Missing pit bull euthanized in tragic animal control mix-up after owner was told dog would be 'safe'

A DOG mom in Illinois is grieving her missing pit bull after accusing an animal shelter of mistakenly euthanizing the dog once she tracked him down and arranged to pick him up.

Monica Lopez allegedly tracked down her dog, Dada, at Champaign County Animal Control after he escaped on December 18, but was assured he was "safe".

Since she wasn't able to make it to the center after the holidays, Lopez said she made arrangements to pick him up last Monday, according to WAND.

But before she arrived to bring Dada back home, she received the devastating news that her beloved dog had been mistakenly euthanized.

“They turnt [sic] around and gave me heartbreaking news that he was put down on Christmas day even tho [sic] they told me he was safe and warm,” Lopez said in an emotional Facebook post.

She continued: "You weren’t just a regular dog . You was my heart, my baby, a angel (sic). Fly high papas."

"Mommy is missing you everyday but I know doggy heaven will take care of you," she added, noting that Dada "didn't get a chance" to make it to The Humane Society in Illinois.

Champaign County Executive Darlene Kloeppel confirmed to the news station that an employee mistakenly put Dada down because they weren't told of Lopez's plans to retrieve him.

“Fortunately, errors of this type are rare,” Kloeppel told WAND in a statement.

“While the holidays and staff vacations made this circumstance unique, additional steps in animal control procedures have been put in place to prevent any similar gaps in communication in the future.”

As for Lopez, the heartbroken dog mom says she'll take "every step possible" to seek justice for her fur baby.

“Dada will get justice and I know nothing will ever bring him back, but this cannot happen to any more pit bulls,” Lopez told the news station.

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