- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho shelter director who told the owners of a euthanized dog that the animal had been adopted has been fired.

The Board of Directors of the West Valley Humane Society in Caldwell fired Jonathan Perry after seeing a TV news segment about the mistake, KIVI-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1LveD3S ).

Board President Brenda Cameron said an investigation into the incident found Perry lied to the family, which she said made her angry.

“It’s very disappointing. It’s very tragic. We have policies and procedures in place that our director and staff were to follow when it comes to a lost animal,” she said. “We do everything we can to reunite that animal with the family.”

The shelter put down Bunny the Boston terrier after the dog suffered what appeared to be seizures or strokes while at the shelter. Bunny went missing Jan. 31. Sheila Combs and her family contacted the shelter, filled out a missing dog report and then later were told Bunny had been adopted.

The shelter had Bunny for a week before the medical conditions caused staff to put the dog down.

Perry was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday and later fired. When asked for a statement, he says he supports the shelter.

“The staff and volunteers do a great job and I will continue to keep supporting them,” he said.

In a statement, the West Valley Humane Society said they are sad and sorry about Bunny’s death.

“We understand that no words can ease the grief the Combs family is experiencing, however, we want to extend our sincerest condolences over this tragic situation.”


Information from: KIVI-TV, https://www.scrippsmedia.com/kivitv

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