City Releases Information on Pitbull Euthanized Wednesday 1/9/14
CBS 7 News
January 9, 2014
ODESSA-David Halbaedier and his roommates were devastated after learning their pitbull "FatBoy" was put down by the Odessa Animal Control Shelter Wednesday morning.
Halbaedier says he went to the shelter on Tuesday, saw his dog, and was unable to retrieve him without shot records. Halbaedier says he left the shelter late Tuesday and returned Wednesday morning to pick up FatBoy.
That's when he says the shelter told him the dog was put down.
"You can't take it back, no amount of money can make it better, it can't be replaced, it just sucks," Halbaedier.
OPD confirmed that the dog was put down Wednesday morning because he was sick. Today, they released more details.
"On 1-6-14 at approximately 1401 hours, Odessa Animal Control officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Golder in reference to a Black Pit Bull that had been chasing children thru the neighborhood. Animal Control officers later located the said dog in the area of 12th and Alleghaney. The pit bull was running loose and did not have a tag or collar on it. The pit bull was brought back to the animal shelter later that evening. It was discovered that this was the second time the pit bull had been brought to the animal shelter for running loose," OPD said of the incident.
"On 1-7-14 at approximately 1700 hours, a male subject came into the shelter and reported that his dog was possibly there. The male subject did not leave any information, including his name or address and advised he would be coming back. The male subject never returned that evening."
"On 1-8-14 in the morning hours, the said pit bull was determined to be sick. To prevent any further diseases from spreading, the said pit bull was euthanized per policy."
OPD says an investigation is currently ongoing.
Halbaedier did say his dog had gotten loose and been picked up by OPD in the past.
A group of Odessans have posted on our Facebook page about a candlelight vigil scheduled for the dog tomorrow. OPD has not been able to confirm with CBS 7 whether the vigil has been approved.