An Indiana woman was devastated to learn that her beloved dog was killed at the city’s shelter because staff failed to scan him for a microchip. Jesslyn Edwards’ young German shepherd had an AKC Reunite microchip, but nobody scanned him and the dog was killed just two days after he was taken in at the Salem city shelter.
Edwards recounted the horrible situation in a public Facebook post, writing:
Through word of mouth, I found out he had been turned into the Salem Animal Shelter, in Salem, IN. The shelter admitted to me that they neglected to scan him for a microchip and they euthanized him 2 days after he arrived. 😭😭😭 I am crushed. He wasn’t even 3 years old.
Edwards heartbreak increased when someone at the shelter told her that it took three people to hold the dog down when he was being euthanized. Edwards reached out to the city mayor to let him know what happened, she writes:
I am so upset they did not scan for a chip. It’s a small town. I called their mayor because I had questions about their policies. Their mayor left me a voicemail that said, “it’s unfortunate you felt you had some kind of connection to the animal, but we feel as though we did everything correct and at this time we are moving forward.”
Edwards made sure that her dog had the gold-standard of identification to ensure that he would be reunited with her, but it didn’t matter in the end. She writes of her frustration:
if we are being cited for not having a microchip in our pets, why is ok for this shelter not to even scan for a chip? I’m sure my poor baby was the first of many for this to happen to and my heart just aches for any animal who went through this facilities doors.
Rest in peace.