LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An animal control worker who mistakenly selected a family's lost dog for euthanization a day after it was picked up has left her job with Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control.
Capt. Tim Mitchell of the agency told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/ZVXc9d ) that the employee designated the Chihuahua for euthanization on Sunday, instead of looking at the dog she intended to evaluate.
Mitchell said the Chihuahua's owners reported their dog lost on Monday, and the agency figured it out.
Mitchell wouldn't provide details about the worker's departure.
The newspaper said the dog's death violates state and local laws requiring that at least five days pass before a dog in the custody of animal control is euthanized.
Mitchell said the incident is "devastating" to the agency and that he couldn't remember the last time something like that happened.