PEORIA, Illinois (Meredith) — A couple from Peoria, Illinois is searching for answers after an animal control center admitted one of its employees mistakenly euthanized their dog.
A few weeks ago, a city maintenance worker came into Tony Wang's backyard unannounced. Wang's dog Moses was in the backyard and bit the maintenance worker. Wang told WMBD his dog thought the man was an intruder, but that Moses was not a vicious dog.
Wang and his wife Jennifer were ordered to take Moses to the Tazewell County Animal Control. The center said they needed to keep Moses quarantined for 10 days to make sure he did not have rabies or other diseases.
Thursday morning, the Wangs received a call from the animal control center saying that an employee had accidentally euthanized Moses because he had confused Moses for another dog.
The news left the Wangs devastated and confused.
"I asked [the worker] again, could you have verified with somebody? And he said he didn't want to verify, he just went ahead and did it," Tony told WMBD while fighting tears.
The Wangs rushed to the animal control center and found Moses' body lifeless.
"[Moses] deserved to be with his family to see us. We wanted us to be the last face that he saw before he passed away, not some stranger who was poking him with a stick," Jennifer told WMBD.
Reporters with WMBD reached out to the animal control center and were told the organization regrets the error and plans to review all policies to ensure this mistake does not happen again.
Tony and Jennifer are now trying to figure out what next steps they will take.
Peoria is located in central Illinois, about halfway between St. Louis and Chicago.
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