Woman tries to adopt dog but it’s put to sleep instead

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WICHITA, Kansas — Amy Saker says she found a small dog in the possession of Wichita’s animal control. A tiny Chihuahua.

“And I just saw him and wanted him really bad,” says Amy. “I was just like that’s my dog. It’s not really convenient but that’s my dog. I needed to go get him. ”

So she tried. Amy says she put in a request with the Humane Society to have a “hold” put on the dog so it would not be put to sleep.

“I wanted it,” explains Amy. “I wanted to give it a home. I wanted to give it a safe, loving home. It was a healthy animal.”

But the animal was put to sleep while in possession of animal control.

“It was picked up as a stray rabies suspect. Had bitten a lady that tried to pick it up,” says Dennis Graves with animal control. “This dog we held in full quarantine for 14 days.”

But while animal control says the dog was deemed healthy, there was no hold placed on the dog that his office was aware of.

“And I’m really just, I don’t want to point fingers of blame,” says Saker .”I don’t want to say these people messed up. Or these people did this. I want to know how I as an individual can make the system better.”

KSN asked the Kansas Humane Society what happened.

“We have systems in place and work with rescue groups to put animals on hold,” says Jennifer Campbell, Kansas Humane Society. “If this is something that did not go well, we would be happy to look into and review our process to ensure our customers have the best possible experience.”

Amy says she hopes that happens, but remains saddened the dog was lost.

“I wanted to give it a home. I wanted to give it a safe, loving home.”


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