Carson dog euthanized after owner can't pay fees

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Updated: 8/08/2013 10:19 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Officials with Carson City Animal Services say they shouldn't have euthanized a small dog whose owner couldn't pay a $100 fee within a three-day window.

The shelter is closed for adoption Tuesday through Thursday for what City Manager Larry Werner called "intensive" training on customer services and ethics.

Jeraldine Archuleta wrote a letter to the Nevada Appeal Sunday about her dog, which was picked up by animal control on Sunday. She says she tried to pick it up at the shelter the next day, but was told she needed to pay fees within a 72-hour window, and was later issued a citation for abandoning it.

Animal Services director Marena Works says the shelter was within its legal rights, but should have given Archuleta more time before euthanizing the dog.

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brasscookie - 8/10/2013 10:01 PM
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The government (entity) must win at all cost, regardless of the end result. It's not just Animal Control. COPs shoot and kill dogs and people all the time, proving a "don't mess with us (or we'll kill you)" attitude. Fire the Shelter Manager and employee who made the decision. Those creeps work for us (We, The People) and enough is enough!

Barbie J - 8/8/2013 10:19 AM
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This is absolutely the most horrid thing! That poor little dog had a home and an owner and did not deserve to die! Channel 4 should also look in Reno's shelter as they have some of the same crazy rules about dogs staying for a certain amount of time before being released to their owner and refusing to release animals without that payment. They say they need to charge for room and board but want to keep the dog until you can pay which creates room and board and trauma to the family and the pet. This is just a horrible system!

MomInNV - 8/8/2013 9:11 AM
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Replying to cpnCooper: You are 100% correct. Someone needs to be held accountable for the killing of this little animal. "Customer Service Training" for the employees? Really? How about giving the employees, (inclusive of the director, Ms. Works), sensitivity training? Oh, a little side bar now: Ms. Works - definitely a piece of "work!"

MomInNV - 8/8/2013 9:04 AM
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This is my posting from yesterday, 8/7/2013. I will repost everyday until this story is followed up and the public is aware of what is now happening. Someone needs to be held accountable for this outrageous act! This is the most despicable act I've ever heard of! I am shocked over the lack of compassion that people working at an "animal shelter" could have for an animal. I heard on the news that personnel at the "shelter" are NOW undergoing extensive training with regard to "customer service." I don't think training personnel in "customer service" it is going to bring back Ms. Archuleta's dog, nor do I feel the "training" will prevent it from happening again. I feel that the termination of insensitive/cynical personnel is what is needed. I don't give a "damn" what the "rules" say. Times are still tough for some and I feel that each person's circumstances should be taken into consideration BEFORE an animal is destroyed because of rules that serve no purpose other than to cause pain and suffering to animals and their owners. Shame on you Carson City Animal Shelter!

2sleepy - 8/8/2013 8:48 AM
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someone here posted "welcome to Mississippi of the west" and sadly that is very true. I'm starting to get rid of stuff I don't need so it will be easier for my husband and I to get the hell out of this nasty state in a year or two when he retires. 'greyhound therapy' for the mentally ill, unarmed people shot by cops in LV, Reno cops arresting dozens of people at a downtown event for "trespassing on public property?" and now this..I just can't stomach it anymore

peg97 - 8/8/2013 8:13 AM
2 Votes
I would have given this man $100.00 to get his dog back. I am glad I don't live in Carson City. What a complete shame.

BarbqFm - 8/7/2013 5:30 PM
2 Votes
I would of donated to help this fur baby out and not too impressed with Carson City Animal Services

cpncopper - 8/7/2013 4:59 PM
4 Votes
the stupidity that happened here cannot be fixed by any amount of training. what we are witnessing is the management chain doing doing a public cover your butt. you can read the response from the animal services manager and tell immediately that this person is the problem. i suggest this person be fired....actually.....i demand it.

Doreen - 8/7/2013 4:26 PM
6 Votes
I am so upset over this poor little dog being KILLED because some absolutely HEARTLESS individual at the Carson Animal Shelter had a dispute with the owner because the lady couldn't afford to come up with $100+ to get her pet back! The owner also said it was the first time the dog had gotten out and the shelter wanted to punish her for that! She asked for a little time to come up with the money and they gave her an UNREASONABLE time. If I was there I would have given the money to her! How dare some person who apparently had TOO MUCH AUTHORITY kill (YES KILL!)that poor little dog because they were mad at the owner?! Is this place a SHELTER or not? I thought a shelter is a place where you HELP animals not right out kill them!! I also heard this is their rule! Why would you have a rule like that anyway?! Why wouldn't that dog be put up for adoption rather than destroyed! Animals should be held a week so owners could claim them! If rules are as stupid and cruel as you have here than CHANGE THEM! This person should ABSOLUTELY BE FIRED and not just transferred or demoted! If you don't have compassionate and caring people to work at the shelter than HIRE NEW PEOPLE who are! There are a lot of people with compassion and SENSE that would like this job out there! This little darling died because someone had too much authority and TOO LITTLE SENSE, AND DID NOT CARE! FIRE THAT PERSON! What an CRUEL OUTRAGE! Doreen & Dennis Hoffman Jacks Valley

Annie - 8/7/2013 4:15 PM
5 Votes
That's the meanest thing I've ever heard of. A poor little dog dies for $100. Shame on Carson City, shame, shame, shame. If Carson City can't afford to allow a little dog to live but for $100, I worry about the rest of us, including our children. This is absolutely horrific. The poor lady was probably trying desperately to come up with the money, I wish I would have known I would have paid the fee. Again SHAME ON YOU CARSON CITY as much money as is wasted in this State one little dog should have been allowed to live. Damn.
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