A family dog was euthanized by accident at an Illinois animal center. Now the couple that owned the dog are looking to sue the county, but are reportedly having trouble finding a lawyer to take their case.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. The Wangs Were Ordered to Take Their Dog to an Animal Control Center After He Bit Someone
A local couple is in shock after they received some unexpected news: their dog was accidentally euthanized. @DDillardTV will have the full story at 10 p.m. https://t.co/QUqmnEv26W
— WMBD News (@WMBDNews) August 10, 2018
Tony Wang and his wife Jennifer say their dog, Moses, bit a maintenance worker who showed up unannounced in their backyard. They were ordered to take Moses to Tazewell County Animal Control for observation. Jennifer said in an interview with CBS affiliate WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois, “They said that they would like to keep him for 10 days under quarantine to make sure that everything was safe with him.”
This is typical in Illinois. The law states that if an animal bites someone, the dog must be supervised at an animal control site “for at least 10 days so that it can be watched for signs of rabies.”
2. The Dog Was Euthanized by an Animal Control Worker Who Did Not Verify the Dog’s Identity
VIDEO: Couple heartbroken after their dog wrongly euthanized https://t.co/wufrIZTng7 pic.twitter.com/6iI1G9m94q
— 8News WRIC Richmond (@8NEWS) August 10, 2018
Tony Wang says he got a phone call from Tazewell County Animal Control just one day after they dropped off Moses. An employee had reportedly confused Moses with another dog. That worker apparently did not wait to verify that he had the correct dog in front of him. Instead, the employee chose to just go ahead and put Moses down.
Animal Control issued a statement to WMBD, acknowledging the mistake. It read in part:
“Tazewell County truly regrets this error. Tazewell County will be reviewing policies and procedures to prevent any such occurrence from happening in the future.”
Of course, that is little consolation to Tony and Jennifer Wang.
3. Under Illinois Law, There Are Multiple Steps Before a Dog Is Euthanized
So #tazewellcountyanimalcontrol accidentally euthanized the wrong dog. How careless. Please pray for the family whose dog was illegally and inhumanely killed. #justiceformoses #attorneyspleasetakethiscase #centralillinois
— Amy Strapp (@Strappa1) August 10, 2018
Pet owners can be sued in both criminal or civil courts if their animal bites another person. According to Illinois law, a person is held liable when the animal is in their care, whether they actually own the animal or not. A bite victim only needs to prove that he or she did not provoke the dog and that the attack resulted in an injury in order to recover damages.
Dogs that bite someone are not supposed to be immediately put down. As referenced above in the case of the Wangs dog Moses, there is …read more