The veteran claims that the help animal was incorrectly killed at Henry Co

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) – A veteran claims that his help animal was killed at a shelter in Henry County whereas on trip.

For Leon Washington, Rocko, his canine for 2 years, was greater than a pet. He was household. The American Bully breed was additionally a help animal for Washington, which resides with post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) from its time within the US Marine Corps.

“It has been actually exhausting man, like, actually exhausting,” Washington stated. “He relaxed me. Folks present love a method. Canines present love one other method, and killing a canine due to the breed is pointless.”

Washington stated Rocko ran from their house in Ellenwood sooner or later earlier than the household was to go to Hawaii. Once they landed on June 7, Washington acquired a message from the corporate that microchipped Rocko, that somebody had launched the canine on the Henry County Animal Shelter.

Washington stated he referred to as the shelter and an worker instructed him that Rocko may keep on the shelter till he returned from trip. Nevertheless, there could be a each day charge of $ 5.

“I stated, ‘Are you certain he’ll be advantageous till I get again,'” Washington remembers. “She stated sure.’ I stated, ‘Are you certain he’ll be advantageous till I get again?’ She stated, “Sure, simply be sure you are available in while you get again.”

When Washington went to choose up Rocko on Wednesday, he was instructed that the guard had killed the canine the day earlier than. Washington stated employees instructed him “some” untrained breeds are being killed after 4 days on the shelter, excluding Sundays and county holidays.

“The one factor they will say to me is, ‘I am sorry,’ Washington stated. ‘It doesn’t get him again. That was my pal. ”

Henry County Animal Care and Management is a division of the Henry County Police Division. In an e-mail to CBS46, a spokesman confirmed {that a} citizen turned Rocko into safety on June 7. The spokesman stated a number of makes an attempt had been made to contact Washington with out success.

“On 6/14/2022, Henry County Animal Care and Management’s insurance policies / procedures had been adopted, ensuing within the killing of the canine,” he added.

Henry County has a regulation that claims if an animal is just not taken again by its proprietor inside 4 days, it’s handed over to animal management and may be “instantly adopted, destroyed or in any other case discarded.”

“Killing these canines like that man is just not cool,” Washington stated. “It isn’t cool in any respect. There needs to be one other method. There needs to be one other method.”

Washington stated he didn’t obtain any extra calls from the shelter. He warned animal lovers who could encounter a strolling canine to make sure that the safety they launch the animal to is a safety with out killing. He stated that if he knew that Rocko was liable to being killed, he would have accomplished every thing in his energy for somebody to choose him up.

“Attempt to discover a humane society, shelter with out an property or something to take these animals to for in Henry County, if you happen to take them to their shelter and nobody claims them inside their time-frame, they may kill them,” Washington added.

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