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Lost dog euthanized at Pittsburg pound

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LONGVIEW (KLTV)- An East Texas family is furious after their missing dog was put down just 30 minutes before they could pick her up at a city pound.

The ordeal began when a neighbor complained about the family's dog, Yoko, going through their trash. Animal workers were called out to pick up the animal.

Thinking that was the case Yoko's owner, Carrie Leake called the city pound.

"I called the pound that day after she went missing. I described her to them and I was told they didn't have a dog like her." said Leake.

Yoko, the miniature bull terrier, didn't have tags and WAS at the pound, unbeknownst to workers.

The city has a 72 hour ordinance, if animals aren't claimed, they're euthanized.

"We have to make a decision in 72 hours. Hopefully, somebody will come and claim it; if we have some idea that we do have an owner that's in the makings, we'll actually keep them longer, but if nobody comes forward we have to put them down," said Dr. Dan Kincaid of the Pittsburg city pound.

After three days of searching Leake went to the city pound.

"We pulled up and their was somebody out at the pound, I described her to them and they said they had just put her to sleep 30 minutes before we got there. My heart dropped, she was, I'm sorry, my heart broke, but then I was mad because I knew that the only thing I did wrong was trust somebody. I trusted what I was told. I trusted she wasn't there," said Leake.

"By [the] ordinance we have followed if there's no owner that's appeared in that 72 hours, the dog, if it can not be adopted out, the animals are euthanized. The way the ordinance is written, it was followed," said Pittsburg Police Chief Richard Penn.

"Yoko is micro-chipped, all my dogs are micro-chipped, they said at the pound it was their policy to check, and I guess they just didn't with her," says Leake.

The Leake family is now campaigning to get the city to expand the 72 hour ordinance before dogs are put down.

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