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Family upset after Madison Co. Animal Control euthanized dogs placed for adoption

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A pair of 9-month-old pitbull-terrier mix puppies were euthanized after a family dropped them off for adoption at Madison County Animal Control. (Credit: Fairchild Family) A pair of 9-month-old pitbull-terrier mix puppies were euthanized after a family dropped them off for adoption at Madison County Animal Control. (Credit: Fairchild Family)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

 "We felt like we were lied to, kind of misled," said Ben Fairchild.

Fairchild and his wife, Andi, were faced with a difficult decision.

The couple chose to give up their 9-month old pit bull-terrier mix puppies, Lola and Bella, after they got into a fight in the backyard.

"We wanted to protect our children and do the best thing for our family," said Ben Fairchild.

The Fairchilds tried to place the puppies in a number of area shelters, but they were all at capacity or didn't accept animals from the general public.

So, they took the dogs to Madison County Animal Control, where the couple says they were assured Lola and Bella would be placed in homes.

"Just because they weren't fit for us, doesn't mean they wouldn't have been a fit for somebody else," said Ben Fairchild.

Instead of being adopted, the dogs were euthanized days after being dropped off at Madison County Animal Control.

"Is that really their job to put animals to sleep for no good reason?" said Andi Fairchild. "Especially animals that were spoken for?"

"There is no accountability, there is no responsibility, there is not a boss down there," said Nev Fisher.

Fisher directs Partners 4 Pets, a no-kill animal shelter in Madison County.

Fisher says she expressed interest in the dogs at the July 10 Madison County Board Public Safety meeting with Madison County Animal Control supervisor Todd Cruse in attendance.

"I had actually figured out a plan for them and come up with some foster homes and space in our facility," said Fisher. "When I went in to pick them up two days after that meeting, they had been euthanized."

News 4 reached out to Madison County Animal Control regarding the euthanization, but no one was available to comment on the matter.

"This is exactly what we did not want to happen," said Kurt Prenzler

Madison County Chairman Kurt Prenzler says Madison County Animal Control ignored the county's 10-day hold policy for incoming animals and now he wants to know why.

"I don't want to prejudge the situation, but I want to assure everyone that we are going to do a thorough investigation of what took place," said Prenzler.

Prenzler says the subject will be addressed during the county's board meeting Wednesday evening. 

A protest over the dogs being put to sleep is scheduled ahead of Wednesday's meeting.

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