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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Rescue groups claim animals they are trying to adopt from the Memphis Animal Shelter are instead being euthanized.

It's not the first time Memphis Animal Services has made making headline. In 2012 three shelter employees were charged with animal cruelty.

Dea Davis Ibarra of Save Our Shelter Memphis, is very unhappy with the way she says the Memphis Animal Shelter treated her when she tried to adopt a 1-year-old golden retriever last week.

"The public needs to know that not all the dogs that are being put down are vicious," Ibarra said.

When she went back the  next day, Ibarra said Moriah, the golden retriever, had been euthanized because the shelter said she was too aggressive. But Ibarra disagrees and feels Moriah could have been rehabilitated.

"I got a hug and was told she was too vicious to be in the public," she said.

Ibarra was able to rehabilitate another adopted dog, Duke, who has a spinal cord injury but is recovering.
Rescue groups like hers regularly visit the shelter to try and adopt some of the strays.

Shelter Director James Rogers said they make every effort to get the strays healthy and adoptable.
 
"I am not against euthanasia," Rogers said, "I am against unfair and cruel euthanasia."

Ibarra said here have been about four similar cases this week alone. She says her friend, another rescue group activist, adopted and paid for a dog from the shelter last week, but staff said the animal was accidentally euthanized. Rogers admitted that was an unfortunate human error.

"We just cry to each other and then just get back in and do it again," Rogers said.

Ibarra vows to continue fighting, doing whatever she needs to do to make sure more stray dogs can find forever homes, instead of being euthanized.

Rogers said most strays are kept for at least 72 hours, and over the last two years, euthanasia rates have gone from 10,000 to 7,000 a year.

 

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