LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A dog rescued from the streets of southwest Florida is put down by Lee County Domestic Animal Services (DAS), even though a woman says she had already found him a temporary home.
Cape resident Sharon Arnold opened up to FOX 4 about the tears and loss she feels over the death of a rottweiler she found wondering in the neighborhood.
"That's the biggest part of this," said Arnold. "He was not given the chance."
The chance to be adopted, she says, because DAS euthanized the 3-year-old dog on Wednesday, even though she wanted to rescue him.
"I had the dog at my home with my 6-year-old and my 3-year-old," said Arnold. "He was amazing. My kids were in the pool and he was watching then like a hawk."
Arnold says it was last Monday when she saw the dog walking along SW 26th St in Cape Coral. She noticed that he was wearing a collar and that when she approached him he was quiet and friendly.
But Arnold had DAS pick up the dog in case his owner tried to find him. Meanwhile, she arranged for a rescue group to take him but it was too late.
"They told us we had until Saturday without any notice they put him to sleep," said Arnold.
I reached out to DAS. In an e-mail, a spokeswoman said the dog wasn't adoptable. She says the dog was put down due to serious behavior and health issues.
But Arnold isn't buying it. "From the moment that he went into that shelter, it was like he already had a stigma attached to him because he's a rottweiler," said Arnold.
Its why Arnold worked so hard to find him a place to call home.
DAS says it places all adoptable animals in shelter and rescues. But Arnold says she knows this dog could have made it