The volunteer maintains that it was the shelter’s decision to put down the dog, not her own. She actually told several other shelter employees that the dog was pregnant, while it was still alive. They promised to give her a whelping box.
“They acknowledged and took control of the situation,” the volunteer wrote. “I then saw an AAMW kennel attendant assembling a whelping box and assumed it was being handled. A bit later, I heard that a message had been sent stating G7 was euthanized. She was in labor and euthanized. An AMW employee later confirmed that it was indeed the same dog.
“Her last moments, while she lay dying, were spent still trying to clean her newly birthed puppies. Their words, not mine.”
This volunteer is not alone in her frustration. The dog’s death was also brought up in an Amarillo City Council meeting held on June 6.
“You can not euthanize your way to eliminate specific animal breeds. We need fines in place for people who do not choose to spay or neuter,” said one Amarillo resident.