Investigation Underway After Dog Mistakenly Euthanized

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Associated Press Release

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Three workers at a Tampa animal shelter are on paid leave as authorities try to find out how a dog scheduled to be adopted was mistaken euthanized.

The Tampa Bay Times ( ) reports JoJo, a 1-year-old German shepherd, was supposed to go home with a new family in October.

The employees were put on leave last week. They had been previously relieved of duties relating to euthanasia.

The incident has set off a round of criticism, with some animal advocates asking if the three employees are being made scapegoats. Dogma Pet Rescue owner Amy Howland says the workers are "overworked and stressed."

Hillsborough County Animal Services director Ian Hallet says the leave is procedural while the investigation is going on. He says the employees are not being made scapegoats.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),

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