In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Amarillo resident Miranda Harper claimed the Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare euthanized her dog, Gordy, the same day she was supposed to pick him up.
In the past 24 hours, her post has been shared more than 1,200 times.
The city held a press conference today to address the situation.
Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare did not shy away from Harper’s claims. The city fully admits that euthanizing Gordy was a mistake, it should not have happened, and they could not be sorrier for the tragic error.
In a release, the city said Gordy was picked up on Thursday, Oct. 4, and was being held for a 10 day quarantine period for reportedly biting a mail carrier.
Harper contacted the city to reclaim Gordy, and despite internal emails saying not to euthanize Gordy, he was euthanized.
Again the City of Amarillo is taking full responsibility for what happened and wants to do anything it can to make things right.
“We are going to absolutely apply all appropriate disciplinary measures, but we first need to understand exactly what happened, and I don’t expect that to take a long time. I mean, we will be able to put this together very quickly, so we’ll evaluate all personnel remedies,” said City Manager Jared Miller. “We will do everything in our power to help them as they deal with this terrible loss, that’s a very hollow statement though. If there is anything we can do to help her we will, well it’s a family.”
We did reach out to Harper but she was not ready to comment at this time.
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