Okla. Tornado Dog Accidentally Euthanized

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A dog that had been separated from its owners after the Oklahoma tornadoes last month was wrongfully euthanized by a shelter after staff failed to label her as a storm pet, according to the Daily Mail U.K.

The dog had been wandering the streets when Sarah Sheets took her in. Sheets brought the dog to a shelter so the animal would have the chance to be reunited with her rightful owners, as local shelters have been working to find and identify lost dogs and cats stranded by the tornadoes.

Sheets told the shelter that if "Stormy" could not be reconnected with her owners, she would come back herself and find a home for the dog.

A week after dropping Stormy off, Sheets called to see how she was doing. She was devastated to learn that shelter staff had euthanized Stormy after they failed to properly label her as a storm dog. They apologized for the mistake.

"This is not a mistake. I don't even know what this is," Sheets told KOKH-TV. "The only reason I took her there was because I was hoping that her owners would find her. It breaks my heart that I was responsible for her death."

Sheets hopes that the shelter learns from this incident and takes better care of the pets that are turned in to them. She also asks that if a person who turns in an animal requests to be alerted before the animal is euthanized, that the shelter honors such a request.


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Poor little woof woof... is there no verification system before they put dogs down? Dogs are family, to put one down in this manner is just like killing a brother or sister :-( Shelters, please make sure you do proper checks!!!

June 24 2013 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if the shelter staff even thought about scanning the dog to see if had a microchip?

The microchip (if implanted) would have at least verified the dogs State location, home address, vet and local county animal control information. That might have been enough information to have at least made someone at the shelter make a few follow up calls.

June 24 2013 at 9:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I refuse to make any financial donations to animal shelters UNLESS there a confirmed and well established NO KILL. I prefer to donate to animal rescue's as rescue shelters will provide medical care, long term safe lodging and if necessary will even find safe foster homes for many animals with special needs.

The individual(s) who were directly responsible for the unjust demise of this dog should not be working at any animal shelter.

June 24 2013 at 9:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I hope the person who did this gets canned. There is no excuse for a mistake like this.

June 24 2013 at 9:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Sorry folks but I have to ask the question about how the dog was left alone during/after the tornado. Let's place the blame where it really belongs, on the shoulders of the people who took originally took the responsibility to care for the dog, and then at some point during or after the tornado, ABANDONED the dog. This person did the right thing and took it to somewhere the dog should have been cared for, and unfortunately someone there made a mistake. All you people who have NEVER made a mistake please feel free to criticize an overworked volunteer. And for the person who claims their death is not humane, go work in a shelter, the animal is literally put to sleep before the lethal injection. No its not a perfect situation, but it beats the animal being out on the streets to be tormented by humans, and starving to death.

June 24 2013 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat Ahumada

There are no consequences for the mistake, which is a mistake in itself. If you have personal that cannot write down the instructions or labels to separate the dogs from the euthanized category, then they should not be there period... Someone should have been fired and that was the intake officer or person who failed out of laziness, being too busy or whatever excuse to do what they were suppose to do. How do you correct this kind of mistake.. Oops! I am sorry, your pet was euthanized, next.. How many mistakes like this have been done repeatedly with no consequences. At the very least, put them on leave without pay for a month and see if they willl remember next time.. Just my opinion..

June 24 2013 at 9:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

disgusting the way these poor animals are killed they are not humanly euthanized they are murdered because our country does not provide for them. This person killed a family pet, I hope they rot in hell.

June 24 2013 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

if i could exchange my life for that dogs..i would. RIP little dog. forgive the ignorant for they know not what they do.

June 24 2013 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No KILL shelters.

June 24 2013 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Too sad to comment...

June 24 2013 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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