A FAMILY has been left in despair after the council put down without warning a formerly-stray dog they had requested to adopt.
Kungala's Carroll family just cannot understand why the council did not call to inform them the Staffordshire bull terrier cross had been put down, despite the family signing a form requesting the dog be returned to them if the rightful owner did not claim her.
"She was the sweetest thing," Sarah Carroll said. "She never reacted violently to anything, she did not even bark at incoming cars like our other dogs do.
"When my dad called the pound to get an update on the dog he was informed she had been put down due to temperament reasons.
"That's just bullsh*t.
"She was the sweetest dog, she just looked at you with those beautiful puppy dog eyes."
Sarah's father Mick Carroll had spent about two weeks encouraging the dog to eat and respond to him after it turned up on their property extremely malnourished.
Despite his attempts to keep the dog at arm's length in case it was returned to its owners, Mr Carroll still developed a connection with the pup and has been left "absolutely gutted" by the pound's decision to put her down.
"He just wanted his 'Free' back from the pound. But when it took him to call them to find out she had been put down, it destroyed him," Sarah said.
"He is now so depressed, he doesn't sleep, he barely eats. He feels regretful that he did the right thing by taking her to the vet and the pound. He blames himself that the dog was put down.
"Their lack of administration communication has caused this beautiful dog to lose its life."
The council said the dog was put down for behavioural reasons.
Acting general manager Troy Anderson said all animals that arrived at the pound went through a behavioural assessment to make sure they were not a threat to possible new owners or others that might come into contact with them, and this dog failed to pass stage one of that test.
"This dog displayed behaviour that was a real concern and we have a duty of care to make sure animals that pose a risk are not released into the community," he said.