PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - A pet owner was reunited with her dog after she had been told it had been euthanized.
Susan Stewart of Phenix City was reunited with her dog today here at the Russell County animal shelter after she says she was told it had been euthanized.
"It's horrible what they do to these animals while they are alive, I don't think it should be allowed," said Susan Stewart
In the past two weeks, Stewart's dog Felony went missing from her backyard and she says she initially thought her boyfriend had him.
She then saw a Facebook post of her dog, at the Russell County Animal shelter.
Stewart gave them a call but she was told her dog was euthanized. When she asked for proof, she said they couldn't provide any.
Soon afterward, she received a phone call from a volunteer at the shelter telling her that her dog was alive but on its way to Tuskegee.
Stewart says, "I kept pounding them, calling them, calling Russell County until eventually yesterday morning I went down there, and they said she had not been euthanized and that they did send her to Tuskegee. I called Tuskegee back and they said that they called Russell County and Russell County said they put her down but then eventually an hour later after I got to work they said Tuskegee had brought her back."
Some municipalities will sell or release animals for study, research or testing. Stewart says she believes that's what was in store for her dog had she not stepped in.
The representative from the shelter directed us to the Phenix City Chief of Police for our questions and we're awaiting a response. "pound seizure" is legal in Alabama and Georgia and some groups are looking to end the practice.
Stewart says she's just happy to be reunited with Felony and she's lucky to be alive.