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Woman Claims Shelter Euthanized Her Dogs Meant For Adoption

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio - A Reynoldsburg woman claims the Franklin County dog shelter murdered her dogs after she reluctantly gave them up for adoption.

NBC4 reported Tuesday night that an investigation is underway into allegations against the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.

Nichole Guthrie contacted NBC4 Investigates, saying she reluctantly gave her two dogs to the shelter to be adopted. A short time later, Guthrie said, she found out they were euthanized.

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Guthrie said her two miniature pinschers, Donner and Duke, were more than dogs. They were family.

"I treated them like my own. Everywhere I went, they would go with me. They'd sleep in the bed with me. They were amazing. They were really good dogs," Guthrie said.

But after Guthrie's daughter, Serena, arrived in September, it became clear to Guthrie that she had a decision to make.

"I couldn't give the attention that I wanted to give them and they weren't the best with her. You know, because of the attention," Guthrie said. "They got very jealous."

After trying to find a new home for the dogs, Guthrie said she turned them over to the dog shelter.

"I thought the shelter was a great place because they adopt dogs. They find them a good home," Guthrie said.

She said she left workers her phone number, and was assured that they would find a good home for her dogs.

But Guthrie said that when she checked back less than two weeks later to see how they were doing, she was shocked.

"So I called and they told me they failed all the assessments and they couldn't find a no-kill shelter for the dogs, and they euthanized them," she said. "I just felt like there was no reason to kill my dogs. They were really good dogs. There was nothing wrong with them. I'm upset by it because I felt like they just murdered by animals."

Guthrie now said she is riddled with guilt, saying she dropped off her loving dogs at a place where they were doomed to die.

"I would have paid to get them out if I knew they were going to be killed," she said.

NBC4 attempted to obtain a comment about the investigation and the policy for euthanizing dogs, but the shelter's spokesperson directed questions to the Franklin County Commissioners.

The commissioners' public affairs director has not yet returned calls for comment.

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