our dog was taken for a 10 day hold due to a bite investigation. her 10 days were up on 7/27/13. We called to pick her up on the 29th and were told she needed to have a chip put in. That's fine we would pay but we were not contacted when and if this was done. On Monday 8/5/13 my fiancé went into the pound to get her because no one called like the animal control officer told us and was told that they put her to sleep on the 2nd. No one attempted to contact us to pick her up, before her death or even let us know after, our number is on file. She was family and her death was unnecessary. I don't believe this can possibly be legal I don't know what to do in this case. I think someone should have to answer for their disregard of a life.
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This could potentially be a wrongful death suit. Your main hurdles will be the qualified immunity/privilege of the county and their counter-argument that they would have put the dog to sleep regardless.
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I am very sorry this happened to you. I am assuming this is a government owned facility. In addition to the answer already provided, I would suggest that you contact everyone from your alderman to the city manager and the mayor, and maybe a couple of newspapers and television stations. At the very least, maybe you can make sure this does not happen to someone else.
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I am very sorry for the loss of your companion, Contrary to what has been said, yours is not a wrongful death action as this cause of action applies only to human beings. As a dog person and rescuer, I hate it that dogs are considered chattel (property) and therefore have few rights but that is the state of the law. You need to do as suggested and contact local authorities as well as possibly local media so this mistake is never made again. It would probably not be worth your time and money to pursue legal action against animal control. No other dog can replace your lost one but hopefully you will find room in your heart and home to take in another furkid some day soon. Again, I am very sorry for your loss.
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