CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - UPDATE: The investigation by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture revealed that the Anson County Animal Shelter violated the NC Animal Welfare Act when they euthanized 4-month-old puppy Shayla.
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An investigation has been launched into the death of a 4-month-old puppy that was mistakenly euthanized at the Anson County Animal Shelter last week, officials said.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture (NCAGR) confirms that the department's Animal Welfare section is aware of the incident involving the puppy, Shayla, and that they are investigating.
Questions and major concerns surround the death of Shayla. The Charlotte SPCA says Shayla and her siblings were surrendered on Friday and that one of the puppy's siblings bit a kennel worker. They say Shayla was misidentified for her sibling, a decision that ultimately led to her being euthanized.
Animal advocates are now calling for people to take action and contact officials in Anson County.
A Change.org petition has been filed, calling for the the County Manager to be fired. As of Thursday night, the petition needed less than 3,000 signatures to reach its 35,000 goal.