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Puppy scheduled for adoption accidentally euthanized

Jojo, a German shepherd puppy in the Hillsborough Animal Shelter, was hours away from his new home when he was put down by accident. (Source: Facebook/WTSP/CNN) Jojo, a German shepherd puppy in the Hillsborough Animal Shelter, was hours away from his new home when he was put down by accident. (Source: Facebook/WTSP/CNN)

TAMPA, FL (WTSP/CNN) - A Florida animal shelter is under fire after a puppy there was mistakenly euthanized hours before he was scheduled for adoption.

Jojo, a German shepherd, was put down at the Hillsborough Animal Shelter.

Crystal Mews tried to adopt the puppy but was told to call back. She made several calls throughout the day until she said a worker told her off on the phone.

"I was told they were tired of my crap," Mews said. "And she said she was just a volunteer, and so she doesn't work for the shelter and get paid; they have 900 animals that come through and that there were plenty of other animals to adopt."

The incident has been turned over to Hillsborough Human Resources for investigation.

Disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, is pending.

"We've now requested that a supervisor be in the room at all times while animals are being euthanized to double check the staff that's supposed to be double checking the record," said Animal Services Director Ian Hallett about policy changes following the incident.

But Hallett has even bigger issues to deal with.

An external report commissioned by the county indicates management is failing the agency in terms of employee strife and unsanitary conditions at the shelter - including a recent parvovirus breakout.

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