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Fitchburg Animal Shelter takes blame for euthanizing pit bull

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FITCHBURG, Mass. (WHDH) - A Fitchburg woman says her perfectly health pit bull mix would still be alive if an animal shelter manager and animal control officer hadn’t gone rogue.

Maghan Moynahan said when her dog Capone got loose she tried to contact Fitchburg Animal Control to retrieve him, but Capone had been brought to the Fitchburg Animal Shelter where he was euthanized.

“I'm sorry. I’m sorry Animal Control did not check messages. I’m sorry. I don't kill animals,” shelter manager Amy Egeland said.

A new report out from the state says Egeland and the Animal Control officer are to blame for Capone’s death because they put him down in two days instead of waiting the mandatory seven days.

“I had a plea for help, 'move him or he needs to be euthanized. Something needs to be done to this dog, I can't contain him here,'” Egeland said.

Egeland says the dog was vicious, but her owner disagrees.

“If you guys really wanted to put him to sleep so bad why didn’t anyone check voicemails,” Moynahan said.

Since the April incident the Fitchburg Animal Shelter has been shutdown, which Egeland says only hurts the city.

“I have a 95 percent save rate. We lost 13 dogs in 2013. I know every one of them, I was with everyone one of them. I don't kill animals,” Egeland said.

The main Animal Control Officer was out sick and while the replacement had contact with the main officer, they did not check her voicemails.
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