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Tennessee shelter offers statement on euthanization of 'Jax' and calls for end to threats, harassment

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

A Tennessee animal shelter says it has received threats since word spread that it euthanized a one-time northeast Indiana dog that had been surrendered by its owners.

In a statement posted Thursday afternoon, PAWS of Rutherford County, Tenn., cited "miscommunication regarding a dog" named Jax, which had been adopted out of the Allen County SPCA. Jax's family turned the dog in to the Tennessee shelter when they were no longer willing or able to care for the dog.

What happened thereafter is in dispute, but the Allen County SPCA said it took steps to reacquire Jax with hopes of finding the German Shepherd mix a new home. Instead, they told ABC21, the dog was put to sleep in Tennessee.

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In its statement on Thursday, officials with PAWS of Rutherford County said they are legally unable to release certain details, but "this specific dog unfortunately was euthanized due to major behavioral issues."

It notes that the shelter has not put down any animal for space reasons since April 2017, and goes on to "kindly (ask) that the threats and excessive calls, posts and messages discontinue, so we can continue this mission, and assist and help the animals of the shelter and those in the community."

Officials ask that any questions be directed to the Allen County SPCA.

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