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$41,500 settlement reached on Nevada dog's euthanasia

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 03:51 a.m. HST, Sep 23, 2013



CARSON CITY, Nev. » Carson City supervisors have authorized a $41,500 settlement to avert a lawsuit over city Animal Service's euthanasia of a dog in July.

The board voted 4-0 on Thursday to approve the payment to Jeraldine Archuleta, owner of the shih tzu named Rollie.

Her lawyer, Cal Dunlap, released a statement praising the city's action and saying he and Archuleta have "accomplished (their) goals" with the settlement.

The case came to light when Archuleta wrote a letter to the Nevada Appeal explaining that she tried to retrieve her dog from the shelter the day after it was picked up but was told she'd have to pay $100 within 72 hours.

Archuleta said she asked for more time to pay the $100 but was unable to come up with the money fast enough. Rollie was euthanized on July 30, five days after it was impounded.

"I cannot believe that the staff at the animal clinic were so uncooperative and not willing to allow me a few days to get the funds together," Archuleta wrote.

Carson City supervisors concluded the case would have involved extensive legal work or a trial had a lawsuit been filed, the Appeal reported.

"Thus, the risk of attorney's fees and costs to litigate this matter would be substantially more than this pre-litigation settlement amount which fairly compensates both claimant and her attorney," a city document to supervisors states.

Randy Munn, chief deputy district attorney, said "indisputable facts" in the case included an Animal Services code change in May that allowed for 10-day boarding under protective custody at an owner's expense of animals under city control.

Under the previous ordinance, there was a 72-hour waiting period before such an animal became city property.

The city also is being sued by the former animal services manager who says she was defamed and unfairly ousted from her job because of public outrage over the death.







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DABLACK wrote:
The people employed at Animal Shelters should be animal lovers too !! How come the law regarding holding of pets were not addressed years ago ?? Is it that difficult to spot a stray from a home kept animal ?? Now the state loses money that could have been more effectively utilized elsewhere.
on September 23,2013 | 06:50AM
localguy wrote:
Once again bureaucrats, this time at Carson Cit, NV, are too insensitive, too incompetent, unethical, haven't got a clue what public service means. Along with the settlement those who were directly responsible for the dog's death should be fired. Hello, you are working at an animal shelter, not a crematorium. What part of taking care of animals do you not understand. I hope this legal settlement and adverse publicity has convinced these dysfunctional bureaucrats there are consequences for not performing to standard. Give us a break!!
on September 23,2013 | 07:14AM
patk wrote:
I blame the owner, why was the dog picked up in the first place.
on September 23,2013 | 08:39AM
lisadams wrote:
One thing is for sure, she will not have a hard time coming up with 100$ now. Not that that makes it any better, I can only imagine how broken hearted she is.
on September 23,2013 | 08:49AM
saveparadise wrote:
Dogs are gods gift to man. They teach us what we should be. Our own Hawaii Humane Society euthanizes dogs every day. Please adopt a rescue dog today. They provide you unconditional love and companionship for their entire life.
on September 23,2013 | 09:30AM
localguy wrote:
Hey. Lets not forget out kitty cats too. All deserve a home for life. Spay and neuter your pet.
on September 23,2013 | 12:22PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I can't believe that the fired manager is blaming the city for her lack common sense. She basically approved of putting to sleep a dog that an owner showed every intention of getting back. I'm sure that there are things we are not aware of regarding this story as often there are two sides to a story. But the fact remains that she allowed it to happen. One cannot question the amount of the settlement but the amount of grief and pain suffered by the pet owner is great. You cannot know it until you lose a close family pet. I think the pet shelter knew that it was in their best interest to just settle out of court instead of probably spending a whole lot more and even possibly being given a higher punitive damage.
on September 23,2013 | 02:49PM
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