WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A group of volunteers and animal advocates voiced concern at the Trumbull County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday about a failed euthanasia attempt on a dog at the Trumbull County Dog Pound last week.
The dog named Brownie was adopted in November but brought back to be put down on Friday after it attacked two small animals.
An employee at the pound injected the dog in its muscle instead of its vein. Dog Warden Gwen Logan said the employee made a mistake and felt bad about it, so that employee brought the dog to a vet where it was revived.
“This was a mistake on his part, he forgot the procedure,” she said.
But animal advocates were outraged at the treatment of the dog.
“This medication is not to be injected into a muscle, it is very painful. It’s inhumane,” said Diane King of Animal Pawtectors.
“In 20 some years, I can tell you that I have never forgot how to give that drug. That should be something used with the utmost reverence,” said Katie Costello of The Learning Dog. “This is ridiculous that this has been allowed to go on at all.”
James Keating, director of Human Resources for the county, said it is important to note that the dog did not die.
“I said, ‘Stop it right now, get that dog to Dr. Singh,’ which they did,” Keating said. “It is true as we speak, the dog is alive… it was an apologetic thing.”
Animal advocates have been meeting with Keating and Logan for three months and say that even before Brownie’s failed euthanasia attempt, they agreed not to do it this way.
“The people in the meeting were ensured that a new policy was put into place that no dog would ever be euthanized improperly again,” King said. “This happened again just last week.”
King said the agreement was that the drugs would not be injected into the muscle again.
“Any dog being euthanized, that if they cannot hit a vein, will be taken to a vet. They’ll be sedated and euthanized properly,” King said.
“It’s not pretty to put animals down. I have to be honest with you, it isn’t pretty and we do the best we can,” Logan said.
Brownie has been at the vet since this happened and will be heading to the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter on Thursday.