to pay the cost dog owners are fined when their dog is kept for observation.

Only after a News 2 report was Boone scheduled for her day in court.  But Debbie Pearson with Companion Animal Alliance said a mistake in paperwork will keep Boone, and Tigger, from that day.

Pearson said CAA euthanized Tigger Thursday because paperwork filled out by Animal Control said "Hold-- owner must speak to animal control officer," and the time for that had passed.

"I was unaware that there was a court case pending," Pearson said.

Both Pearson and Boone said they called the other numerous times, but never connected.

"I wouldn't hold anything against Ms. Boone or her dog, but these situations are difficult, and the animal control role is to protect the public and their pets as well," Pearson said, adding Tigger was deemed dangerous and likely would not have been returned to Boone after Friday's hearing.

Still, Boone is angry, and wants an apology from CAA.

"It's the most deflating feeling that you can imagine, like you're just sinking," she said, adding she wants CAA to change their policies so this doesn't happen again.  "They have a risk of that happening to them, because of the way this organization is set up and disorganized in the way they communicate."

Pearson admits Animal Control and CAA could communicate better.  Since they are both located in the same building, she promises better communication.  Pearson also says no dog will ever be euthanized over a paperwork mistake again.

"If there's not clear paperwork, I personally will track that officer down and clarify it," she said.

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