FENTON (WJRT) - UPDATE: (06/13/17) - Only on ABC12 News, Genesee County Animal Control is responding after catching heat for euthanizing a dog hours after it was brought in as a possible stray.
Director Paul Wallace talked exclusively with ABC12 News Tuesday afternoon. He says they didn't have a choice but to euthanize the 16-year-old dog named Capone.
"That was mercy for the dog," Wallace said.
The veterinarian on staff says the pitbull mix says Capone was extremely frail with partial paralysis in his hind legs. The nerves in his spine apparently couldn't function, causing excruciating pain.
Wallace says an employee at the facility held the dog when they administered the drug to euthanize him.
The dog's owner says he's angry, but Wallace says they made the best decision for the dog.
In almost all cases, Wallace says they keep cats and dogs that are brought in as possible strays for seven business days. They are then evaluated and adopted out.
(06/12/17) - A Fenton dog owner is devastated after learning his 16 year old dog was put down within hours of arriving at the Genesee County animal shelter.
Capone was a pit bull mix and happy dog who liked to sing to certain songs, howling to the tune.
Capone went missing last Tuesday and was gone for just three hours.
A good samaritan found him and took him to the Genesee County Animal Shelter.
They said they'd hold him for the owner.
But in that short period of time, they euthanized him telling the owner he was screaming in agony.
The guy who found him says that's not true. He adds that if the dog's collar had included a tag with contact information, he would have called the owner directly.