Shelter director fired, pet mistakenly destroyed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis city officials have fired the manager of the city's animal shelter after a pet was euthanized by mistake.

According to The Commercial Appeal, the employment of Chelton Beamon was terminated on Tuesday, following a review of his performance. On Wednesday, officials acknowledged a 9-month-old Labrador-American bulldog mix named Nola was destroyed early because of an incorrect date on paperwork. She was one of two dogs that dug under a fence and got out of a pen on May 4.

Dogs are supposed to be held for 72 hours before they can be euthanized.

An official said a new employee listed the wrong date, posted an unrecognizable photo of the dog on the shelter's website and failed to scan Nola for microchips.


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