Family Devastated After Dog Mistakenly Euthanized

Life With Dogs is reader-supported. We may earn a small commission through products purchased using links on this page.

A family in Chandler, Arizona is heartbroken after their dog, Boxy, was mistakingly euthanized.

Roberto and Tina Jaimes stated that their dog, Boxy, had pushed through an open gate and escaped from their yard.

The dogs freedom didn’t last long, when the 8-year old shephard mix was picked up by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control officers.

Distressed over losing the dog, the family was excited to find out their dog was, in what they thought, a safe place.

When Tina went to go and pick up the dog on Tuesday, she was informed by the shelter staff that she was not able to pay the $237 release fee by check, as her name was not on the check.

Roberto stated he told the workers at the shelter, “We don’t have the cash at the moment, so I said I am going to pay any expenses by Thursday or Friday, so we’ll come back for the dog.”

Roberto returned to the shelter on Wednesday, but the facility had already closed.

The family went again on Friday to pick Boxy up, but by then it was too late. The shelter had already euthanized the dog.

“We went there twice. We claimed him, and still they ignored us as if they didn’t care about the dogs,” Tina Jaimes said.

Dog euthanized 20120808161113 320 240
The Jaimes family is devastated at the loss of their dog, Boxy.

The family is devastated at the loss of their beloved Boxy.

“We can’t imagine life without our dog. We’ve had him ever since we were little, and then for us to have him taken away unfairly, that’s just something we don’t want,” she said.

The Animal Control center confirmed that Tina had been at the shelter on Tuesday, but states that no further contact with the family was made. They stated that it is their policy to only hold dogs for a maximum of three short days.

Roberto states that he had no idea they would put Boxy down, especially since the family had been in contact with the shelter.

Roberto’s advice for families who have lost their dog is to find them right away, especially if they end up being placed in a shelter.