Mix-Up Leads To Dog's Euthanization, To Surprise Of Owner

A valley dog owner claims her dog was euthanized because of a mix-up. However Animal Care and Control says that's not the case. So who's right?

A valley dog owner claims her dog was euthanized because of a mix-up. However Animal Care and Control says that's not the case. So who's right?

The owner of the dog says Animal Care and Control seized the dog after it bit a neighbor and was going to neuter her pet -- and she'd pick it up.

The agency says there's a deadline for picking up your dog or it's euthanized, and she did not show up: it's tragic, but her fault.

This is Maverick, a 3-year-old 100-pound Rottweiler.

Tiffany Macbay's dog was never neutered and was behind in his rabies shots.

"As far as him behind on his shots it was just too much for the vet to pay for the visit. I get money once a month, feed my kids, pay my bills, put gas in the car."

Maverick escaped from Tiffany's back yard and bit the man next door.

Animal Care and Control took Maverick away. Tiffany says they told her they would neuter Maverick, but they euthanized him instead.

"I said 'you killed my dog you had no right to do that, who are you to do that, I was going to pick him up today not for you to kill him!'"

Animal Care and Control says the story told to us by the dog's owner is simply not true.

"The owner had many choices that could have prevented this animal from dying but those choices were not made. She had to contact us on June 2nd or prior to that and did not do so," says Rodrigo Silva from MCACC.

Tiffany says she wants an apology and intends to protest in front of Animal Care and Control.

Animal Care and Control says people should follow the rules, spay and neuter, and keep your dog's shots up to date -- and keep your animals under control.