Family dog mistakenly euthanized

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Alyssa Minton is missing her little buddy, Peanut.

"Saturday, he had followed my daughter down the street to her friend's house and she came home and didn't know where he was at," said Jonathan Minton, Alyssa's father.

The Minton family searched for the chihuahua Sunday and finally called animal control on Monday.

"They made a report of it, then Tuesday morning, that's when they came and said, Sunday we euthanized him," said Minton.

Animal Control is supposed to keep stray dogs for five days. Peanut was euthanized after one. Animal Care and Control officials didn't want to talk on camera, but they said over the phone that when they brought Peanut in, he failed a health and temperament screening, then someone mistakenly thought he'd already been there for five days. That's when the decision was made to euthanize him.

This evening, an animal control worker returned Peanut's remains to the Minton family.

"It feels real bad...I mean...he was a family member. He was like a son to me...and now...that's all we got left of him," he said.

Animal control officials said the worker responsible is no longer working there. Minton said he appreciated the care the other workers showed.

"With him actually showing up and taking the time out of his day, I know they got animals to catch, that really...that's why I shook his hand when I was here, because that really...I really respect that," said Minton.

Minton says he'll get his other dog microchipped and will make sure it stays on a leash whenever it's outside.

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