By Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) - A shelter director was placed on unpaid administrative leave after telling the owners of a missing dog that it had been adopted out, not euthanized.

The shelter put down the dog due to what appeared to be seizures or strokes. The board president says it’s unclear why executive director Jonathan Perry lied to the owners, telling them Bunny the Boston terrier was adopted, not euthanized, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported (

One of the owners, Katie Combs, posted on the Press-Tribune Facebook page that Bunny went missing Jan. 31. The family contacted the shelter, filled out a missing dog report and was told those records are checked any time a stray is brought in.

“We went back to West Valley Humane Society on Feb. 9 to search again and (were) told they had not seen the dog,” Combs wrote. “They said the missing reports are checked every time a dog is brought in.”

West Valley Humane Society board president Brenda Cameron said the dog was not claimed and was listed for adoption Feb. 9 before being put down.

“Our vet decided the dog was not adoptable, and she decided to have Bunny put down,” Cameron said.

Perry is on leave while the board investigates.

“He lied to the family’s faces,” Cameron said. “I don’t know why he lied.”

The shelter apologized to the family in a Facebook post.


Information from: Idaho Press-Tribune,

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