Pinal County launched an investigation on Monday, the same day that the dog was euthanized. The dog in question was “Target,” a street dog from Afghanistan who became a lifesaving hero when she thwarted an attack by a suicide bomber. She was later brought to the US by volunteers and private donors to live in San Tan Valley with a soldier’s family.
Last Friday, Target got loose and was later picked up by AC&C and brought to the county’s shelter. The dog was not microchipped or licensed with the county.
Monday morning, Target was mistakenly put down even though she had not been scheduled for euthanasia at the time.
“We are continuing to look into management practices and procedures at Animal Care & Control to ensure that something like this cannot happen again,” said Lisa Garcia, Assistant County Manager for Health & Human Services.