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UPDATE: Warrick Co. Health Dept. Official confirms live dog thrown in landfill

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Aaron Franz with the Warrick County Health Department has confirmed a living dog was thrown into a landfill near Boonville Thursday.

The Health Department says it's common procedure for frozen euthanized dogs to be dumped into landfills, but they shouldn't still be alive.

The supervisor of animal control says due to space limitations, the county's two Animal Control Officers attempted to euthanize that dog, but didn't wait until it was fully dead before bringing it to the dump.

Health department officials say normal procedure was violated. They say what happened Thursday is not acceptable and the two employees have been reprimanded.

"I want to apologize on behalf of the department to anybody that was affected by the incident because that's never anything we want to do. I want to make sure that all of the animals that are in our care are properly and humanely cared for," Franz said.

Officials say they believe this was an isolated event involving only one animal.

Although, following this, viewers and the Warrick Humane Society have expressed concerns over complaints not being addressed by Animal Control.

"There's nothing we can do about it. We don't have any enforcement. So we just tell them to call animal control," says Warrick Humane Society Executive Director Nancy Lybarger.

Animal Control Officials say they haven't heard of any of those complaints and would like public to let them know.

"If we need more funding, that's what we need to do.  We need to rally the community to say we need more space, we need more kennels, more money to feed them," says Warrick County Resident Penny Titzer.

"There has to be something they can do, there has to be a place to store animals until they can find a home for them, they just put live animals into dumps," said Tracy Brasel, also a resident of Warrick County.

14 News is told the dog now has been given a second dose of medicine and is dead.

The Health Department says $150,000 has been approved to build a new Animal Control facility in Boonville next year.

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