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Dog Euthanized Just Hours After He Goes Missing From Yard

October 06, 2016

Handicapped pet beagle Lefty was put to sleep just hours after he went missing from his yard

A pet beagle was euthanized at an animal shelter just hours after he wandered outside his yard in Lakeland, Florida.

Kristi Durham always had sympathy for special needs animals and rescued “Lefty” when she found him in a shelter three years ago. Lefty was sight and hearing impaired and struggled further from a past head injury.

Last Thursday, Lefty wandered outside of his new yard. On Friday, Kristi Durham and her husband found out that Lefty had been euthanized by Polk County animal services.

Polk County animal services found Lefty and scanned his microchip. Unfortunately, the Durham’s had recently moved and did not yet update Lefty’s microchip information. A vet at the animal services facility reviewed Lefty’s physical impairments and ultimately made the decision to put him down.

"It was just the perfect storm, and it's very sad. We feel terrible for this pet owner,” said Carrie Horstman, public information officer with the Polk Co. Sheriff's Office.

For all dog owners who are terrified and saddened by Lefty's story, take these precautions to prevent a similar situation:

  • Immediately call and visit all local animal shelters to see if your pet is there and inform them that your pup is missing
  • Microchip your pet and always keep his information updated. Most veterinarians provide microchip services, and some rescue organizations do it for a discount
  • Whether your pup is microchipped or not, always keep an ID tag on his collar or harness. If your pet is prone to wandering, keep his collar and ID  on him at all times, even when he is home

ABC News Action originally reported this story.





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