Sugar Land’s Animal Companies workers fired after 38 cats and canines improperly euthanized at animal shelter since April, metropolis says

SUGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) — Some disturbing allegations involving Sugar Land’s Animal Companies shelter got here to mild Friday after dozens of animals had been improperly euthanized.

The Metropolis of Sugar Land revealed it launched an investigation after studying about unauthorized euthanizations at its animal shelter.

“We’re (upset),” Doug Adolph, a spokesperson for the Metropolis of Sugar Land, mentioned.

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“This was a violation of public belief. Our preliminary response once we came upon animals had been euthanized in our facility was shock, which rapidly turned to disappointment. Because the numbers elevated, it turned anger, bordering on rage,” he mentioned.

A minimum of 38 canines and cats had been reportedly euthanized since April with out the right authorization. The workers concerned within the investigation claimed the animals had been both aggressive or had a medical analysis.

“The animals wanted to have been despatched to a veterinarian for session, and we additionally want a behaviorist to judge the animal,” Adolph mentioned.

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Neither of these issues occurred.

In keeping with town, veterinarians are supposed to finish a full analysis to find out if euthanization is medically needed and in that case, it have to be executed beneath direct supervision.

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If the animals wanted to be euthanized for behavioral points, it ought to be mentioned with an authorized behaviorist, however these protocols weren’t adopted, in keeping with town.

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“They knew what they had been doing was flawed, they usually did it anyway,” Adolph mentioned.

Town mentioned 5 animal service workers had been fired, and the shelter supervisor resigned earlier than termination.

In a launch, the Metropolis of Sugar Land acknowledged they “will proceed working to implement any coaching and protocols wanted to make sure this by no means occurs once more.”

Town mentioned they might briefly reassign workers from different places of work and departments to assist the remaining Animal Service workers till extra are employed.

Town confirmed providers on the animal shelter will not be anticipated to vary.

“We’re going to revisit coaching protocols and the procedures which are in place so that everyone understands that what occurred was flawed and it is by no means going to occur once more,” Adolph mentioned.

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