TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Hillsborough County Animal Services accidentally euthanized a dog that was set to be adopted.

A 1-year-old German shepherd named Jo Jo was set to be picked up by his new family this past Tuesday, but was instead euthanized.

“Despite newly developed animal care policies and procedures and comprehensive staff training, a combination of human errors may have been the cause of JoJo’s euthanization. This loss is regrettable and demands action,” Hillsborough County Animal Services posted on its Facebook page. “Consequently, this has been referred to Hillsborough County Human Resources for investigation and disciplinary action up to and including termination.”

This is not the first time something like this has happened. Ian Hallet, the county’s animal services director, told WTVT-TV that this has happened before due to the large numbers — approximately 20,000 – that come through the doors every year.

Crystal Mews, who has been trying to adopt through the county’s animal services, claims she was cursed at by staff over the phone.

“I was told they were tired of my crap,” Mews told WTSP-TV. “That she was just a volunteer and doesn’t get paid; that they take in 900 dogs a year, and that there were plenty of other animals to adopt.”

The staff responsible for Jo Jo’s death have been relieved of any duties relating to the euthanization of any animals pending investigation results.


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