Mother dog killed at animal services two days after giving birth

Animal advocates in Eugene, Oregon are asking why a mother dog was separated from her puppies shortly after they were born and then killed shortly afterward. No Kill Lane County contacted Seattle Pets Examiner with this concerning story today, stating that there are more questions than answers in this case.

The organization stated that one of the puppies was stillborn, but the other puppy, who was alive and healthy at the time of his birth, was removed and taken to a "foster;" the mother dog was killed shortly afterward.

No Kill Lane County posted on its Facebook page today that the mother dog was killed for being "a hazard" only two days after she gave birth. A representative from the organization asked: "So, did the puppy get its colostrom from Mom? Or is the puppy now going to be yet another tragic death...?"

Jan Bohman with Eugene Animal Control stated that the mother dog who was killed was a "stray, adult female boxer" and that "Animal Services learned of this dog when [they] received a report on December 15 that the dog broke through its fence to attack a man from behind as he was walking." The dog reportedly also bit a 14-year-old girl. According to Animal Services, the mother dog was classified as "dangerous" due to her behavior.

Bohman stated: "Animal Services will not adopt out a dog classified as a dangerous dog. A dangerous dog will only be released to its owner. Since this was a stray, we put a stray hold on the dog to allow time to find the owner. After searching, we were unable to locate the owner. The dog had a still-born puppy and a live puppy, which has been placed in foster care. This is so that it can safely receive medical care, to protect it from diseases, and prevent it from learning the aggressive behavior of the mother."

No Kill Lane County pointed out discrepancies in this case, noting that the dog was actually taken in on Nov. 20. The organization stated: "The dog was left with a community member for one month, incarcerated on Dec. 19, and all of the sudden they claim she's a public safety hazard?"

Bohman added: "Our responsibility is to protect and serve the entire community. In this situation, the dog posed too much risk to adopt out or release to a rescue. For this reason the dog was euthanized."

So why was this dog determined to be a "hazard" one month after she was taken in, and why is Animal Services claiming that they only learned about her on Dec. 19? Were any behavioral assessments done on this dog, or was her pregnancy taken into consideration for her possible behavioral issues?

According to No Kill Lane County, both a private adopter and a rescue organization were willing to step up and help this mother dog. Sadly, this dog will never know a loving home - and many of these questions may remain unanswered, as well.

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