The Omaha family say the dog was mistakenly euthanized. The humane society blames misunderstandings
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – An Omaha Subway family mourns their beloved family dog after claiming he was mistakenly euthanized at the Nebraska Humane Society this week.
Now they want answers.
Kelly Rodgers said her family’s dog, Zeplin, a 3-year-old German Shepherd, had a seizure last week.
“He caught my son’s roommate during the seizure because he was obviously scared. Then he went into his kennel and he wouldn’t come out, “she said.
Rodgers said her vet told her to take Zeplin to the Nebraska Humane Society for a 10-day quarantine to be monitored after the attack.
The Humane Society said this is standard after a dog is involved in a biting incident. But Rodgers said nothing went terribly wrong even in the middle of the quarantine.
“My son’s roommate received a notification that he was laying down the dog.”
Rogers said she went to the Humane Society after calling multiple times with no answer.
“After waiting 40 minutes to speak to someone, they came to tell me that they actually accidentally euthanized our dog due to miscommunication,” she said.
Humane Society officials admit a mistake was made.
They said when Rodgers’ son originally came in with Zeplin, he asked for the dog to be euthanized. However, it was decided to quarantine him for 10 days and continue from there.
Humane Society officials said the dog was in rough condition.
“As far as we knew, the dog hadn’t left the crate in five days. It didn’t eat. It wasn’t drinking, ”said Pam Wiese of the Nebraska Humane Society.
Humane Society officials said they believed euthanasia was best for the dog. Then they called Rodgers’ son – and there they said they believe the miscommunication happened.
“When our staff spoke to him about euthanasia, he didn’t specifically say, ‘OK, go ahead and do it. ‘But because he said, “I don’t want to take him to my vet,” our people said, “Oh, then he says we should euthanize here,” said Wiese.
Rodgers said neither she nor her son had signed that.
“We can’t bring him back. I just want it to be known that this is wrong and they can’t just say we are sorry that it is a miscommunication, ”she said.
Wiese deeply apologized for the actions of the Humane Society.
“We are very sorry. It was not intended or done out of malice. It was a miscommunication on our part and we are working to correct it. And we are really sorry that it happened that way,” she said.
The Humane Society is reviewing its guidelines to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The Rodgers family said humane society had informed them that the cost of Zeplin’s quarantine would be reimbursed.
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