I had a similar experience, only 5 weeks ago. There was a dog that has been running free in my neighborhood for a year, and although very friendly, would not trust anyone. Finally, one night, the Humane Society set a trap in my yard, and caught him. The next morning I called them and told them that if they needed someone to work with him and help to calm him down so he'd be able to find a new home, I'd gladly do it for free. I'm an experienced dog trainer and have 2 Certified Therapy dogs.
They told me that they had to keep him for 5 days, to see if his owners would come get him. On the sixth day, I called them to see if he was still there, and they told me that they euthanized him due to his aggressive behaviour.
The only thing wrong with that animal was that he was scared! An hour or two of friendship, would have calmed him down, and he would have made a fantastic pet for someone.
I guess killing an animal was easier than trying to help it have a nice life.
If and employee of the Humane Society gets injured and misses a week of work, perhaps they should be euthanized in order to save some money.
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