A dog that was put out for adoption despite having bitten a child at the Kendall County animal control shelter was euthanized this morning, a county board member said today.
The dog, a bull mastiff named Moose, bit a 6-year-old boy at the county animal shelter in Yorkville on July 3, according to Kendall County sheriff’s police, and the head of Kendall County animal control told officials the dog was euthanized after that incident, officials said.
But instead, another bull mastiff at the shelter that had had problems was put down, and Moose was adopted by a couple in nearby LaSalle County. When officials found out Friday that Moose was still alive, the animal control administrator was put on leave, and officials asked the family to have the dog put down.
The family that had adopted the dog brought it in to the county veterinarian be euthanized this morning, said Kendall County Board member Anne Vickery.
“It’s a sad end to that part of the story,” Vickery said.
Moose, who had bitten two people before biting the boy, had bitten another person since he was adopted, Vickery said.
“The dog had bitten a neighbor of theirs,” Vickery said.
After initially telling officials and reporters the dog had been euthanized, the director of animal control, Christine Johnson, admitted Friday at a special meeting of the Kendall County Board’s animal control committee that she had said Moose was euthanized when the other dog was. Johnson was placed on administrative leave after the meeting.
The county board was expected to consider Johnson’s employment status at its meeting on Tuesday.