West Valley Humane Society Dir. placed on leave

Posted at 10:40 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 13:19:56-05

The West Valley Humane Society Board of Directors has placed Executive Director Jonathan Perry on unpaid administrative leave while it investigates after a family’s missing pet was euthanized.

On Your Side first brought you the story of Sheila Combs and her family dog, Bunny, Friday evening. 

The dog was picked up as a stray without a collar and was not microchipped. 

The shelter says they had the dog for a week and decided to put the dog down after it showed stroke or seizure-like symptoms for several days.

Combs had filed a missing pet report with the shelter and Perry told On Your Side on Friday a procedural error contributed to the incident.

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The board announced the move with a statement on its Facebook page.  Here it is in its entirety:

“The Board of Directors of the West Valley Humane Society along with its employees and volunteers are deeply saddened over Sheila Combs family’s loss of their beloved family dog, Bunny.

We understand that no words can ease the grief the Combs family is experiencing, however, we want to extend our sincerest condolences over this tragic situation. We also want to assure the Combs family, as well as the communities the shelter serves, that we are engaged in a thorough investigation into the incident.

We have procedures in place to do our very best to reunite lost pets with their owners. Until our investigation is complete our Director, Jonathan Perry will be on unpaid administrative leave. We humbly ask the community to keep in mind how much good work, by the dedicated employees and volunteers, does go on at the shelter 365- days of the year on behalf of the animals in need in Canyon County and surrounding areas. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.”

On Your Side reached out to Mr. Perry for comment but have not heard back from him at this time.