Investigate Euthanasia of Docile Dog

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Target: Toronto Animal Services Manager, Elizabeth Glibbery

Goal: Investigate the decision to euthanize a dog who was reportedly calm and well behaved and had two potential adopters.

A Rottweiler nicknamed Sewell was put down by Toronto Animal Services after allegedly failing to pass a behavior assessment, despite the dog having reportedly shown no signs of aggression with the veterinary assistant who found him. Sarah Castorina, who found the dog and brought him to the shelter, has stated that the dog exhibited no signs of behavioral issues and was “loveable” and “sweet as can be” during the 24 hours she had him.

She brought him to the shelter for him to be found by his owners if lost, but volunteered to adopt him after his five-day holding period was up. Another potential adopter also showed interest in Sewell. However, when Castorina called to check up on the dog she was told he had been put down for failing his behavioral test. This doesn’t fit with Castorina’s report of the dog’s sweet nature and videos she took showing him lovingly licking her hand.

It is too late to bring Sewell back, but better management practices and transparency on the part of the Toronto Animal Services are necessary to ensure this unfortunate incident does not occur again. Demand that the Toronto Animal Services closely investigate this incident to ensure that no more well behaved dogs with potential adopters are euthanized.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mrs. Glibbery,

Your shelter recently euthanized a young Rottweiler nicknamed Sewell, despite the dog being reportedly well behaved and having two potential adopters. According to Sarah Castorina, who found Sewell, the dog was “loveable” and showed no signs of aggression.

Castorina had offered to adopt him after his holding period was up but was shocked to hear the dog had been euthanized for behavioral issues. This assessment doesn’t fit with Castorina’s own impression of the dog’s sweet nature and videos she took of Sewell appearing to be calm and affectionate.

While the decision to euthanize animals is no doubt complex, it seems that this particular verdict was made rashly and cost an adoptable animal his life. We demand a proper investigation into this matter to ensure this unfortunate incident does not occur again.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Sarah Castorina

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9 Comments

  1. michael guest says:

    This is wrong. What a bad thing to do. Blame it on that Service. A dog that has no problems shouldn’t be put down. That place did the wrong decision. Makes me disappointed and upset. This was unfair and unacceptable. Don’t ever put down dogs prior to be potentially adopted again.

  2. Marcio Alvarez says:

    Find all responsible and kill them just casually as they do to innocent animals. Sedatives are OPTIONAL.

  3. THESE PEOPLE ARE “EUTHANASIA” HAPPY.

  4. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    The murderers of this beautiful dog should be sent to jail for life. What a bunch of despicable monster. They are a menace for the rest of the animals in the “shelter”.

  5. THIS IS INEXCUSABLE AND THOSE RESPONSIBLE MUST BE PUNISHED. I HOPE THE TWO POTENTIAL ADOPTERS GET LEGAL ADVISE TO SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE TO GET JUSTICE FOR THIS DOG.

    A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION AND SEVERE PUNISHMENT MUST BE DONE!!!!THE COUNTRY IS WATCHING ……THIS IS DEPLORABLE!!

  6. Tony DeLia Tony DeLia says:

    In most cases where this happens more than once it is a sign of an uncaring / callous / lazy “leadership” and the complaints / calls for action must be directed towards those who are responsible for answering directly to the public, not the “leadership” itself as there will almost certainly be no epiphany or “seeing the light” on the part of the directly responsible parties.

  7. maria kakalioura says:

    I wouldn’t have liked it if someone made a hasty decision that would cost my life and you wouldn’t have liked that either….so, why should Sewell?

  8. It’s so sad for this dog, he deserved a second chance!
    R.I.P Sewell like so many dogs and cats, pets in these shelters of death.

  9. A waste!! Uncalled for!! WE ARE NOW IN THE MODERN ERA AND ANIMAL ABUSE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!

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