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Sugar Land: Kittens accidentally euthanized at animal shelter

by staff

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 16 at 5:10 PM

SUGAR LAND, Texas—The City of Sugar Land apologized to a resident after two stray kittens were accidentally euthanized at the city animal shelter.

A city spokesman said the feralcats were brought to Sugar Land Animal Services on July 7 by a woman who’d been feeding them at her home.

City policy requires that all animals brought to the shelter must be held for at least 72 hours before they are euthanized. Most are held much longer.

When animals cannot be adopted, standard procedure is for the shelter to contact the person who dropped the animals off, to give them a chance to retrieve them.

But the two kittens were euthanized shortly after they arrived at the shelter.

The city spokesman said administrative action will be taken against the responsible employee, and policy and procedure will be reviewed with all shelter staff.

After the incident, officials met with the woman to apologize.

The city spokesman said she accepted the apology.