The neighbor who brought Roxie to the shelter had no idea what had happened until the next day when Stalter and Sullivan showed up and let her know their dog was dead.
"I was extremely surprised and taken aback because I had been under a different impression of the county," the woman said. "I was extremely sad for the family and I was upset and mad. [Roxie] did not seem in distress at all under my care. She was just a sweetheart."
Rodrigo Silva, assistant county manager and director of MCACC, who on February 5 coincidentally announced his retirement, told The Dodo that the Roxie incident played no part in his decision to resign. He stressed the importance of identification and having additional contact information on a pet for emergency situations. "At the time of the exam, our vet who assessed her believed it was in her best interest to be euthanized," he said.
With regard to the 72-hour stray hold, Stalter's attorney John Schill of the Schill Law Group in Scottsdale, Arizona, said, "There is an exception if the dog is suffering. The dog can be euthanized. But clearly looking at the video, Roxie was not in distress. She was not suffering.
"There was talk about Roxie that she didn't have a tag on her. Roxie never ran away before. She only got out because of a third-party person who got in the yard to steal a bike." He said the neighbor did what she was supposed to do by bringing her to MCACC.
Justice for Roxie
Schill says he will conduct a full investigation: "By statute, they need to hold Roxie for three days, and they violated that."
The family wanted to be with Roxie in her final hours, which were supposed to be at their home, not in the confusion and chaos of the pound. "Always have your babies collared and chipped," Stalter said. "I've learned that. She didn't have a collar because her tumor was big. Why wasn't she chipped? She was so old by the time we thought about it."
Stalter said she didn't realize how many times she actually thought about Roxie in a day until now. "I went to throw my food under the table for her yesterday, and I started crying."
In her later years, Roxie enjoyed cuddling up in her blanket at home.Corinne Stalter