Rodriguez-Porras v. Miami-Dade Animal Services (2005)
Cynthia A. McNeely
Jeffrey P. Ehrlich, Assistant County Attorney
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This Miami-Dade County, Florida case concerns the unauthorized euthanization of the plaintiff's dog, "Cowboy." Cowboy was a beloved family pet who was fitted with an identification microchip in case he was ever lost. In August of 2005, Cowboy got loose after being frightened by a storm. He was then picked up by an animal shelter officer. The plaintiff was inaccurately informed that no dog matching Cowboy's description was at the shelter (records from the shelter showed he was actually picked up the same day he escaped from his home). Five days later, she was informed that Cowboy was at the shelter. After telling the shelter she would be there the next day to pick up Cowboy (since the shelter was closing and would not wait for her to arrive), the shelter euthanized the dog despite assurances to plaintiff that he would be kept safe. Plaintiff sued animal control, the county, and police department for intentional infliction of emotional distress, conversion, wrongful disposition of a body, and negligence.
Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint (2005) (pdf file - 823.83 KB)
Continuation of Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint, Exhibits, and Defendant's Answer (10/24/2005) (pdf file - 1.35 MB)