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Rollie’s death still echoing in Carson City


Two months after being put down, a little shih tzu named Rollie is still causing big problems for — and leading to some positive changes in — Carson City, Nevada.

On July 25, Jeraldine Archuleta’s lost dog was picked up and brought into Carson City Animal Services.

The next day, Archuleta tried to retrieve the dog but was told she needed to pay $100 within 72 hours.

Archuleta couldn’t come up with the money, and her requests for more time were denied. Rollie was euthanized by the shelter five days later.

The heartbroken pet owner wrote a letter to the editor about the incident to the  Nevada Appeal, and its publishing prompting widespread public outrage. Last month, Gail Radtke, the manager of Carson City Animal Services, was fired. A health inspector was put in charge of the facility temporarily, and a second health department staff member was assigned to monitor front desk personnel.

All shelter staff are undergong new training, and policies are being reviewed as the city tries to “refocus the directions and goals” of the department, it said in a press release.

This week, city supervisors voted to pay Archuleta $41,500 to settle a lawsuit she filed over Rollie’s euthanasia, according to the Reno Gazette Journal

Meanwhile another lawsuit is pending against the city, filed by Radtke, who says she was defamed and unfairly ousted from her job because of public outrage over Rollie’s death.


Comment from reddawg
Time September 25, 2013 at 9:24 am

Here is to you Gail Radtke

May you find a compassionate heart.

Comment from Robin Hayes
Time September 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

You deserved to be fired! How cruel to kill a pet because the owner could not come up with the money to retrieve her doggie from jail. I suspect you don’t have any pets but if you do should find them a better home because you are not worthy.

Comment from TinaT
Time September 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Wow. I can’t imagine being that angry, bitter and heartless to hurt (let alone kill) someone’s beloved pet over $100…

Comment from Maurice
Time September 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I don’t think she was unfairly ousted, well, it was a really simple extension request she couldn’t give and now she wants to try to redeem herself, too late lady, too late