KENDALL, Ill., July 30 (UPI) — Chicago-area animal control facility officials acknowledge they euthanized the wrong dog, and then adopted out the dangerous dog that has bitten three people.
An animal control facility official has been put on administrative leave after admitting Friday she knew about the matter weeks ago, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday.
The troublesome dog, a bull Mastiff, was brought to the Kendall County Animal Control shelter after biting a postal worker in May, and then bit a young boy while in the shelter July 3, the newspaper said.
The dog was scheduled to be euthanized shortly after the July 3 incident. Animal control and Kendall County officials had been telling the public that the dangerous dog had been put down.
The mix-up came to light at a meeting of members of the Kendall County Board’s Animal Control Committee on Friday morning. There, Erik Devick, a Plano, Ill., resident and animal rescue group participant, insisted that the dog was still alive and was adopted out to a family in Holiday Lake, Ill.
In reply to the accusation, Christine Johnson, administrator of Kendall County’s Animal Control facility, admitted workers put down a different bull Mastiff that “had issues.”
“He’s alive,” Johnson said. “I made a mistake. The dog I put down, I thought was the one.”
When asked how long she had known about the mistake, Johnson answered that she found out about a week after the wrong dog was euthanized, the newspaper said.
Johnson was put on administrative leave Friday after the meeting.