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Family claims miscommunication led to dog's death

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ZACHARY- A family claims a miscommunication led to their beloved pet's death last week.

Bella, a three year old American Bulldog was euthanized by the Companion Animal Alliance. Stephen Tidwell says the dog nipped at a neighbor in Zachary and was picked up by Animal Control. It happened after the family let Bella outside briefly.

When Animal Control picked up the dog, a notice was given to the family that it had ten days to pick up the animal due to a mandatory observation period for rabies.

The Tidwells claim they were in contact with Animal Control and 'CAA' well before that window was up.

"That Monday when my wife went to get her, they already put her to sleep," Tidwell said.

Tidwell said they had no idea the shelter was open on weekends, since Animal Control is open Monday thru Friday. When they showed up to pick up the dog, they were given the devastating news.

"I cried," Tidwell said. "I miss her everyday I go home."

Executive Director of the Companion Animal Alliance Beth Brewster said there were no mistakes made on their part. However, she did recognize that better communication could have saved this dog's life.

"I think we did everything according to protocol this time," Brewster said. "I just think better communication from them would have gone a long way."

As this family deals with the loss of their beloved Bella, they are working on a petition pushing for better communication between the Animal Shelter and the Companion Animal Alliance.

"I just want to prevent this from happening to some other family," Tidwell said.


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