A veterinarian at Hillsborough County Animal Services has been placed on administrative leave for failing to take action when a dog was brought into the facility in distressed labor over the weekend, officials said.
A Hillsborough County animal safety and enforcement officer brought in a pregnant mother dog on Saturday, officials said.
The veterinarian was told of the dog’s distressed condition, but took no action, officials said.
On Sunday morning, animal service staff saw that the mother dog had given birth to a puppy. However, the puppy was dead, officials said.
The on-duty veterinarian determined that the mother dog had to be euthanized because of her poor condition.
The case will be investigated and further action will be taken, animal services said in a statement.
“Hillsborough County Animal Services takes these matters very seriously,” the agency said in a prepared statement.
Scott Trebatoski was hired recently from Jacksonville to bring stability to an agency that had brought disappointment to rescue groups and volunteers. He has a known for a reputation of turning around poor performing shelters.
A goal of his at the animal shelter is to closely monitor the euthanasia policies and procedures to avoid repeating unwarranted cat and dog killings.