Woman claims CAA put down dogs without notice

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The orders strictly said "Do not euthanize" four specific dogs, but some were still put down. Why?

The Companion Animal Alliance Executive Director Beth Brewster in Baton Rouge said they followed protocol.

"Paul (Granger) was my best friend. He was everything to me in my life, and these dogs meant everything to him," said Kelly Pabst.

Daisy, Racer, Monster and Greenie are four dogs Pabst says Granger raised as his children since he didn't have any of his own, but after he died just a few weeks ago, Animal Control Director Hilton Cole said they got out.

"They escaped the yard and citizens were complaining of the animals running at large," said Cole.

Animal Control picked up the four dogs and placed them with the CAA on May 13th. Pabst claims she went to get the dogs back the day of Paul's funeral, May 17th.

"I said before you do anything to them, do I need to get them out now? (They said) we have to make sure they're adoptable. They assured me they're highly adoptable and said shouldn't have no trouble finding a home," said Pabst.

On top of that, there were orders from Animal Control that said "Do not euthanize." Pabst said she spent the next few days and weeks calling and trying to claim the dogs.

Meanwhile, Brewster said their calls to Pabst went unanswered, calls Pabst said she never received.

After two weeks of the dogs staying at CAA, Brewster said Animal Control lifted their orders not to euthanize on May 28th, and three of the four dogs were put down May 29th.

"The time period that we held the dogs, we took in over 560 animals, so you can see our dilemma. We held the dogs over two weeks," said Brewster.

Brewster added the three that were put down, were not adoptable, aggressive and old. But these documents show the dogs as being normal, nervous and even called one friendly.

Two days later, Pabst found out Greenie was the only one left.

"I was worried that they were going to kill the remaining one before I got here that's why I rushed up here," said Pabst.

She said its bittersweet taking her home and that cost her $80, but Brewster called it an incredible deal.

"The bill would have been over $1,500 for the four dogs. Just for her dog, it would have been over $500 with all the animal control fees and boarding charges," said Brewster.

"I just thought it was a cheapshot. Here we killed three of your dogs. Pay us for this one," said Pabst.

CAA added Granger's next of kin signed over the four dogs to them but Pabst said Granger had not spoken to that relative in years.

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