Animal Lovers Outraged By Quick Killing of 8-Month-Old Dog at Florida Shelter

Written by: Phil Monahan

A truly awful story from Florida begins with an animal shelter in Hernando County that euthanized a healthy, 8-month-old puppy just 45 minutes after it had been dropped off. Unfortunately, some dog lovers have gone overboard in their reaction, calling in death threats to shelter employees. The more rational protesters showed up for a county commissioner’s meeting to voice their disgust. As a result, County Administrator Ron Pianta announced today that he is launching an independent audit to find out how this tragedy occurred and how it can be prevented in the future.

According to, the dog, Zeus, had been found on the street several months ago by Alexandria Lancaster and her roommate. They took the puppy in and nursed him back to help, but they decided last week that, unfortunately, they simply could not afford to keep a pet. They reluctantly brought Zeus to the Hernando County Animal Shelter on a Friday afternoon, where he was euthanized less than an hour after he arrived. This terrible situation exemplifies the need for the kinds of no-kill policies we posted about yesterday.

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A shelter volunteer snapped this photo of Zeus just after he was dropped off.

photo via Tampa Bay Times

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