Animal services

Sugar Land animal services workers have been fired after 38 cats and dogs were improperly euthanized at an animal shelter since April, the city says

SUGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) — Some disturbing allegations about the Sugar Land animal services shelter came to light on Friday after dozens of animals were improperly euthanized.

The city of Sugar Land said it launched an investigation after learning of unauthorized euthanasia at its animal shelter.

“We are (upset),” said Doug Adolph, spokesman for the town of Sugar Land.

“It was a breach of public trust. Our first reaction when we found out that animals had been euthanized at our facility was shock, which quickly turned into disappointment. increased, it turned into anger, bordering on rage,” he said.

At least 38 dogs and cats have reportedly been euthanized since April without proper authorization. Employees involved in the investigation claimed the animals were aggressive or had been medically diagnosed.

“The animals had to have been sent to a veterinarian for consultation, and we also need a behaviorist to assess the animal,” Adolph said.

None of these things happened.

According to the city, veterinarians are supposed to perform a full evaluation to determine if euthanasia is medically necessary and if so, it should be done under direct supervision.

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If animals were to be euthanized for behavioral issues, it should be discussed with a certified behaviorist, but those protocols were not followed, according to the city.

“They knew what they were doing was wrong, and they did it anyway,” Adolph said.

The city said five animal services employees were laid off and the shelter manager resigned before he was fired.

In a statement, the City of Sugar Land said it “will continue to work to implement any training and protocols necessary to ensure this never happens again.”

The city said it will temporarily reassign employees from other offices and departments to help out the remaining animal services employees until others are hired.

The city has confirmed that services at the animal shelter are not expected to change.

“We will review the training protocols and procedures in place so that everyone understands that what happened was wrong and will never happen again,” Adolph said.

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