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Woman hoping to euthanize "aggressive" dog at PACC surprised to see on adoption site

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One dog owner is confused and shocked after discovering her “aggressive” 8-year-old Chihuahua Pogo, which she intended to get euthanized at Pima Animal Care, appeared on the adoption list just a day later.

“For the last six months, we've been really trying to decide what to do for her, becoming increasingly violent, attacking our other dog,” Lorri Hans said.

Hans and her partner Debbie live in Summerhaven. She said Pogo’s aggressive behavior came out of the blue, escalating over this past year.  

Pogo would exhibit violent tendencies toward Rozie, also a Chihuahua, multiple times a day.

The behavior only escalated.

"It seemed like when she started biting at us that she was just crying out for help and I just didn't know what help she needed,” Hans said.

Paying thousands of dollars to get medical tests done on Pogo wasn’t possible.

On Tuesday, Lorri’s partner, Debbie, took Pogo to PACC with the hope to put her to sleep.

But then this happened: "To find your dog's up for adoption the same day that you dropped them off, I don't think is a fair assessment of the animal,” Hans said.

Pima County officials stated Debbie initially told PACC that Pogo needed to be euthanized because of brain cancer.

No medical records or veterinarian information was provided.

County officials said the owner then explained Pogo had become aggressive another dog at home without mentioning any form of aggression toward humans.

"I've known that dog 8 years. How could they get to know her in 2 hours,” Hans said.

County officials said Pogo did not demonstrate any of the behaviors described by the owner. toward PACC staff or volunteers.

“We put for adoption animals we believe are adoptable. It is self-defeating to adopt dogs or cats that are a danger to people or other animals,” said Mark Evans, Pima County public communications manager.

Heart-broken and dumbfounded, Lorri now only hopes for the best for little Pogo.

“I guess I'm hopeful now that maybe the right person will come along. Maybe Pogo will come back. Maybe her behavior will change. Maybe she just didn't like the mountain.”

To read full response by Pima County, click here. 

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