• Family wants body of service dog back after alleged wrongful euthanasia

    By: Deanna Bettineschi


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Brian Williams and JoAnn Williams are still coming to terms with the fact that their service dog, Baby Girl, is no longer with them.

    They say Baby Girl was being watched by their friend while they were on a trip, but got loose.

    The Williams family claims St Johns County Animal Control picked her up, but then euthanized her, even though they say she had a microchip.

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    They are asking for her body back but aren’t sure if that will happen.

    “Her along with several other dogs had been shipped to Folkston Georgia to a landfill,” said JoAnn Williams.

    Action News reached out to county officials, who said, “The body was disposed of according to county policy and procedure.”

    The family says her collar may still be at the shelter and are requesting that back, too.

    “I have requested her collar back because I was going to place it with her memorial,” said JoAnn Williams.

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    As Baby Girl’s family says the local group Pit Sisters is providing them with a new dog.

    “They sent us a picture of her -- we've beamed her Star, she's solid black and has a spot on her nose,” said JoAnnWilliams.

    JoAnn Williams said they hope to train the new dog to become a comfort animal for JoAnn’s bipolar disorder.

    The family tells says they will be holding a memorial for Baby Girl next Sunday at 3 p.m. at the corner of King and St. George streets in St. Augustine.

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