August 1, 2014
After just four months on the job, the director of Reno's new animal shelter has resigned.
Michelle Williams' abrupt resignation comes after animal rescue groups complained about euthanasia policies. The issue arose last month when a woman wanted to adopt a 2-year-old Rottweiler named Lowrider.
Animal rescue workers described the dog as sweet, but shelter officials considered him dangerous. The dog was killed before the prospective owner could pick him up.
When the 17-million dollar facility opened three months ago, officials said they hoped to reduce euthanasia rates.
The shelter is the home for both the Nevada Humane Society and Washoe County Animal Services, housing nearly 600 cats and dogs.