AMARILLO, TX - A humane society volunteer claims a pit bull and her puppies were euthanized while she was still in labor at a Texas shelter.
Dacia Anderson took to Facebook to voice her concerns over what she is calling the "horrific" decision by the Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare officials on May 10. The volunteer said she was helping an Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society employee complete a walk through of the facility when she came across the pregnant pit bull in G7.
"She was friendly, but scared, and jumped up on me for comfort. I looked at her band and noted she had been an owner surrender the previous day," Anderson said in her Facebook post.
According to KAMR, the owners of the pregnant pit bull did not want her because they were afraid of her.
Anderson said she later saw the animal in labor and had given birth to one puppy. She called for help, and shelter staff took over the situation.
When she attempted to enter the G building a bit later, that's when Anderson said she encountered resistance.
"I was told to give them a minute. I could see the AMW staff vet, a few other kennel attendants, and a large, portable metal cage in the building. I immediately knew they were gathering mama from G7. I happened to pass another AMW employee and asked if she was being euthanized. He said that they were probably just moving her to somewhere more quiet, and less stressful."
Richard Havens, director of the shelter, confirmed to KAMR that the puppies were euthanized along with their mother. He said she was put down for violent demeanor and a history of aggressive behavior.
"The owner of the dog in question contacted 911 to state they had a vicious animal that was there's. We responded after hours we took the animal into custody and then the following morning we ended up euthanizing it due to the nature of the call and the behaviors the animal exhibited," said Havens.
Anderson refutes that claim.
"She had no markings on her kennel that she was aggressive whatsoever, so to say she was aggressive to me is putting a spin on something that's a narrative. If she was aggressive she should have been marked at such she should have been in the appropriate facility," said Anderson.
"Her last moments, while she lay dying, were spent still trying to clean her newly birthed puppies. Their words, not mine," Anderson wrote in her Facebook post.
Anderson's post about the incident has been shared thousands of times.