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Animal Control euthanizes dog on day of scheduled pick up

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HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Hendersonville family is heart broken after Rocky, a beagle, was euthanized on the last day of a 10-day quarantine.

Rocky had escaped from his tether in front of the Huff family home. The 2-year-old beagle ran to the Huff's former home about mile away, where a dog park is located. When Misty Huff discovered Rocky missing she searched the neighborhood. A former neighbor told her Hendersonville Animal Control had picked up the dog.

It turned out that Rocky had bit a woman in the park.

"A lady told animal control when she reached for her cell phone on the ground, that's when Rocky bit her. The mark was smaller than the cuticle on your finger nail," said Huff.

According to Huff, she was told that under state law, Rocky had to be quarantined for 10 days. Rocky was brought to the Sumner County animal control.

When the 10-day quarantine ended on Nov. 20, two days before Thanksgiving, Huff called animal control, to tell them she was on her way to pick up Rocky, and pay a quarantine fee.

"I told them I was on my way and had the $150. I was so excited. They said Rocky? They put me on hold for eight minutes," said Huff.     

Huff hung up and called back. That's when she said, she got the shocking news.

"In a cold voice, the man on the other end of the line simply said 'they killed him, they put him to sleep'. The first thing I said was, what happened, you did what? They said 'we put him to sleep,'" said Huff.

Sumner County Sheriff Sony Weatherford said in a statement: "An internal investigation was conducted. No rules or policy was broken or violated. It was an unfortunate incident"

Huff said she went public with her story to make sure it does not happen to another family.

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